DBT – Time To Talk Tuesday

Dialectical behavior therapy - time to talk tuesdays

It has been awhile since I last wrote a post in Time to Talk Tuesday’s and in a way I have been hiding in the sand about my mental health refusing to acknowledge it to myself and that is when things get worrying. I am now in therapy and I have been waiting for the entry module to roll around for DBT and now it finally has; which is good because I have well and truly fallen back into old patterns which I really didn’t want too. Read more

Chickpea Salad Toasties – Meatless Monday

Chickpea Salad Toastie - Meatless Mondays

I truly adore chickpeas, they are so versatile and incredibly good for you plus they are the main ingredient in hummus and if you know me personally you know that I’m it’s biggest fan TRU DAT! Haha…anyway back to the delightfulness of this toastie! It lasts well and is really tasty plus with a couple of simple swaps it is entirely vegan too! 00Steve was surprised at how much it looked like tuna, but he is fast against chickpeas and hummus (I know how on earth does our marriage work?!) so he won’t try it sadly. But I freaking LOVED it! Read more

Harissa Spiced “Salad” – Meatless Mondays

harissa spiced cous cous salad - meatless monday

Today’s Meatless Monday was a game changer for me and has quickly become a go to meal that is both quick and easy which means it is now a staple for my lunch for work! It is also easier on the waist line than some of my other meals which is clearly a good thing! Cous cous is a fairly light carb that is filling and lends itself to other flavours really well. Read more

Why Did I Start My Blog?

why did i start my blog?

I received an email recently about a blog contest and I thought why the heck not! The topic I chose was quite obviously “Why did I start my blog” so here it goes!

I have been writing this blog for a little over two years now and unless you have been here from the start in which case *big waves!* and thank you for sticking it out with me, you might not know what compelled me to start writing in the first place. Writing my blog was more of an online diary with the very first post going live before my surgery to remove my jpouch and form my ileostomy, it was there to help me work through my issues and fear as I struggled to verbalise them.  Read more

Exercise on Prescription – Time to Talk Tuesdays

Exercise on prescription

I have to admit until a few months ago I didn’t know this was a thing until the Crisis Team told me about exercise on prescription. Which as long as your GP surgery and local gym provide this service you can get for free or a reduced price 12 month access to help with mental health or long term physical conditions. Read more

Stuffed Courgettes – Meatless Monday

stuffed courgette - meatless monday

It has been a little while since I have done a Meatless Monday and the reason still hasn’t changed…I eat pretty much the same thing over and over again! What hasn’t changed is my love of courgettes and I am trying to eat them in different ways rather than falling back on my trusted courgettini and spaghetti mix. Which leads me to stuffed courgette! Read more

What do Ostomates Deem as Accessories?

What do Ostomates deem as Accessories?

We have all heard about ostomates suffering changes to their prescriptions or items being no longer available to them. I did a survey earlier in the year in which ostomates around the country said whether they were affected and what they deemed as accessories as from what I saw in the groups it tended to be the things healthcare professionals that aren’t stoma care nurses deemed as essential to good stoma care. Read more

Returning to Work after Maternity Leave

returning to work after maternity leave

Returning to work after maternity leave can be quite stressful to some mums but for others as much as they love their children they can’t wait to get back to work and be “them” for a few hours rather than “mum”. I have gone back after maternity twice now and both times were very different. After Ra-Ra was born I went back to a job where I knew the staff, the job and it felt very much like my colleagues were family. This time after Button; I went into a whole new job where other than the basics of the job (once worked in care the basics are always the same) I didn’t know anyone, new paperwork and a new location. I feel very much like the outcast the typical new girl in the films of the 2000’s I grew up watching. Trying to join in with already established cliques. Read more