May is a glorious month isn't it? So much comes into bloom and the trees thicken out and it's hard to ever imagine they were once bare. We've had all the seasons, paddling pool and melting ice cream days, BBQ (real and shoot ones) and then all the rain, thunder, chills and wondering if I should wear my coat again only to be sweltering an hour later. Our house is crumbly and creaky and full of jobs asking to be first on the to-do list but on these long days I so appreciate this house, the back door is open, the guys are outside for most of it, making snail hotels, showing me slugs, being pirates with sticks and learning how to swing by themselves. When they finally venture in, they are grubby, hungry and tired I feel like we are in an Enid Blyton book, although they don't know what that means. It's these tiny happy moments that happen when the days are long and the rain clouds stay away.
I hope you've had these moments in your month of May?
Anyway on to the 10 good things....
No Sugar for 30 Days
It's taken me 5 months to get past two consecutive days of no sugar... and this time I did it! From the 1st May and still going, no sugar in my coffee or any other sugar or processed food. I also switched from cow's milk to oat, and whilst it took some getting used to on the coffee front, it tastes completely normal now. The reason for doing this wasn't about my weight but I wanted to see if it would make any difference to the daily joint pain I have, the consistent tiredness, the brain fog, the forgetfulness and the impatience and frustration that they then cause. Medically (as I've annoyed the Drs a lot with the above list) there's nothing wrong with me so would a radical change in diet do anything... well yes, unbelievably the joint pain has disappeared. It's funny we sometimes don't notice the absence of something? I'm not sure when it stopped but I've been watching and waiting like a hawk for it to return and it's been at least a week that it's not there! There's definitely more clarity, I've felt more on top of lists and getting things done, I still forgot Eden had trampolining class, don't tell him, but there's a slight and definite shift towards the better. I think I feel calmer, there's definitely still impatience and shouting but it feels a little more manageable. Half way through I started Emma's Vitality Series, which starts off plant based and then introduces cheese (and seafood) and me being me ate a whole Halloumi one day, the next a tub of Feta and my skin broke out in protest. I cut out cheese again and my skin cleared up immediately. It may have been the quantity (!!) or it may be that cheese is not my friend. I will try and introduce it more normally at some point. The second good thing about May was...
Emma's Vitality Series
I was invited by the lovely Olivia from WeekendIn to a talk on nutrition with Emma and if we wanted to we could join in her 30 day programme which started mid May, I so enjoyed Emma's practical but thorough approach to nutrition, balancing hormones and creating a way of eating that would address many of my ailments. We tried many of Emma's simple to make but satisfying and delicious breakfast choices and I was sold, it felt like a plan I could buy into. And so far I've followed it as best as possible since.