In this article, I have listed some of what I find to be the most helpful guides for mental health support and contact information to charities that can help you and your loved ones.
As with physical health, learning more about mental health and where to start with improving your own mental health, or that of a loved one, can be overwhelming. The internet is absolutely full of blogs, guides and resources and this list of helpful guides for mental health support will (hopefully) serve as a starting point.
You may have read that certain foods can trigger or contribute to fibromyalgia symptoms and flares. I myself have certainly found this to be true with sugar, dairy and nightshades. This article will explain a little into why that might be, some research about nightshades and fibromyalgia and what to do if you think you might be nightshade sensitive.
When I decided to cut out refined sugar, one thing I didn’t ever, ever want to stop having were my favourite chewy chocolate chip cookies. Fortunately for me, although perhaps unfortunately for my overused oven, I didn’t have to.
Previously, when baking chocolate chip cookies I would use heaps of brown sugar, flour and sugar laden chocolate. Now, after (happily) testing out many different versions, I have developed my best cookie recipe yet.
When I cut out refined sugar, I was shocked at commercial food that contains added and/or refined sugar.
In my first shop, I bought a bottle of ‘healthy’ salad dressing. The packaging looked wholesome, the word ‘healthy’ was proudly shining up at me, there was an illustration of a vegetable, you name it, this bottle had it and I thought I was on the right track.
Until I read the label.
So you’ve made the decision to reduce or cut out refined sugar from your diet. The decision itself is easy but sometimes the next steps to put in this positive change into motion can be a little harder, luckily it doesn’t have to be.
That’s where I come in.
I used to eat a huge amount of refined sugar every day so if I can do it, so can you. Here are the tips I wish I had been given when I cut out sugar.
This chocolate pistachio brownies recipe uses ground walnuts as an alternative to flour so not only is this recipe gluten free, but it has all the fantastic benefits that walnuts have to offer and trust me, these guys aren’t messing around. This recipe is also vegan and refined sugar free.
A big part of cutting out or reducing refined sugars is learning how to read commercial food labels. To begin with, I thought that so long as the label didn’t have the word ‘sugar’ on it, I was good to go.
Unfortunately it’s not always that obvious.
Reading commercial food labels can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Use the below list of common sweeteners to help you when you do your next food shop.
Refined sugar free, easy to bake and ready from start to finish in 30 minutes. These cookies are soft and chocolatey with a soft salt aftertaste from the peanut butter and salt flakes. As well as being refined sugar free, these cookies are diary free and vegan.
This week, rhubarb is at it’s peak in the UK, which I was super excited about because I have been wanting to make an exciting flapjack recipe and rhubarb is a perfect fit! This recipe doesn’t use any refined sugars at all, it is sweetened naturally with honey/agave and berries.
I have been experimenting for a while to make a refined sugar free alternative to the ever so popular lemon and poppy seed cake. As I was using honey as an alternative to refined sugar, the cakes were coming out quite dense, with each cake I became more and more frustrated and hungry. Then it hit me, the idea I mean, not the heavy cakes, that would have knocked me out cold, ground nuts! I tried one last attempt using ground almonds instead of flour and it finally worked! The cake is super light and fluffy with a soft lemon flavour that leaves you with a light, summery aftertaste.