I feel like I’ve been quite busy recently, hence my lack of blog post within the week. Sorry!
Here are just a few of the things I’ve been up to:
Enjoying the sun at Eastbourne Extreme: At the weekend I went to an extreme sports festival in Eastbourne, which is a little further east along the south coast (for my international followers). It was free to get in and comprised loads of sports and activities – I went mainly because there were loads of roller derby games, but there was also in-line skating, BMXing, surfing, paddleboarding and more. There was also a little adjoining park with a beer tent and a music stage, so we spent a lot of time in there! Brighton Rockers were there and it was great to watch them play a game – some of the girls from Fresh Meat training played which was brilliant! Annoyingly I forgot to take any photos apart from this one, of me relaxing on the grass.
Reviewing my experience of the low FODMAP diet: I had a follow-up appointment with a dietician to review how I’ve been getting on in the reintroduction stage of the low FODMAP diet. So far, so good and the dietician was really pleased with how strict I’ve been when doing the tests. She didn’t offer a miracle cure or revolutionary advice exactly, but she gave me the perk up I needed. It can be quite disheartening when following such a strict diet, there are constantly foods I can’t eat and I end up with the same meals when I go out (if I see one more chicken salad…) but actually it showed that although I have a way to go I’m on the right track. There will be a lot more trial and error testing to do but I now have an idea of where my worse intolerances lie and which foods I can get away with eating in smaller portions (or when they’re eaten as a standalone food).
Feeling under the weather: I mentioned in my last round up that I’d been feeling ill and I’m sad to say this continued into the following week too! I had a poorly tum AND a migraine 🙁 Bad times. But I’m pleased to say I’ve been doing much better this week so far. I have chronic headaches and migraines so although they’re not fun, I’m sort of used to them. But when it’s combined with stomach pain it can become a bit much!
Anyway, I’m fine now, less of the moaning Amy.
Plaiting my hair: This seems like a funny thing to mention but I’ve been plaiting my hair a lot recently and loving it. How 90s am I? I have to tie my hair back for derby training but it has to be low so it doesn’t get in the way of my helmet so I always put it in plaited pigtails before. But now it’s long enough to go in a side plait which I really like! And I’ve been plaiting a small bit at the front and pinning it back and feeling like a Greek goddess.
You can just about see the plait here. You can also just about see a pug giving me the eye.
Planning a camping trip: The Brighton Rockers are planning a camping trip as a kind of social event away so that we can all get to know each other better, which I think is a brilliant idea! We’re all going to go somewhere local in about a month and there’ll be about 30 or so of us – so I’m sure it’ll be loads of fun.
Entertaining: We had a friend round for dinner and I cooked up a big veggie chilli con carne (or should that be chilli san carne?) with tortilla chips and homemade guacamole. It was delicious! It wasn’t low FODMAP because I was testing combining a small amount of beans with the avocado in the guacamole, but still, I will share the recipe at some point as it was really nice. Tip: squeezing lime over chilli con carne hits the spot.