Happy Sunday guys! I hope you’re having as lovely a weekend as I’m hopefully having right now… I’m writing this on Saturday morning just as I’m about to head off to London to have a spa day and overnight stay with my mum. I could not be more excited.
After a stressful time with health recently, specifically chronic migraines, I’ve been counting down the days till this weekend. I’ll update you on exactly how it went next week.
I have been back and forth to London so much recently, this is the third time this week (a lot for me considering I don’t work in London and don’t normally go there more than once every few months) and I’m back up again next week too.
On Monday I went to a brilliant conference as part of the ‘Vote 100 Project’ which is a Parliamentary project to mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. The conference was for historians who are researching the suffragette movement, offering tips and tricks to gather the information you need from various sources, including the records held by government. It was a workshop for my full time job to help with a work project and it was so, so interesting, I really enjoyed the day. Oh and it was in the Houses of Parliament too which was rather exciting – AND they did an amazing lunch. I was given my own wheat-free wraps and it was all for free!
I enjoyed being a regular little tourist for the day too, although it took me about FIVE HOURS to push through the crowds to get a decent shot of Big Ben. Give a girl some space! And I have never seen so many selfie sticks in my life.
On Thursday I was back in London for my bimonthly appointment with my migraine doctor. I think I was in and out of my appointment in record time – about 10 minutes! But as usual the doctor was lovely and helpful and had new tricks up her sleeves which I’m keen to get started on. It’s just a long road ahead, but at least there are options and still things to try.
Afterwards, I met up with a friend for coffee before getting the train back down to Brighton so it was quite a nice little afternoon out. I fancied something sweet to nibble on and tide me over for my train journey back so nipped into a newsagents by the station. I was thinking of getting something a bit naughty but low and behold I was faced with shelf upon shelf of healthy (health-ier at least) snacks to choose from! Of course they did have the usual suspects further into the shop but it was so nice to see healthier options on display first.
I bought a pack of goji berry and coconut protein balls. They did cost a whopping £1.89 and the balls were quite small (there were six in the pack) but I don’t mind paying that when I know I’m getting some goodness and it’s filling. I was really pleased to see that they were gluten free, dairy free, soy free and had no added sugar.
For anyone who can’t read the ingredients they are: pitted dates, date syrup, cashew butter, goji berries, desiccated coconut, pea protein, hemp protein, rice protein, cacao powder and chia seeds.
The date syrup probably means they wouldn’t be suitable for someone still in the elimination phase of a low FODMAP diet, but as I know my main triggers are lactose and wheat I was quite happy with this as it’s so difficult to find foods that are both wheat-free and lactose- or dairy-free.
One good thing about all the trips to London is the ‘me’ time I get on the train journeys. Is that sad? I really look forward to them! Whether it’s listening to music or a podcast, doing a spot of knitting (ok I’m sounding really old now) or reading a good copy of Stylist magazine, I enjoy the hour or so not having to concentrate or think about anything else.
It’s been a good week and I hope you’ve had a good one too.
Bye bye now!