I can’t believe it’s been two months since I went on holiday. I’m not even sure why it’s taken this long to post it but it was an amazing holiday and I think this place may even be on my list of places to visit again. Until this year I had never flown anywhere and we decided to go somewhere we hadn’t been before, had good weather when we were going, in our budget and was all inclusive.Continue reading
It’s the second to last day of the Marks and Spencer’s advent calendar, though I know a lot of advent calendars end today and they always did when I was growing up. When does advent actually end? I always thought the 24th but so many include the 25th now too. Anyway, today’s gift is the Pur Illuminate and Glow Primer, the second primer in three days so I kind of wish they’d spread the two out a bit more. It’s a corrective primer that has some shimmer in it to give a glowy look for a base. The full sized tube is 30ml and £24 so this 10ml tube contains £8 of product. It has a bit of a peachy bronze look to me and definitely has shimmer in so I’m not sure how much I’ll use it as primer.
The second thing from an advent calendar, well kind of, is the Forest Walk Wax Tart from the Scented Seasons Shop Twelve Scents of Christmas set I bought and have been picking them out at random as a kind of home done advent calendar. The set was £15 for twelve wax tarts or they can be bought individually for £1.25 each where you pick your scents.
I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve already! We have some things we do on Christmas Eve every year, they’ve become traditions as well as some of them being practical. Things like getting food bits ready or watching certain movies, I love these things that become traditions and are different for each family and don’t necessarily have anything too Christmassy about them.
I feel like I’ve been away more this past month than I have the whole year leading up to it! Last weekend I went to Edinburgh with my parents to visit my sister and visited my first Christmas Market, or Winter Market on the day it opened and had an open top bus tour. As Edinburgh is where JK Rowling was living when she wrote Harry Potter there’s a lot of buildings and places around that are supposed to have inspired her so we visited the supposed inspiration for Diagonal Alley (and I Mya have bought some things) as well as the grave of Tom Riddel, possibly the inspiration for Tom Riddle or Voldemort, and the cafe she wrote in.
I’ve always thought the hop on, hop off type open top bus tours seem a great way to visit a city. They are a bit expensive but you get to see the sites as well as get on and off it as many times as you want in 24 hours with a tour guide or recorded guide. It’s definitely a tourist thing to do but they go every twenty minutes so you’ll easily get one.
I started the Low-GL (Glycaemic Load) diet eight weeks ago, there’s a post with a bit more about it here if you want more information on what it actually is. I have to say that when I hear the word diet I automatically think of not being able to eat much, feeling hungry or avoiding carbs but I have not found that I missed anything in this diet.
The main idea is to have the right proportions of a more carb heavy food, protein and a lot of low carb veg so it turns the carb into a more slow release sugar rather than having the peaks and lows that I was having before.
I started this as it’s a bit of a different version of the Low-GI (Glycaemic Index) diet that was recommended by an ME specialist a couple of years ago. I tried Low GI and I just couldn’t work it out so ended up giving up as it didn’t seem to work but it may be more to do with me failing to get it right. With my ME one of the symptoms I have is post prandial hypoglycaemia, though I don’t have diabetes my blood sugar drops low a few hours after eating so this diet was recommended to even that out.
I recently did a post on starting the Low GL diet and a couple of the books I bought for it, if you want to read that post it’s here and explains a bit about the ideas behind it. This is a bit of a different book review on that, as these two are so similar, I thought I’d do a bit of a comparison between them. The two books are The Low-GL Diet Made Easy (Holford, P. 2006) (RRP £15.99) and The Low-GL Diet Cookbook (Holford, P. And McDonald Joyce, F., 2014) (RRP £12.99). I’ve included more information on each at the end if you want the ISBN number and publisher information.
Sorry if this turned into a bit of a wall of text. I’m always a bit hesitant about posting the things I’ve tried for my M.E. especially when it’s anything diet related but I thought I’d do a bit of a post about a new diet that I’m trying because it’s not something I’d heard of before and see if anyone else has tried it, whether it was a success or not. Before I start I am definitely not a doctor or healthcare professional in any way and if you do decide to give this a go then do research and even check with your GP if you want, I did.
One thing that I do get, which is apparently fairly common with M.E. patients according to an M.E. specialist I saw a couple of years ago, is post prandial hypoglycaemia (which I hope I spelled right!). Basically it means that a few hours after eating my blood sugar levels dip but, instead of just feeling hungry I actually almost faint. I say almost because I’ve always eaten something sweet when it gets to that point rather than test if I actually would. It’s like the effect diabetic people get but without diabetes (yes I have been tested for it, multiple times). This Low GL diet is aimed at getting your blood sugar levels even rather than a yoyo effect of highs and lows which can make you feel worse energy wise, never a good thing when energy is at a premium like with chronic illness, which has a knock on effect with energy, fat burning and generally feeling healthier.
For a while I’ve really wanted to try some Japanese snacks, I did get a couple of Popin Cookin sets and they were lots of fun and tasted surprisingly good considering the fact they were powders with water added. When I made an order recently from the Tofu Cute site I bought one of the snack lucky bags. They do two kinds of lucky bag, the snack one and one full of fluffy things from the Amuse brand that does the Alpacasso plushes, I did a review of a larger bag of them here. They come in four sizes; chibi (£12.99), sugoi (£19.99), senpai (£29.99) and sumo (£49.99).
The Tofu Cute Lucky Bags bags say that they always contain products worth more than you’ve paid and I can say that in my case that’s true, but not by as much as I was hoping. Adding them all up the total comes to £13.64 and the bag cost £12.99 so it’s 65p off, unless my maths is wrong. I think if you get the larger bags, I got the smallest, then you would get a greater value compared to what you spend.