World Mental Health Day 2015

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Hello everyone,

It seems fitting that I should come back to my little corner of the web today on World Mental Health Day as the main reason for my absence is just that; my mental health hasn’t been that great. As some of you know from my Time to Talk post on the 5th of February I have Generalised Anxiety Disorder with Obsessive and Depressive episodes.

Right now, I am in the midst of a bit of a heady mix of them all although the good news is after waiting quite a while (my phone assessment was on the 8th of June!) I have finally been placed with a psychologist and we had our first session. She seems knowledgeable and I think we will work well together. So here’s hoping this is the start of recovery for me… or at least a little closer to living “normally”.

Recently I was asked where there any good points to my mental illnesses and if offered, would I get rid of my mental illness if I could?  So I thought I would share my answer with you here today. My answer is in reference to when my mental illness is under control and not as volatile as it is at the moment (aka “a good day”)

So the good bits:

1. I can actually work really well under pressure as I am more or less constantly under pressure in my mnd so external pressure doesn’t really phase me too much usually.

2. People find me very open and non judgemental as I know all too well how hurtful judgement can be.

3. My experience has given me the drive to help others in the situations I have been in and to battle against all mental health stigma.

4. I am very emotionally in tune with others.

5. I am an excellent at seeing all possible outcomes of any risk quickly as my brain is wired to see all problems far ahead of time.

6. When I’m not full blown OCD and I’ll I’m actually just really neat and organised.

7. I am humbled that my openess about my mental health has led other people to come to me in their darkest hour and ask to talk. This is what everyone with a mental illness needs. To talk. It really does save lives.

8. I think that when timed correctly aspects of mental illness are strength. Caring for an ill relative through the night? – insomnia. Need to work out all possible outcomes for your hypothesis for a lab report? – What if anxiety. Making your final draft of your PhD poster to present at a conference? – perfectionism.

Sometimes our greatest weaknesses are also our strength.

Mental illness affects 1 in 4 people. Next time you are out and about look around you. For every 4 you count one is likely to be just like me. We hide it well. So well we often joke to each other about it. But inside our heads behind our smiles we need someone to say it’s OK I’m here you can talk to me.

So talk to someone today. Have a cuppa and a chat. It’s good to chat.

Love, GFG x

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The Orange Headband

2 weeks ago I took part in Tough Mudder Scotland in support of Scottish Spina Bifida Association. I managed to raise £115 for them which is awesome and I earned my headband! Yey! I hobbled clambered and carefully climbed my way round the course, completed all the obstacles except 2 (although it did take a lot of assistance and encouragement from the staff and my team <3) The staff were wonderful and helped a little with movement when it got a bit tough and extra water. I cannot thank them enough – they were amazing!

James was an amazing support as always I wouldn’t have signed up or crossed the finish line.

Without further ado, here are a few photos of us getting muddy.

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Me looking happy yet terrified at the first obstacle.

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The Arctic Enema is a tad cold!

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Our team mate Tony – hopping mud mile

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My adopted team mate and fellow hobbler Louise

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My super hero James doing the Funky Monkey

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Yes that is my bare hands touching mud 🙂

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Team Eeboo – together there is no can’t.

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Together we can accomplish anything.

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We just might need a lie down after.

It took me a while to recover – I still am in bits of me. But that orange headband is mine and boy did I earn it.

Is Mud Gluten and Wheat Free?

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Tough Mudder Scotland is tomorrow.

Arrrrgggggghhhhhh!

If you don’t know what tough mudder is… here is a link to a video

Yeah.

That.

Hahaha.

I’m doing THAT.

TOMORROW.

Have I trained?

Physically – kind of as much as is humanly possible in the house when my back and shoulders are the way they are and I have a current allergy to… something unknown. I know my physical limitations – they are many and despite being a sports person I get sore just standing more of the time. Tomorrow is going to hurt. I know it is. Not only tomorrow for probably for a good while after. I just need to pray for no migraines from too much sugar/ excitement and not eat in the morning in the lead up. I have a plan I made for the physical side I made with my GP involving super anti histamines and gel glucose sachet things to carry in my little pocket in my running trousers, lots of recovery time and most importantly TAKING IT AS SLOWLY AS I NEED TO.

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Mentally on the other hand – I have trained like an Olympic athlete. I am ready for this beast. I have been challenging my cleanliness side of my OCD by gardening WITH NO GLOVES. Fair enough it’s only a little bit of mud and I cleaned thoroughly after but still. It is a major leap. One of my anxieties is perfection and being the best – so the bar I am setting myself is “dead last beats did not start” as only 78% of entrants earn that orange headband at the end. Yup 78%. So even if I have to mantra and walk/ hobble all the way if I earn an orange headband – I will have achieved my goal.

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Plus I will have my James there as he always is by my side every step of the way as I am his, supporting each other to get to where we want to be successfully.

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If you have made it this far awesome! Thank you for reading! I am actually now going to ask you for a little favour. I am putting myself through this not only for some hopeful self growth but also in support the Scottish Spina Bifida Association. They are a fabulous charity in Scotland who support all those affected by Spina Bifida throughout their lives with not only medical advice and assistance but also companionship, a sense of belonging and support.

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I have Spina Bifida Occulta and the Scottish Spina Bifida Association have been a wonderful source of information, support and assistance when I have needed it most. Please take a second and donate whatever you can below. Even £1 will make a massive difference.

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Support Gluten Free Girlie doing Tough Mudder in aid of SSBA on Just Giving

Thanks ever so much!

GFG x

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ALERT: Gluten Free Products Recalled from Asda, Waitrose and Sainsburys

Certain products have been recalled from Asda, Waitrose and Sainsburys.

Asda products include:

Gluten Free White Pitta Breads
Gluten Free Garlic and Corriander Naan Bread
Free From Gluten Free Pizza Bases

Sainsburys products include:

Free From Pizza Base
Free From Multiseeded Pitta Breads
Free From Sultan Scones
Free From White Pitta Breads
Free From Syrup Pancakes
Free From Garlic and Corriander Naan

Waitrose products include:

Genius Gluten Free Crumpets
Waitrose Gluten Free Pancakes
Waitrose Gluten Free Pitta
Waitrose Gluten Free Scones

Tesco products include:

Free From 4 Crumpets
Free From 2 Pizza Bases
Free From Pitta Bread
Free From Garlic and Corriander Naan

Here is a link to the FDA page for more information

Gluten Free Supermarket Product Recall

Hopefully none of my readers will be affected.

Here is a picture of a fabulous dog wearing a dandelion crown to soften the bad news ♡

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GFG x

Gluten Free Monthly Box Service Review – Snackly

For a few months I have had monthly Snackly boxes delivered. It’s a selection box of about 6 gluten free treats from various suppliers to try. I have been very impressed so far with the quality and value for money of them. Here are some photos of the boxes I have recieved:

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As you can see the selection is awesome, they come once a month and they are small snacks and treats. Something I have found lacking in an easy available form since becoming gluten free.

Also the kind folks at snackly have given me a money off code for all my followers! If you use the code GLUTENFREEGIRLIE it will entitle you to 50p off your first box!

Visit snackly.co.uk to order.

Just a quick disclaimer – I haven’t been endorsed in an any way by Snackly. I genuinely think that this is a fab product for newbie and veteran gluten free people alike.

GFG x

Gluten Free Food Review – Kallo Rice Cakes

Oft! I have literally not found a Kallo rice cake that has not been awesome to eat. I will update this list each time I try a new one but so far here is my feedback on the tasty ones I have tried so far.

Chocolate Thins with Caramel Pieces – So, so good with a cup of coffee. Kurbs the chocolate biscuit craving and tastes awesome.

Lightly Salted Plain Rice Cake – Really nice on their own; but I have popped various toppings on them too. My favourite being hummus and a little chilli oil.

Quinoa and Seeds – I had these with some cream cheese and a sprinkling of spring onion. They were lovely.

Caramel – Another one for with that mid afternoon cuppa to keep the energy levels up.