Amazing Pancakes Recipe – Gluten and Dairy Free.

This is my own tried and tested recipe for gluten-free and dairy-free pancakes. If you are new to being gluten-free and don’t have the ingredients at home then I have linked to the ones I use and recommend on Amazon (in blue text). If you have any feedback or try this recipe then do let me know! Tag me on social media #glutenfreegirlie or comment below.



Perfect Gluten Free Pancakes

Makes 5


150g gluten-free self-raising flour

1 tbsp sugar

3 medium eggs

100ml Almond milk


1. Put all the ingredients in a jug.

2. Whisk until smooth and pourable

3. Add more milk if necessary.

4. Use a small frying pan and coat the bottom with an oil of your choice.

5. Pour to cover the bottom of the frying pan.

6. Cook until matte at the edges and bubbling in the middle.

7. Flip!

8. Cook until underside is light brown.

9. Flip onto a serving plate and cover with a dishcloth to keep in heat.

10. Repeat 5 – 9 until the mixture is finished.

11. Serve with toppings. My favourite is maple syrup.

The Ultimate Gluten Free List – Wetherspoons For The Coeliac 2018

An exciting development in the world of British people who have Coeliac disease – Wetherspoons now have a dedicated gluten free menu!

Although in the small print they do say that they mostly try their best to avoid cross-contamination, but it can happen, I have been there many times and never had an adverse reaction.

So I have broken down all the available food in this post into a list to make life a little easier. I have also included my opinion of the dish if I have had it before (italics).

Remember. Always tell staff that you have coeliac disease don’t just assume.

 

Breakfast

Gluten-free breakfast – Two fried eggs, bacon, baked beans, mushroom, tomato.

Fresh fruit – Available with or without organic Greek-style yoghurt with honey.

MOMA Porridge – 2 flavours available – Fresh blueberries and brown sugar or honey and banana.

 

Small Plates

Soup of the day (if having soup – tell staff no bread and tell them you are coeliac)
Italian tomato & basil soup or British broccoli & Shropshire blue cheese soup.

Grilled halloumi (I can’t even – so, so tasty)
Sweet chilli sauce, rocket.

Tandoori chicken bites – Yoghurt & mint sauce, tomato, onion, coriander.

Small nachos – These are my favourite thing to order in Wetherspoons. I have noticed that the quantity and quality vary wildly.

 

Chicken

Peri-peri roast half chicken – Chicken, peri-peri sauce, coleslaw, chips, a char-grilled mini corn-on-the-cob
Make sure you ask for this dish with a jacket potato, instead of chips – the chips contain gluten.

Quinoa salad – Quinoa, rice, avocado, adzuki beans, grilled red and yellow pepper, red cabbage, chia seeds, kale, dressing. With:
Pulled chicken or
Grilled halloumi

Chicken, avocado & maple-cured bacon salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

 

Afternoon Deal! (includes a drink)

Gammon, eggs & chips (ask for a jacket potato instead of fries)

 

Main Meals

Wiltshire cured ham and eggs (ask for a jacket potato instead of chips)

Chicken tikka masala (Order with no naan and extra popadums)

Sweet potato, chickpea & spinach curry (Order with no naan and extra popadums)

Lamb shank (includes a drink) – Roasted veg, gravy, mash.

Grill

All beef steaks come with peas, tomato, mushroom and a drink.
(ask for a jacket potato instead of chips)

8oz Aberdeen Angus rump steak

8oz sirloin steak

14oz Aberdeen Angus rump steak

10oz gammon & eggs

Mixed grill – Gammon, pork loin, Aberdeen Angus rump, lamb, sausage.
(ask for no sausage as it contains gluten)

Skinny steak – Quinoa salad and dressing.

Sauce – Creamy peppercorn.

Toppers
Garlic & parsley butter
Fried egg

 

Jacket Potatoes!

I remember when this was the only gluten-free thing in most places!

Deal jacket potato with salad and one filling:
Beans
Cheese
Coleslaw
Tuna mayo

Sides

Coleslaw
Avocado
Quinoa side salad
Side salad
Grilled halloumi
Half rack of BBQ pork ribs
Peas
Two char-grilled mini corn-on-the-cob

Pudding

Fresh fruit with ice cream – Apple, banana, blueberries.

British Bramley apple crumble – With Ice cream or custard.

Knickerbocker glory – Strawberry, blackberry, raspberry & blackcurrant compote,
ice cream, cream. (Ask for no wafer as it contains gluten).

 

Children’s Menu

Small Kids

Wiltshire cured ham and fried free-range egg (ask for a jacket potato instead of chips)

Jacket potato – With tuna mayo or baked beans or Cheese

Big Kids

Grilled chicken breast

Sides

Jacket potato
Mashed potato
Mini corn-on-the-cob
Peas

Pudding

Vanilla ice cream – either 1 or 2 scoops
Toppings: Blueberries, Banana, Chocolate sauce, Toffee sauce

Claudi & Fin strawberry & yoghurt lolly

 

Curry Club – Thursdays Only

All served with pilau rice, plain naan bread, poppadums.

(Order with no naan and extra popadums)

Chicken Korma – chicken breast, cooked with yoghurt, coconut, cream, almonds and fresh coriander.

Lamb Rogan Josh – Lamb in aromatic spices, Kashmiri-style sauce, with tomato,
onion, coriander, cumin and green chillies.

Sweet potato, chickpea & spinach curry – Sweet potato in a creamy coconut
sauce, with chickpeas and spinach.

Chicken tikka masala – Chicken breast in tandoori spices, tomato sauce, cream,
red onion, butter, coriander and cardamom.

Chicken jalfrezi – Chicken, onion and peppers, tomato sauce, whole cumin seeds.

Chicken Balti – Chicken in tandoori spices, tomato sauce, spinach, red onion, char-grilled peppers, garlic, mustard seeds and coriander.

Beef Madras – Beef, in a tomato sauce, with onion, coconut, mustard seeds and chilli.

Tandoori chicken salad – Tandoori chicken pieces, tomato, onion, coriander and salad leaves, with a yoghurt & mint dressing. (Doesn’t come with rice, naan bread or poppadums).

 

Hot Drinks

Freshly brewed filter coffee
Flat white
Cappuccino
Latte
Americano
Espresso
Tea

Soft Drinks

Apple Juice
Britvic Blackcurrant Cordial
Britvic Ginger Ale
Britvic Ginger Beer
Britvic Grapefruit Juice
Britvic Lime Cordial (Sulphites)
Britvic Low-Calorie Bitter Lemon
Britvic Low-Calorie Tonic Water
Britvic Orange Cordial
Britvic Orange Juice
Britvic Pineapple Juice
Britvic Tonic Water
Cranberry Juice
Diet Pepsi
Fentimans Slimline Tonic Water
Fentimans Tonic Water
Fruit Shoot My5 Apple & Pear
Fruit Shoot My5 Orange & Pineapple
Innocent™ Super Smoothie Energise
Irn-Bru
J2O Apple & Mango
J2O Apple & Raspberry
J2O Orange & Passionfruit
Monster Energy
Monster Ripper
Monster Ultra
Old Jamaica diet ginger beer
Old Jamaica ginger beer
Orange Juice
Pepsi
Pepsi Max
R White’s Lemonade
R White’s premium raspberry lemonade
R White’s traditional cloudy lemonade
Sanpellegrino Blood Orange
Sanpellegrino Lemon
Strathmore Spring Water
Strathmore Spring Water (Sparkling)

 

Alcohol-Free

Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime Alcohol-Free (Sulphites)

Alcoholic Drinks

Ciders

Angry Orchard (Sulphites)
Aspall Suffolk Cyder (Sulphites)
Hawkes Urban Orchard Cider
Hooch
Kopparberg Mixed Fruit (Sulphites)
Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime (Sulphites)
Magners Original Bottle
Magners Original Draught
Strongbow (Sulphites)
Strongbow Dark Fruit (Sulphites)
Thatchers Gold (Sulphites)
Thistly Cross (Sulphites)

Real Ales

London Pride (Sulphites)

Bottled Beer

Miller Genuine Draft

Craft

Boss Beetlejuice
Brains Gin Lane

Other Bottles

Smirnoff Ice
WKD

Rum

Bacardi Carta Blanca
Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Gold
Captain Morgan’s White
Kraken Spiced Rum
Red Leg Spiced Rum
Ron Zacapa 23-year-old

Gin

Bombay Sapphire
Caorunn
Gordon’s
Martin Miller’s
Portobello Road No 171 Gin
Sipsmith London Dry Gin
Tanqueray
Tanqueray No. Ten

Vodka

Absolut
Absolut Vanilia
Belvedere Vodka
Skyy
Smirnoff Red
Stolichnaya

Whisky

Bell’s
Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Famous Grouse
Glenfiddich
Glenmorangie
Haig Club Clubman
Jack Daniel’s
Jameson
Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey
Jura Origin 10-year-old
Penderyn

Spirits

Antica Sambuca
Apple Sourz
Archers peach schnapps
Baileys (Milk)
Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
Cherry Sourz
Courvoisier VS
Disaronno Amaretto
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky Liqueur
Hennessy Fine de Cognac
Jägermeister
Malibu
Southern Comfort

Wine

Blossom Hill White Zinfandel Rosé (Sulphites)
Canti Prosecco
Coldwater Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (Sulphites)
Coldwater Creek Merlot (Sulphites)
Coldwater Creek Pinot Grigio (Sulphites)
Coldwater Creek Sauvignon Blanc (Sulphites)
Coldwater Creek White Zinfandel Rosé (Sulphites)
Hardys Private Bin Chardonnay (Sulphites, Egg & Milk)
Hardys Private Bin Pinot Grigio (Sulphites, Egg & Milk)
Hardys Private Bin Rosé (Sulphites, Egg & Milk)
Hardys Private Bin Shiraz (Sulphites, Egg & Milk)
Moët & Chandon Impérial (Sulphites)
Teresa Rizzi Prosecco (Sulphites)
Teresa Rizzi Sparkling Rosé (Sulphites)
Trivento Malbec (Sulphites)
Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc (Sulphites)

The Ultimate Gluten-Free Alcoholic Drinks Guide

Although I am confident in this list – always double check ingredients on all food and drinks.

Spirits

There is some controversy regarding whether all spirits are gluten-free. This is because the gluten protein is left behind during the vaporisation stage of distillation. Therefore the final product (in theory) shouldn’t contain gluten – but some people still report adverse effects.

Gluten Free Vodka

Blue Ice Vodka 
Bombora Vodka 
Boyd and Blair 
Cayman Blue Vodka
Chase
Chopin Polish Vodka
Ciroc
Cold River Vodka
Cooranbong 
Cracovia 
Crystal Head (This one comes in a bottle shaped like a skull!)
Deep Eddy 
Devotion Vodka
DiVine
Downunder
Dot AU 
Famous Vodka
Fleischmann’s Vodka
Glacier Vodka
Gordon’s Vodka
Grand Teton 
Iceberg Vodka
Kamchatka
Karlsson’s Handcrafted Swedish Vodka 
Takara Kissui Vodka
Krome Vodka
L’Chaim
Lokka
Luksusowa Vodka 
Monopolowa 
New Amsterdam
Nikolai 
Ocean Vodka
Pau Maui Hawaiian Vodka
Polar ice
Rain vodka 
Relska
Rocket Vodka
RWB
Schramm Organic 
Smirnoff Vodka
Teton Glacier Vodka
Three Olives
Tito’s Vodka 
UV 
VDKA 6100
Vikingfjord
V-One Vodka
Zodiac 
360 Vodka

Gluten Free Rum

Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum
Bacardi 
Bayou Rum
Brugal Añejo
Bundaberg Rum
Captain Morgan Rum
Contessa
Cruzan Rum
Havana Club
Madira
Malibu Rum
McDowell’s No. 1 Celebration
Montilla
Mount Gay Rum
Myers

Gluten Free Tequila

1519 Tequila
1800 Tequila
Cabo Wabo
Cazadores
Cazul
Chimayo
Don Julio Tequila
El Jimador
El Padrino
Herradura Tequila
Hornitos
Jose Cuervo
Patron Tequila
Sauza Tequila

Gluten Free Wine

Wines by design are just grapes fermented. However, some barrels sealed with wheat flour – still under 20 ppm. But can be reactive

All wines, including brandy, champagne, cognac, port wine, sherry, and vermouth are safe for coeliacs.

Gluten Free Beer

Alley Cat Scona Gold Kolsch
Against the Grain
Anheuser-Busch Redbridge
Bard’s Gold
Bard’s Tale Beer
Brasserie Dupont Forêt Libre
Brasseurs Sans Gluten
Billabong Brewing
Birra 76 Bi-Aglut by Heineken Italy
Brewdog Vagabond Pale Ale
Brunehaut Bio Ambrée
Brunehaut Blonde Bio
Brunehaut Blanche

Burning Brothers Brewing
Coors Peak
Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales: Tweason’ale
Dragon’s Gold by Bard’s Tale
Drummond Gluten Free
Element Plasma
Epic Glutenator
Estrella Damm Daura
G-Free, St. Peter’s Brewery
Ghostfish Brewing Peak Buster
Ghostfish Brewing Grapefruit IPA
Ghostfish Brewing Shrouded Summit
Ghostfish Brewing Stout
Ghostfish Brewing Vanishing Point
Glutenberg American Pale Ale
Glutenberg Blonde
Glutenberg India Pale Ale
Glutenberg Red
Glutenberg White
Green’s Golden Ale
Green’s Blond
Green’s Dark Ale
Green’s Amber Ale
Green’s Discovery
Green’s Enterprise Dry-Hopped Lager
Green’s India Pale Ale
Green’s Premium Pils
Ground Breaker Pale Ale
Ground Breaker Dark Ale
Ground Breaker IPA No. 5
Ground Breaker Johnny
Ground Breaker Luella
Ground Breaker Coffee Pale
Ground Breaker St. Denny
Ground Breaker Squash Ale
Ground Breaker Cascade Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Hambleton GFA
Hambleton GFL
Harvester Dark Ale
Harvester IPA
Harvester Pale Ale
Joseph James Fox Tail
Lakefront New Grist Ginger Style Ale
Lakefront New Grist Pilsner Style
Lammsbräu by Neumarkter
Messagère
Mikkeller Peter Pale
Mikkeller Mary Gluten Free

Mikkeller I Wish Gluten-Free IPA
Mongozo’s Exotic Flavored Pilsners
New Grist
New Planet Belgian Style Ale
New Planet Blonde Ale
New Planet Pale Ale
New Planet Raspberry Ale
New Planet Seclusion IPA
New Planet Tread Lightly Session Ale
Nickel Brook Gluten Free
Nouvelle France Messagere aux fruits
Nouvelle France Messagere
Omission Lager
Omission Pale Ale
Omission IPA
Ramapo Valley Brewery Honey Beer
Redbridge Beer
Schnitzer Brau German Millet Lemon
Schnitzer Brau German Millet
Sprecher’s Shakparo Ale
St. Peter’s Brewing Company G-Free
Steadfast Pale Ale
Whistler Forager
World Top Against the Grain
World Top Marmalade Porter
World Top Scarborough Fair IPA

Gluten Free Cider

Ace Pear Cider
Angry Orchard
Blue Mountain Cider Company
Blackthorn Cider
Bulmer’s Hard Cider
Crispin Cider (including Fox Barrel products)
Gaymer Cider Company
Harpoon Craft Cider
J.K. Scrumpy’s Organic Hard Cider
Lazy Jack’s Cider
Magner’s Cider
Newton’s Folly Hard Cider
Original Sin Hard Cider
Smith and Forge Hard Cider
Spire Mountain Draft Cider
Strongbow Cider
Stella Artois Apple
Woodchuck
Woodpecker Cider

Gluten Free Gin

Chilgrove Gin
Cold River Gin
Hendrick’s Gin
Pinkster
VII Hill’s
Williams Chase

Sake

Fermented with rice and Koji enzymes. The Koji enzymes are grown in Miso, which is usually made with barley. The two-product separation from barley, and the manufacturing process should make it safe for coeliacs.

Gluten Free Bourbon

Benjamin Prichard’s
Booker’s
Buffalo Trace
Hudson Baby
Jack Daniels
Jim Beam
Early Times
Ezra Brooks
Jefferson’s Bourbon
Knob Creek
Makers Mark
Old Crow
Old Forester
Old Grand-Dad
Wild Turkey Bourbon

Gluten Free Whisky

Nearly all whiskeys are made with gluten-containing cereal grains. The final product does not contain gluten, but cannot be advertised or labelled as gluten-free. Many people with celiac disease choose to avoid whiskey, while many others drink it with no adverse effects.

Gluten Free Brandy and Cognac

Alambic
Asbach Ural
Borderies
Brit
Brugerolle
Calvados
Charbonneau XO Cognac
Chapelle Napoleon Brandy
Christian Bros Brandy
Claude Chatelier XO Decanter
Courvoisier
D’Usse Cognac
Dreher
Dudognon
E&J
Gautier
Hennessy Cognac
Honey Bee Brandy
Kasser Laird
Korbel Champagne Cellars
Louis Royer Cognac
Mansion House Brandy
Martell Cognac
McDowell’s VSOP
Men’s Club Brandy
Old Admirable Brandy
Paul Masson
Pierre Croizet
Pierre Ferrand
Remy Martin Cognac
Symbole National Brandy

Other Gluten Free Drinks

Bailey’s Irish Cream 
Calvados 
Campari
Cointreau
Grappa

Harvey’s Bristol Cream
Jaegermeister
Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
Midori
Ouzo
Prosecco
Sambuca
Old Deadly Cider
Vermouth

The Ultimate Gluten Free Drinks Guide

Gluten, Wheat and Dairy Free Crispy Szechuan Chilli Beef

This is wheat free, gluten free, barley free, dairy free, crustacean free… but certainly not taste free. I’m addicted and you will be too.

Ingredients:

Meat:
500g beef cut into thin strips,
3 tbsp cornflour,
1 tbsp gluten-free Worcester sauce,
1 tbsp white wine,
3 tbsp rice bran oil.

Sauce:
4 tbsp gluten-free Worcester sauce,
1 tbsp sriracha sauce,
1 tsp  crushed red chillies,
2 cloves of garlic, crushed,
2 tbsp honey
1 inch squared ginger, crushed,
1 tbsp mirin,
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar.

Veggies:
3 spring onions shredded,
2 carrots shredded.

Instructions:

1. In a large bowl combine the cornflour, vinegar and Worcester sauce.

2. Mix with the back of a fork until crumbly.

3. Add the beef to the mixture and combine until the beef is thoroughly coated in a gooey coating.

4. In a wok heat the rice bran oil.

5. Add the coated beef to the wok slowly. Turn every minute until crispy.

6. Place 2 sheets of kitchen roll on a plate. Place beef on the kitchen roll – this will soak up excess oil.

7. In the wok add the veggies and combined sauce. Stir until the vegetables become soft.

8. Add the beef and stir until sauce thickens and coats the beef.

9. Serve with rice.

If you make this let me know using #glutenfreegirlie.

GFG x

Gluten Free Green Thai Curry Soup

This comforting bowl of spicy cuddles is perfect for the cold and wet winter we are in just now. Here’s my secret recipe.

Ingredients

2 white onions (diced)
3 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
1 inch squared of ginger (finely chopped)
100g of spring greens or pak choi (cut into strips)
1 red chilli (sliced into rings)
2 tbsp miso paste
2 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp rice vinegar
4 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp tamari sauce (gluten free soy sauce)
Vegetables and meat of your choice – I used chicken, peas, sweetcorn, green beans, sugar snap peas, carrot cubes and mushrooms.
Rice or rice noodles to serve if desired.

Method

1. Heat wok with a small amount of water (100mls approx). No l is used in this recipe as it gives the final dish a less appealing appearance.

2. Once the wok is heated and the water is beginning to bubble add everything except the meat and vegetables.

3. Allow sauce to reduce and combine

4. Add meat. Ensure every surface is sealed.

5. Add vegetables.

6. Add ½ pint of water per person.

7. Allow this to boil until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

8. At this point, it is your choice of accompaniment. Add rice noodles directly to the broth, ladle over rice in a bowl or simply have on its own.

9. Enjoy.

If you make this it any of my recipes tag me with #glutenfreegirlie or @noglutengirlie if love to see your take on my inventions.

Love,

GFG x

GFG x

Possibly TMI…

Hello everyone,

I haven’t shared what I am about to tell you all with anyone outside of my family till now, but I am so excited about this new treatment that I want to shout it from the rooftops. So I will start at the beginning.

As you know, I have severe food intolerances but what I haven’t shared is that my intestines and colon don’t work as they should since I got my appendix removed two years ago. It’s called “chronic slow transit”. From when I eat food till I see it again in the bathroom can take anything up to 28 days according to a test I had last year where I took x-ray detectable tablets and then got regular x-rays to trace their progress.

I also have epic chronic constipation (here comes the TMI part). I have gone for 32 days without any bowel movement at all. During this, I tried every treatment possible, including the powders that are typically exclusive to pre-colonoscopy preparation. To have a bowel movement at all, I take laxatives morning and night (docusate sodium or bisacodyl). I have also tried various weird and wonderful herbal remedies, and I will try mostly anything once…

…Nothing worked, until an emergency appointment with a local doctor when I was on holiday in Kent (32 days of no movement and on holiday, it wasn’t fun) I was prescribed suppositories. After a few days of using them morning and night, I finally went. When I returned home from my holiday, I visited my GP and cried. I was sick (and still am) of being bloated, uncomfortable, looking heavily pregnant and being generally miserable. He re-referred me to the gastroenterology nurse that I had seen post appendectomy to ask if she had any ideas. She did.

When I visited her, we chatted about how I was managing my stomach, and she told me there is only one treatment method left before I need to be referred to the surgical team – to discuss the possibility of a stoma. A stoma – the words I had been dreading but prepared for – my anxiety always thinks the worst case scenario and here I was – living it.

So the last thing we could try before being referred to a surgeon was a little device called the Qufora Mini System. It’s a self-irrigation system. Yes – self-irrigating – me, who has self-cleanliness OCD. However, I am willing to try anything with the prospect of some semblance of normality with my toilet visiting time.

I’m not going to go into details because that really would be TMI. However, I have now been using the Qufora Mini System for a week now (4 times in total), and I have to say – it is like I have someone else’s colon! It is fast (by comparison to the suppositories which can take up to 4 hours to work, if at all), reliable (I haven’t been successful in its use yet, and I am much more comfortable in myself. It is a little sore inside my abdomen, but that will be my colon returning to an average size. I am impressed and so, so happy with this system. Even although it is likely to be a lifelong situation, I am so pleased that I have found something that is so almost normal regarding the time it takes and success rate.

If you have questions for me, please feel free to ask. I will answer them as soon as possible.

GFG x

World Mental Health Day 2015

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 for 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 illnesses if I could?  So I thought I would share my answer with you here today. My answer is about 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 work well under pressure as I am more or less constantly under pressure in my mind, so external force doesn’t phase me too much usually.

2. People find me very open and non-judgemental as I know all too well how bad 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 excellent at seeing all possible outcomes of any risk quickly as my brain is wired to look at all problems far ahead of time.

6. When I’m not full-blown OCD, I’m just really neat and organised.

7. I am humbled that my openness about my mental health has led other people to come to me in their darkest hour and ask to talk. Talking is what everyone with a mental illness needs it save lives.

8. I think that when timed correctly aspects of mental illness are a 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. Are you making the 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 four you count one is likely to be just like me. We hide it well, so well we often joke with 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

The Orange Headband

Two 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 incredible, and I earned my headband! Yey! I hobbled clambered and carefully climbed my way around 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 fantastic and helped a little with movement when it got a bit tough and extra water. I cannot thank them enough – they were terrific!

James was fantastic 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.

inthistogetherJames looking ever so dainty in the mud

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Me looking happy yet terrified at the first obstacle.

Ohitscold!

The Arctic Enema is a tad cold!

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Our teammate Tony – hopping mud mile

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My adopted teammate and fellow hobbler Louise

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My superhero 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.

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 – 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, 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 probably for a good while after. I 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 antihistamines 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 significant 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 receive 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 successful.

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If you have made it this far, that is impressive! Thank you for reading! I am 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 of 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 an excellent 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!

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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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