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Tips for managing symptoms of painsomnia

Painsomnia is an inability to sleep (insomnia) due to chronic pain. And when cyclical, can exacerbate symptoms of chronic illness. When dealing with an entire night of pain, I feel exhausted and my heart tends to work harder the next day, triggering more of my dysautonomia symptoms.

Most nights I…

Nightshade-free Beetroot Marinara

I don’t think I’ve eaten a tomato-based pasta sauce for over a year. I find them highly acidic and I’m often left with acid reflux hours after enjoying a bowl. For me, the aftermath just isn’t worth it.

Don’t get me wrong, you’ll see a few recipes here that do…

Chickpea Flour Pizza Crust

Unfortunately, it’s not just the crust that can cause complications. It can also be what’s used as a base and the combination of toppings. You can’t always ensure your order won’t be cross-contaminated with allergens. And when you go through all the obstacles of customising your pizza, you can’t…

Raspberry Chia Jam Oat Slices

So when it comes to deciding on a fruit jam to pair with an oat slice – I immediately reach for raspberry. If you’re not a lover of raspberries like me, you can switch the ingredients to make an alternative, such as a strawberry or blueberry jam center. If…

A gift guide for those with chronic illness

And if you’re suffering from chronic illness, receiving gifts you’re unable to use can be just as daunting. You’re left feeling terrible. Too terrible to admit to the buyer that you can’t make use of the gift due to allergies or over-stimulation. I can’t count how many skincare products…

30 Things to do Before You Turn 30

Why did I create this list? Basically it was to expose myself to life changing experiences – for myself and to share with my husband. With chronic illness it’s so easy to focus on the pain or the fact that every day is never the same – there’s always…

Chia Jam Drop Cookies

The ratio of recipe wins to losses all contributes to the fun behind recipe testing. Of course, there are more losses than there are wins for me. But when there’s a winner, it almost feels like the whole dynamic shifts and you’ve fallen upon a secret formula.

 

Third time was…

Cacao Brownie-Cookies

 

You all know the struggle. The last two weeks have been spent submitting a bunch of assignments and sitting exams. It sounded like I was on track but really I wasn’t. There’s one assignment I’m avoiding – a 1,750 word psychology lab report. I had 2 months to complete…

Coconut Banana Bread

 

I’ve loved banana bread for as long as I can remember. The only problem was – I had no clue how to cook it! I’d always have my sister go down to the local fruit store and purchase a loaf that was incredibly overpriced. We’d share it and then I’d be…

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY NOODLE SOUP

 

To be honest, at times I find it difficult to say no when I’m offered food containing gluten/soy. I’m very shy about having to explain to someone, no sorry I can’t eat that, I have an autoimmune disease. In my mind, I don’t think they’ll understand the whole concept…

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

I spent the last week recipe testing and to sum up the experience in one word, I’d say it was “difficult”. That’s probably too nice a word to explain it all, but lets just stick with “difficult” haha. Everything I tried making seemed to fail me – burning food,…

Roasted Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup

Soups are my go to when it comes to Winter but as for Summer, not many people would think to enjoy a nice bowl of steaming liquid in severe heat. Unfortunately my autoimmune disease doesn’t discriminate according to seasons and instead I tend to eat foods my gut can…