Blog, Books, Chronic illness, Coronavirus, Crafts, Fibromyalgia, Flowers, Gardens, Invisible illness, Writing

Is it possible to stay positive and motivated?

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It’s difficult enough at the moment with Covid19, but when you have a long term condition like fibromyalgia it’s added stress. Especially if you suffer from constant pain on a daily basis.

My most FAQ as a fibromyalgia sufferer is….

‘Why am I in pain again and what will make me feel better?’

In truth there’s no quick fix. It’s going to vary quite a bit from person to person, what can help. How much pain I’m in has a huge impact on this.

“Personally I have found any form of distraction helps.” 

When my pain is very bad watching a film or tv program helps. Even though it is only for an hour or so; if I can be pain free just for an hour it’s really helpful. 

Listening to your favourite music, talking to friends or family via the phone, looking at photos and reading a gripping novel are all ways to distract the mind.

“Another way I motivate myself, particularly at the moment is to set myself small achievable challenges or goals.”

I recently set myself the challenge of growing my own plants from seed this year. I was lucky to be able to buy some seeds and compost, and get them delivered. After sorting out some old plant pots; I filled them with compost and sowed the seed. When my seeds germinated, I was able to watch them grow into mini plants. In a few weeks time, my carer will plant them in the garden.

It’s a great feeling to watch something you have sown yourself growing into a beautiful plant”

My carer set himself the challenge of cooking an authentic Italian meal with ingredients from a restaurant that had closed in the lockdown.  The result is a delicious meal.

“It could be time to try out a new hobby or something you have always wanted to but have never taken the time.”

I enjoy being creative, spending an hour working on making a simple greetings card or learning to paint using a new technique. Being absorbed by a hobby for me really lifts my spirits. Working on a project and seeing it through to completion is really exciting for me.

Even writing my blog is a great way to help put things into perspective sometimes. I’ve written a few emails and letters to friends recently and found it gets me thinking, and distracting the thought process.

Do you have any ideas on how to feel better you could share?

Blog, Books, Library, Poetry, Reading, Writing

Keep Calm and Read Books…📚

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It’s #World Book Day today, and for everyone who love’s books, and libraries; this is for you…

Visit to the library

Hi there,

Which genre today?

Is it a western?

Crime or thriller,

Romance perhaps,

Sci-fi or fantasy,


Maybe family saga,

I almost forgot, horror,

What about a biography?

Perhaps non-fiction?

A travel book?

Or Poetry…

 

I remember now,

No, I’m looking for,

A blue book📚

With golden letters,

I borrowed it,

Last time….

Poem by Nick

Blog, Books, Library, Poetry, Reading, Writing

For a love of books 📚

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My Valentine’s Day love is based on a lifetime of being amongst books.

Visit to the library

Hi there,

Which genre today?

Is it a western?

Crime or thriller,

Romance perhaps,

Sci-fi or fantasy,


Maybe family saga,

I almost forgot, horror,

What about a biography?

Perhaps non-fiction?

A travel book?

Or Poetry…

 

I remember now,

No, I’m looking for,

A green book📚

With golden letters,

I borrowed it,

Last time….

Poem by Nick

What’s your ending to my mystery book poem today?

And, What’s mine?

Well,

Apart from poetry,

It has to be local history.

Anything historical is amazing.

But that’s another story

For another post soon…

Blog, Books, Cheese, Cholesterol, Diet, Heart, Uncategorised

Trying to loose #weight?

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If you choose cheese, are you aware how high in cholesterol it is?

I am a cheese lover;

I particularly like goats cheese for its strong unusual flavour.  In the past, I would regularly tuck into cheese sandwiches every day; selecting different cheeses to eat every week. 

I’m not in a minority enjoying cheese with around a third of us eating cheese regularly in a meal. 

The top five most popular cheeses in Britain at the moment are:

English Cheddar

Red Leicester 

Brie 

Mozzarella 

Parmesan

This trend seems to be growing with the increase in popularity of vegetarian foods recently. More people are becoming aware of the health benefits of cutting down on red meat and are also aware of the environmental impact of production processes. An appealing alternative to this appears to be cheese.

The most surprising fact is that one in ten people habitually eat a chunk of cheese as a main meal.

I’ve been trying to cut back on saturated fat intake along with my carer. Until recently I’d eaten cheese and thought it was not particularly any more fattening than any other type of food; except fruit and veggies which you can eat in abundance.

I discovered reading food labels in detail, that it is very high in saturated fats. Much higher than most red meats in fact and therefore not much help if your trying to cut back on saturated fat.

Cheese can contribute to increased levels of saturated fat in the diet fast if it’s eaten regularly. An alarming fact if you have switched to cheese recently and thought it was a healthy option to meat products.

Why is saturated fat something to be aware of in a diet?

Saturated fat in a nutshell……

Eating too much saturated fat in your diet leads to your body producing excess cholesterol which causes blood arteries to become blocked or restricted. This in turn increases the risk of cardiovascular disease which includes heart attacks, angina and strokes.

The easiest way to reduce this risk is by lessening the intake of saturated fats. There are some quick and easy ways to start making a difference. Avoid or reduce full fat dairy products such as cream or cheese (skimmed or 1% fat milk is much better than full fat milk). Also cut back on pasties, pastries, pies, cakes, chocolate, coconut milk, coconut oil and palm oil. When eating meat choose low fat meats such as chicken, turkey, venison, veal or rabbit.

In addition you can have foods that reduce cholesterol in the blood.

Soluble fibre (e.g. fruit, vegetables, oats and nuts) absorbs and carries the cholesterol out of the body.

Plant stanols or sterols inhibit cholesterol absorption in the gut. These are available in fortified foods such as Benecol.

For more information about diet and healthy eating have a look at the following website:

NHS Live well, eat well

Further details about heart disease and stroke:

British Heart Foundation information and support

Stroke Association

Look after your health and your heart….