October, 2014

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‘My boyfriend’s the DJ’ and an update on my health

This week was the start of Bens birthday celebrations…a night out in Shoreditch with friends tied in well with a DJ booking he had.

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I have to say that seeing Ben DJ made me feel like a teenager again. He was so amazing I just wanted to tell everyone ‘My boyfriend’s the DJ’

My Health

As you know I was recently diagnosed with Adrenal Dysfuction with a pregnenolone steal which affects my general health in many ways. I have started making natural lifestyle changes that have already helped me with my energy levels and digestive system.

First things first and lets get priorities straight here… resting, sleep and Vitamin D is essential when you have Adrenal Dysfunction so of course I booked myself a winter holiday immediately.

I used a company called http://www.lowcostholidays.com I found this website so easy to use and you can build your package as you go along. Its really great if you are on a budget too which I was.

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Ben and I sat for hours looking through hotels and researching what would be great for Poppy too and we found a hotel that looks INCREDIBLE. I am told the weather is pretty good in Eygpt all year around so this was our chosen destination.

The hotel we picked is called The Aqua Blu Sharm – it’s 4* and all inclusive. The reviews are fantastic and it even won an award with Tripadvisor this year. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g297555-d754480-Reviews-Aqua_Blu_Sharm-Sharm_El_Sheikh_South_Sinai_Red_Sea_and_Sinai.html I love using tripadvosor…. I actually wouldn’t book a trip without using it first.

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The main lifestyle change for me has been my diet; I am ashamed to say that convenience food was my middle name. I am a busy girl so eating on the go was pretty normal for me. Sandwiches, pasta, chocolate, coffee, cakes, crisps, toast. Whatever I could lay my hands on to take the edge off my hunger. This is terrible…did I have a death wish???

My functioning nutritionist Helen Williams at the Surrey Nutrition Clinic made it very clear that continuing to eat in this way would lead to me becoming quite ill and it doesn’t take a genius to work out why. No water, fruit or veg in my diet…What was I thinking?

For the past two months I have been on the Paleo Diet which is essentially eating like a caveman. Meat, fruit, veg nuts and seeds.

The most noticeable change for me since being on this diet is that I actually go to the toilet now (it took a few weeks of being on the diet). This is an embarrassing subject to talk about but constipation is something many of us suffer from, I have suffered for years and could go weeks without going to the toilet. Constipation isn’t just a case of not going to the toilet and having a tummy ache but its keeping toxins in your body that need to be disposed of. The toxins build up in your body, putting stress on it which will eventually probably lead to other illnesses and at the least it will have an impact on your energy levels. The Paleo diet has been amazing for my digestive system and I have alot more energy than I did before.

If you suffer from constipation too then my suggestion would be to look at your diet. It’s easy to pop a laxative before bed but it isn’t really treating the root of the problem.

You can read about the Paleo diet here….. the food in this diet is wonderful! I really like this website and refer to it most days for dinner ideas.

http://nomnompaleo.com/paleo101

One of my favorite Paleo Breakfasts is sweet potato hash with a fried egg and its sooooo easy. http://nomnompaleo.com/post/19886925277/sweet-potato-hash-with-fried-eggs

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Lastly I want to say thank you to my beautiful boyfriend for being so supportive with the changes I have had to make in my life to get better. I am only talking about the interesting bits in my blogs but there have been times that I have been so poorly since being with Ben and he has looked after me. He puts my supplements out so I don’t forget them, cooks for me every weekend, massages me if I feel achy and slows me down when he thinks I’m doing too much. And did I tell you ‘My boyfriends the DJ’? 

More of my favourite Paleo recipes in upcoming blogs and also I will be taking you through my journey of making my new house a home with lots of ideas and before and after pictures.

Ooooh and Ben and I have news…

Love
Nicola
xxx

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