Tag Archives: Hashimoto’s

Not Another Blog About Becoming ORGANISED?!

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I’m not sure how many hours I’ve spent pottering about on the interweb looking for inspiration on how to become better organised – until now. Usually I end up on some beautiful stationery website with an online order worth too many digits which promises to magically whip my days into shape.

Beck.
Put. Away. The. Credit. Card.

Last Sunday on my way to my favourite local late night cafe, seeking some sorely needed solace and solitude, I realised I left the house in my slippers. After shutting down my inner ‘ohmyGOD you can’t go out like THAT!!’ voice (who the hell does she think she is, anyway??) I sat, drinking my overpriced but very necessary camomile tea, staring at my fluffy purple cozies that resemble Grimace a bit too much and thought that I needed to get my sh*t together.

In my exhausted mama headspace, I thought of this amazing blog I follow: Seven Cherubs, and remembered Naomi’s little tip on how she manages her routine in her house, and thought I’d give it a whirl. Lucky for me, I carry around all sorts of superfluous baby related miscellania to entertain, distract and cajole my wee one when out, and a notepad for drawing numbered among the detritus in my poor overstuffed handbag.

Thus, my new system was born. One task per piece of paper. Turn it over when you’ve done it. Do a little dance. (Earworm, anyone? Hee hee)

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I’ve been using this little assortment of wonders for a week now and I have to say it kicks the butt of my iPad notes, scribbled lists, so-called reminder apps and the muddled grey matter in my head. I think it’s the only way I can keep on top of my own health, and do my best to reduce my little girl’s terrible asthma. I also have days when I’m feeling a bit depressed or anxious or thyroidy, and these keep me from feeling a bit overwhelmed and not knowing where on earth to begin (hence some of the apparently blindingly obvious ones!).

Before you all freak out and call me insane for the amount of things I aim to do every day (which I know you won’t, because you’re all awesome and polite and wouldn’t dream of dissing a stranger on their own blog), my rationale is this.

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If I manage to complete all my tasks in the one day, then I go to bed feeling incredibly satisfied, and bloody knackered, and will hopefully have sweet, sweet dreams of race car drivers and movie stars. I mean my husband. (Love ya honey!)

If I miss a few, I don’t worry about it, because I’ll remember to do it the next day. And if there are some things I only do four or five times a week, well, I think that’s pretty damn good. And it’s probably four or five times more per week that I was doing before I got organised, going to bed lying awake completely ridden with guilt that I was destroying my baby’s health and generally sucking at being a mama.

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I’d really like to make this simple system a whole lot sexier. Print it on scrap booking paper, stick it to a magnet sheet thingy that other creative bloggy types know about, buy a cute little magnet board and something teeny to hold each part of the day’s reminders. But really, this way I can finesse and refine and play with it. And it works, it cost me no extra money, and I don’t have the time for that anyway, right? I’ve got rooms to dust! Hahaha 🙂 No, you’re right, you know me too well; probably one day I will. Making pretty things is part of this whole ambition thing, right?

Thanks for the inspiration, Naomi!

What do you think of this little system? Do you have one? Tell me about it! I need all the help I can get!

Thanks for reading,
Beck xxx

Activated Nuts and Seeds

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Ooo, this is one of my ambitions that I wanted to become a habit, and it seems to have stuck. If you have never tried activated nuts and seeds, hang on to your hats people, they are so yummy, so good for you and so damn easy you wont even believe it.

This little pot of goodness is more than enough for a delish snack, especially when those mid arvo cravings hit! But before I get into the hows, how about some whys?

As many of you already know, nuts and seeds are an excellent source of fats, a little protein kick for between meals, as well as some great nutrients too. However, in order for our bodies to access all this awesomeness, a good deal of effort is required to overcome certain enzyme inhibitors which can cause digestive upset. Activating them cuts out a lot of that effort; leaving your energy better spent elsewhere,  chilling out some of the negative aspects of eating nuts raw, and making many more good vitamins and nutrients available for us to absorb.

As far as Hashimoto’s goes, I find that nuts and seeds are fabulous. I try to pour a little ramikin for myself when I get up in the morning, so that as the day goes on and I need a little meal to kick along my energy and metabolism they are right in arms reach, derailing me from sugary foods. I try not to eat them every day tho. And they are awesome with yoghurt, and I LOVE the pepitas in salads – they add an awesome crunch and a teensy salty element, which is novel to me as I don’t use much salt anywhere in my cooking.

Still with me?

Even if you’re not, They. Are. So. Yummy. that you should give it a crack anyway. 🙂

So. Step One.

Gather up some nuts and seeds – just make sure they’re not oily, so no peanuts, macadamia nuts, etc. My favourites are walnuts, pecans and almonds. My favourite seeds are pepitas, or pumpkin seeds. Sunflower seeds lost a bit of their love for me and became a bit too thin, but have a go and see what you reckon.

Step Two.

Soak your nuts and seeds overnight in a pot with a lid in enough water to cover and a little bit more, with one tablespoon of sea salt. I make a huge batch, so here they are soaking in my soup/jam pot. You might like to try just a bit on your first go, to see if you like them.

Also. Stop singing NKOTB.

You may be realising about now that my photography skillz are preeeettttyyy basic :s and yes, you guessed it, an ambition of mine to improve them!

Step Three.

Drain off all the water. I don’t get too fancy, just hold the lid to the side of the pot and drain that way, and leave the colander alone. You will notice the water is a little brown, and the nuts a little lighter and possibly swollen. This is cool. Spread out in a big baking tray, without oil or baking paper, just au naturale.

Step Four.

Cook for 12-24 hours in an oven set on the lowest possible setting. Just make sure its on, and doesn’t just have the fan switched on, like I did for an hour the first time I did this! Oopsy! About 70^C or so should be plenty. Every few hours, grab some tongs and move the nuts and seeds around, and try not to eat them all before they’re done! The longer you slow roast them, the better. I try to do this overnight when electricity demand and rates are lower, especially if its already warm.

Step Five.

Freeze. Seriously, freeze these babies. They taste amazingly crisp coming out of the freezer, and keep longer. Double win! And enjoy. Sooo yummy. In fact, I’m going to grab some now.

What do you think? Have you tried them? Do you have another way of making them? Let me know!

Thank you to Sarah Wilson for the inspiration!

Quit Coffee

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Dear Coffee,

Mug of liquid silk. O velvety cup of goodness. It’s time we said goodbye. 😥

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While I have adored indulging in you for more than half my life, meandering through all your forms: long macciato, long black, flat white, latte… the impact you have on me lasts longer than your warmth on a wintry Melbourne morning, and your help to get through a looong work day does me no favours in the long run.

To finally say adieu, I write this post to underscore my need to part from you. Otherwise, the chances of me slipping up are simply far too strong! [I dare not say Ciao.. whatever will I drink when I go back to Italy?! Ah, the mercies of small bank balances!]

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Why, you may ask? Protest, even? Well. I have Hashimoto’s Disease. When I have coffee, you stimulate my already burned out adrenal glands. You help kick my insulin spikes along a little further on its roller coaster trajectory. Coffee, you may give me a little moments happiness, but hours if not days later, I pay the price many times over in lethargy (oh! the cruel and tempting irony!), aches and pains, forgetfulness, brain fog, insomnia, headaches.

My added inspiration dear Coffee is my baby girl, for whose benefit I have visited upon you less often, and only at a half shot, has helped me more than I was aware. Going cold turkey on you is never fun! My half measures and weak lattes have held an ulterior purpose all along.

You see, I have to list it. Here, in full view. But primarily, Coffee, so that I can see these words I type and remember why it is that our heady days must come to an end.

And while it may smart a little, o Coffee, there is another I may turn to, so that my cherished social outings and gatherings may yet continue.

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Chai. Camomile. Peppermint. The ritual of tea, sometimes the warmth of the brew teasing honey from a spoon, maybe watching milk form clouds in a delicate cup, soothes not just a need for a hot drink. I have many, many more friends to spend time with, who will not treat me so ill. Pun intended! These friends can do me more good than you know – camomile to soothe the nerves, the spices of chai to warm and stimulate circulation and balance blood sugars, peppermint to aid digestion.

And so, it is done. Coffee, fare ye well. It’s been grand, for the most part, and I grant you that 15 years of love was worthwhile. But the last several years of clinging to sensations past in the midst of pain does neither of us any good. Here’s to herbal remedies, healthful drinks and happier days. 🙂

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Thank you Laney at Crash Test Mummy for the inspiration 🙂