Autumn 🍂 why this is my favourite season

Today I had my first Spiced Pumpkin Latte (now available as vegan) of the ‘season’ and whilst I was drinking it, it got me thinking about Autumn. I have never really spent much time over the years reflecting on the seasons or settling on a favourite. I have previously found that I just drift between…

Your Illness, Your Journey, Your Life

Being diagnosed with an illness is hard, it is the unknown. You go from being healthy to labelled overnight. Okay, so it isn’t exactly overnight. You often live with symptoms for a long time before formal diagnosis, years for some people. Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune illnesses are often misdiagnosed or dismissed in the early…

Learning acceptance through yoga

One of the hardest things I have found when it comes to living with Rheumatoid Arthritis is the disconnection between your mind and body. It has at times felt like my mind and body were pulling in different directions. Some days my mind is raring to go, ready to take on the world but my…

The Retreat Series: Day 3

So, it is becoming a bit of a theme, I don’t update my posts on the actual day. Here is day 3’s update. Throughout yesterday I felt pretty disengaged with the whole juicing process. I spent a lot of time on my own and didn’t really feel like speaking to people for the majority of…

The Retreat Series: Day 2

So, I didn’t write a post yesterday so I am providing an update now. Thankfully the headache from day 1 subsided and I woke up feeling pretty good! I found it easier to relax during my morning yoga and felt a lot more at peace. I had a back massage, a raw food demonstration and…

The Retreat Series: Day 1

Firstly it is a good job that I announced that I would be blogging daily about this detox, if I hadn’t I wouldn’t be blogging today. The headache is sooooo bad! Having done a shorter more gentle detox last year I knew about the headaches and possible side effects to detoxing but I had ‘conveniently’…

The Retreat Series: Arrival Day

You may already know from reading my post Food and flares that since my RA diagnosis I have taken more of an interest in nutrition and how foods can help or hinder us. This year I have taken the decision to go on a week long retreat to improve my understanding of nutrition and to…

Ability within DisABILITY Mingle

This event is an informal networking event for those living with autoimmune illness in the West Midlands. I am starting a network for those living with autoimmune illness in the West Midlands. The network is aimed at those of working age living everyday life with autoimmune illness, from Rheumatoid Arthritis to Diabetes and everything in…

Food and Flares

Nutrition and diet can be a minefield and having said that this post is purely based on my experiences with diet and food groups. You only have to turn on the TV to know this. One minute we should be drinking a glass of red wine a day, the next we are drinking too much?…

Spoon theory

A year or so ago I watched a TED talk on disability and something the speaker said really resonated with me. I cannot walk in your shoes, and you cannot walk in mine. It didn’t interpret this statement as a bitter, ‘you don’t understand’ kind of statement. I took this as completely true, true for…