Saturday 26 November 2016

Why don't starbucks do gluten free?

What is good and what is bad about Starbucks?

Firstly, this is good and bad for me.  Of course.  My opinion.  Not anyone else will find the same things and of course it will also depend on where you visit.  You see as I sit and write here, this shop is pretty empty and quiet and I love that there are loads of other people on their laptops too!  Many students I expect as we have my campus which shares the campus with 2 other universities too. 

I also love the coffee. Except for the one time they ran out of soya and I had to have it with coconut milk which is most unpleasant. 

Just one thing….where are the gluten free muffins?  In fact, where are the gluten free anything?  Jeez even the smoked almonds contain gluten on the dusting on the outside.   Why no gluten free products?  There are dried fruit and nut bags which frankly don’t hit the spot!

When will you be catering for celiacs like me Starbucks?  You do everything else so well!

Why I HAD to write this blog post

Yesterday,  something, 'that thing' in my head was nagging at me.  

Write that blog post.

Write that blog post.

Which blog post? I asked my mind silently. Which? What is it  I am supposed to be saying?

I'm still unsure yet I have opened up my laptop in Starbucks (more on that in the next post)  and let my fingers do the talking.

You see, yesterday, I stumbled upon a blog post from a lady I follow on twitter.  See that blog post here: and while I'm not overly sure what the blog post does/is/is about there are many followers, likes, clicks, pins etc that turned me green with envy while also finding myself incredibly impressed.
In her post, she writes of news reflecting leaving the full time job.   Oh yes.  How many of us want to feel that?  Hands up?  Me for one.  Yet i guess I already have.  
Working as a freelancer already has its benefits for sure yet the one big passion I really have (and have told you guys a million times before) is writing my blog.  Yes, I love it.  I want it to be the full time gig.  The full time job.  So what's stopping me?

If I tell you will you promise to give me feedback? 


Yes, fear.  Fear of it not being well received.  

After investing much time and money into all these lessons we are constantly told 'you need a niche'  and that noone is going to want to hear about your daily life.  Well, a little part of me doesn't believe that.  A little part of me feels I have something to offer those who are llike me,  wanting it all yet struggling due to health/mental health/ belief.  I'm trying hard to get there.  Yet the belief stops me.

So, I kinda stopped writing.

Then sense kicked in.  Ok, I was going to stay on at university and do the whole Phd thing.  Then I changed my mind (I will tell you but it will have to wait a few months) as I realised my health is really suffering!

So back to the idea of blogging, working from home, spending my days with Harley and topping up the muscle which is losing itself in my legs.  

While trying to help others through health and nutrition, I am ending up causing my own health to suffer.

Then I noticed the blog post above.

Feeling inspired,  I thought,  she is doing it.  She is actually doing it.  Why can't I?  

With expertise in many areas I have something to offer,  although the thing I really want to offer is a blog full of experiences, both good and bad and showing how despite life 'going against us' (it doesn't,  but that's the best way to put it!) we can all achieve our Lusher Life.

What say you? Would you read that?  With some carefully taken photographs to look at too?

Do you get my emails to your inbox?  Did you sign up to that box on the left for that?  Please leave me a comment so I know...

Then, my lovely friend Stephen who has been absent for some time from the blogosphere posted too...more clarity.

What say you?  Would you read?

Much love

Louise xoxo

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Wednesday 23 November 2016

Ever felt overwhelmed?

Indulge me in a little self pity?

For I’m sure this is somewhere we have all been at sometime.  Overwhelm!

Wow – I’m sure feeling that my feet are back on solid ground, in the rainy UK, with more work than I know what to do with.  So please, sit with me and picture the scene.  Coffee shop; (pretty cold here) with my nice soya latte and a gluten free cake (yum!). Plenty of note paper, a nice pen and my glasses.  My diary (one is not enough so I consider buying another to use as my day diary for personal stuff and anything non uni related.  Yes, there is lots to do and frustratingly my fingernails are beautifully long (looking wonderful after the wedding but way too long to type at my usual speed) as I sit and ponder about life, the future and how I can figure all these things out.

The Law of Attraction has a lot to answer for.  Not only did it have me confused for ages and ages (knowing that life is supposed to be joyous after being raised with comments to the contrary) yet I felt inclined to write list upon list of how to figure out what I should be doing.  You may have seen the several blog posts I wrote suggesting how you can figure out what you should be doing.

Take me back?

So, then I cracked it. I should be working online. Yay.  Love that idea.  One for a challenge, I decided to take things one stage further and get myself more knowledge and qualifications.  Then the tricky bit began.  The real work started.  Whoever said ‘students have a cracking time lording it up in the pub’ had things very misunderstood.   University is HARD work.  While I love a challenge and I definitely love hard work,  this is frustrating at times.  Not always clear on what is expected of me or how I am supposed to be learning, I often wonder what the flip I’m doing.  On top of this, I know within my heart, soul and gut that I need to start growing my online practice as soon as possible.  Yet time is of the essence as I see to writing the next lab report or doing another piece of research. 

Can I be honest with you here?  My health has suffered.  I don’t find the time to get to the gym anymore.  Eating right is a luxury (and I know better than that) and I find myself an unwell victim of society.  Rushing around, without proper nutrition and exercise.  So while I’m hoping to help others at the end of all this, I seem to be doing myself more harm than others.

Should I quit?  Throw in the towel?  Heck, no.  Not without a darn good crack at the whip.  Maybe I need to accept that for the next 18 months life will be more than a challenge, maybe we will need to get take-aways or microwave dinners and I will for sure need to keep taking my anxiety medication (which goes against everything I believe in).  At the end of all this, I not only get a gown and mortar board photo but I gain credibility.  As a nutritional scientist who uses evidence based approaches to help my clients.  Hoping to bring an end to some people’s health issues along the way. 

Will it all be worth it?  Today it’s hard to believe. Yet I’m sure it will all be worth it!

Monday 7 November 2016

My wedding dress doesn't fit!

The wedding dress doesn't fit. 

Alterations last week saw needles flying at the speed of light. Yet efforts were in vain. 
I love this dress. 

What makes a dress?
For me, I would say the fit. Then you can tell a 'great made' dress too. Going hand in hand. 
Although I tried and even got Scott to put it on for me to get his opinion. 
We all knew it was wrong. 

Off I go after work to try and find myself a new wedding dress. 

We leave on Wednesday for Jamaica. 

Wish me luck!

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