Despite having been blogging for almost a year I don’t think I’ve actually introduced myself. I thought now might be the best time to do so as I have really got into blogging lately. I hate having so write ‘About Me’ so apologies if this sounds stilted and awkward – I am an awkward person.
*I don’t normally look like this but my mum’s a photographer so some of the perks mean pretty pictures!
I thought the easiest way to do this would be to ask myself some questions, here goes…
Who am I?
So, hello. My name is Elizabeth but everyone calls me Liz – unless you’re my 3 and 1 year old cousins who know me as Lizzie. As I write this I am 24 years old, technically self-employed but hating what I am doing. I guess I can now consider blogging to be one of my hobbies? Other than that I have no other hobbies. I’m a shopaholic who is trying to stop shopping.
What am I blogging about?
I began this blog back in March 2017, I had just quit my temping job and my anxiety was at an all time high. A couple of months earlier I had realised that I could no longer tolerate gluten. At the time my cousin had similar symptoms to me and was tested for coeliac disease, it was confirmed that she was suffering from it. I knew that I should be tested too but unfortunately there was no way I would be able to get any time off work to go for some tests. In hindsight I then did a very silly thing – I cut gluten out of my diet. It made such a positive affect on me and the bloating and nausea stopped quite quickly. Whilst I was feeling better I knew that cutting gluten out would make it impossible to get an accurate test results.
About 6 months after cutting gluten out my partner and I were in Wales visiting his family. We passed a chip shop which he told me had the best chip shop chips ever and he had been going there since he was a child. We queued and got ourselves each a bag of chips and sat on the beach eating them. It was not until later that night, as I began to get stomach cramps and lost my appetite that it crossed my mind that they may have been coated in flour or fried with other gluten products. I suffered from the most painful stomach aches that night and felt incredibly sick. For the next few days my stomach felt very fragile and I could barely muster the energy to move. For me this confirmed that I do have an allergy to gluten, whether that be an intolerance or coeliac disease, I am not sure. I have slipped up on a few other occasions and paid the price.
When I originally started this blog I thought I would focus on gluten free cooking. I love cooking and baking but gluten free is a whole new science. I began to document my experiments in the kitchen whilst my life whizzed around me.
I began to think maybe I should start talking about my anxiety. I have suffered with my anxiety since I was 11 years old and back then it was not something that was particularly recognised nor talked about. Things are different these days and I want to be part of the movement to make anxiety less lonely and to encourage people to talk about it.
To put is simply this blog is about me. My lifestyle, my food, my mental health and just about everything else.
Where am I from?
I’m English. Originally from Essex (shh, don’t tell anyone!).
What is your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment would be my degree. From having been home schooled due to my anxiety I then successfully started college to complete both my GCSEs and A levels. Many people thought I wouldn’t succeed but I wanted to prove them wrong, and I did. I also enjoyed every second of my degree. Okay, maybe not exam season but I did enjoy the rest!
What’s the one item you can’t leave home without?
I am a walking chemist – if you need any kind of medication I will have it on me. My little pouch of medicines comes everywhere with me. It’s one of my safety mechanisms for my anxiety and so if I have my little pouch on me and I start to feel unwell I know that I will have something to help me until I can get home.
What was your first job?
My first job was working at an outdoor theatre in the grounds of a castle when I was 17. My friend worked there and so we had great fun working summers together and when the audience were seated we’d get to sit and watch the play too.
If you inherited £100,000 right now, how would you spend it?
I’d buy a little shack abroad somewhere so that over the years I could rebuild it and turn it into a lovely little retreat.
Tell us 5 facts about you:
- I’ve been a vegetarian for around 13 years
- I have a Shih Tzu named Teddy
- I was home schooled from the age of 11 until 15
- I attempted to learn Spanish for a few years but in reality all I can do is order a coffee with milk and some fries (Cafe con leche y patatas fritas por favor)
- This is not my first blog and if you scroll back far enough you’ll find some old posts that I ported from my old blog
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