About Me

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.

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*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

 

 

 

Do you have any questions you would like me to answer?

XOXO

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “About Me

  1. What a wonderful blog – it’s so nice to get to know you! Now you have me wondering about that disease – I suffer from severe stomach cramps that randomly attack and I never know why. By time I get into to see a Dr. I’m fine. I’ll have to look that up. Here’s my questions – Is there a problem being from Essex? lol In historical fiction novels, Essex folks seem to be big players in all the action. Second question – are you interested in history and do you take the time to visit all the historical sites there and in Wales or is it less exciting when you grow up around it?

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    1. Thank you ☺️ It’s definitely worth a trip to the doctors to begin the procedure for getting tested!

      To put it simply Essex has gained the reputation of being full of idiots. If you’re ever bored then google Essex girl and Essex boy, it will shed some further light on the situation! 😆

      I am interested in history, particularly visiting historical sites and seeing it with my own eyes ☺️

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  2. Oh hey it’s nice to meet you! I’m also from Essex (but we won’t tell anyone). I also have an allergy, a severe nut allergy so I get where you’re coming from. I really enjoyed reading your introduction and look forward to reading more of your posts! 🙌🏻

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    1. Hello ☺️ Thankfully I’ve even lost the majority of my Essex accent! (Just don’t ask me to say shut up) 😆 A nut allergy must be incredibly difficult to live with 😔 Thank you for your comment ☺️❤️

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  3. Thanks for your like on Dear Body. I hope you explore more of our work. From reading your bio it might suit you to explore Wholebody Focusing. PS. I also carry a “remedy bag” with homeopathics and the hard stuff too.

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing Liz! Doctor’s don’t even catch gluten issues with patients. Glad you are living better now. Hope you are successful with the shopping issue. You might ask yourself this question before making a buying decision – How many hours of work would it take to afford buying this? This will help you realize how much time you are having to exchange for what you are buying. A book I gave my daughters and they said helped them is – “Your Money or Your Life”. Check it out on Amazon!
    xoxoxo
    Chuck

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I do try to ask myself that question and I go through the whole ‘Do I really need it?’ Usually I then successfully walk away from it! I will have a look at that book though, it might help me for those occasions when I can’t walk away from a product!
      Thanks again 🙂

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  5. Hey Liz, I also discovered late that I am gluten intolerant and guess what? After a while I discovered a that gluten intolerance can also have neurological symptoms, not just digestive ones..Try to check out a book called ‘Grain Brain’ by David Perlmutter (I think), he explains the link between gluten and neurological symptoms really well, there are also videos of his on youtube..going gluten free changed my life and I wish you every success on your journey forward! xxx

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  6. Thank you Liz for your openness and honesty, didn’t sound that you were awkward at all. We all have those little issues that create bigger problems in our lives, but it is how we deal with it all that really matters. Like you, writing gives me a release, almost therapeutic in a way, to clear my mind. Plus I love to help others along their own journey in life. You live in a country that I would love to visit one day and I will. Take care of yourself x

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