Vegan Peanut Butter Bars – Loving It Vegan

Hello lovelies I found a great little website vegan food (of course!) and some very mouthwateringly tempting recipe to try.

So I thought I’d share these with you lovely lot first! Enjoy!

Please note if you have any preexisting health problems such as gastrointestinal issues. Or other health conditions such as IBS and diverticular disease and you’re following a low fodmap diet, you may want to adjust or omit any high fodmap foods. Do not assume that the recipes you see here are low fodmap and nightshade free.

This also includes anyone with food allergies sensitivities and intolerances. Please check the ingredients before trying out these recipes.. ❤️

Bean Sprouts Health Benefits & Blog

Hello my lovelies I’ve been busy with reading and watching Educational and nutritional studies and information. Aswell as trying to stabilise my glucose levels during the evening so it doesn’t wake me up during the night.

What complicates matters is that I live with several different health conditions where the symptoms of the symptoms overlap. Illness and hormonal changes such as the peri and menopause can trigger Reactive Hypoglycemia (RH) symptoms.

Anyhow we wanted to include a wider variety of food to our diet and beans is something we don’t eat regularly as some cause IBS symptoms.

Mr Vegan had been craving some beanshoots so I looked them up and up came organic mung beans.

When sprouted they’re useful for salads stir-fry soups sandwiches and a good source of vitamins B2 C and K. In addition they contain copper and Iron with adequate levels of Folate.

So we bought some online via amazon and got them delivered the next day.

They are surprising easy to germinate and grow in a tub lined with an appropriate material for lining and helping the seed germinate whilst staying damp. This method has worked supremely well and would be a great activity for children at home. Or children in an educational setting.

These are from our third crop and harvest of mung beans grown in a pot. So you don’t need a garden. All you need is a spare container with a lid suitable for layering a single bed of mung beans.

Then ensure they are watered muslin cloth can also be used I’ve read. There are various methods of how to sprout mung beans available online. ❤️

Björk – it’s oh so quiet

Hello lovelies this song covered by Björk brings back some precious memories of my youngest daughter. My mum could and would spend my childhood singing. She would tell us every time a Connie Francis song come on the radio that it was her. As Connie’s her chosen name it so happened my mum sounded just like her. As young children, it didn’t take much convincing as I knew my mum’s name was Connie and that was it…

Anyhoo It’s So Quiet was released in November 1995 two months after my youngest daughter 3rd birthday. This was her first attempt at singing. Being the youngest of 3 girls she was laid back and followed what her sisters were doing.

But occasionally she would surprise you with a little dance or song or an amazing story she was very creative. It started as a typical toddler does with the sshh and her tiny finger squashing her little plump lips.. Her eyes huge and round like saucers her fine blonde hair hung in a curtain of baby ringlets below her ears.

She went on to sing at a local youth club with one of my eldest friends who could also sing. Anyway my youngest went on to sing at the local festival.

Her song of choice gives you an idea of how great her singing voice is the song was Respect by the great Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. In the mean time enjoy ❤️👑😎🍀

Plant Based Vegan Homemade Shepherd’s Or Gardener’s/Cottage Pie

Hello there my lovelies it’s Mr Vegans birthday so I made him a homemade lentil with mixed vegetables soup with some herbs and black pepper.

So I decided to make myself a vegan version of a Shepherd’s pie. Traditionally made with minced beef or lamb.. Cottage pies used to have just minced beef in gravy.

As I have eliminated white potatoes from my diet to see if they are a trigger im using sweet potatoes mixed with a whole parsnip and a couple of carrots with no plant butter just black pepper and the vegetables themselves..

Anyhow I chopped what ever vegetables I found in the larder and fridge. Carrots Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Sweetcorn Peas Spinach Lentils spring onion parsnips and anything else you wish to use.

I usually cook the main protein part of the meal in a simmering lidded saucepan for an hour until everything is soft and the herbs etc is marinaded well with the herbs and the free from gluten gravy.

While this is simmering nicely on the hob I began cooking the root vegetables for the mashed topping.

I like to keep on hand a tub of vegan gravy granules to thicken up the lentils and mixed fresh veggy. This way when you put the mashed potatoes on top they won’t sink into the gravy.

In the UK we supermarket brands who also produce food products free from gluten milk eggs and wheat. So depending on the supermarket labelling most are likely plant based and vegan rather than vegetarian with other animal ingredients.. But they usually labelled the food products free from.. I use Tesco and Asda’s (Walmart) free from beef gravy are vegan.

Then it was browned off in the oven for around 20 to 30 minutes at Gas Mark 7 or 220°C (or 200°C if you use an fan assisted oven) to give the top of the mash a crunchy texture. ❤️

Fresh sweet potatoes carrots and parsnips chopped or diced into equal sized chunks makes for even cooking.
Mixed fruit ready for a low GI (Glycemic Index) no added sugar fruit salad..

This recipe is enough for roughly two people depending on the size of your appetite and your plate! 😎 🥰❤️🍀

Ingredients for Vegan Shepherd’s Or Gardener’s Pie..

I used 80g (grams) Sweet Potatoes, 20g Sweetcorn, 15g of Garden Peas, 80g Spinach, 20g of Lentils, half of a Spring Onion equalled to about 20 grams. 120g Parsnips, 120g or 2 medium to large Carrots, 30g Butternut Squash, 20g Swede/Rutabaga and 5 to 6 ½ cups of water. Asda Free From Beef Gravy add enough to your liking.

You can use freshly cut or dried herbs but I find that I need to add more when using fresh herbs from our garden. But when I use dried herbs such as Thyme Rosemary Coriander/Cilantro Oregano Majoram Asafoetida or known as Hing in Indian cuisine and a good alternative to the onion family I usually add ½ teaspoon (tsp) to begin then I will add more added to taste.

I quite like to keep a few bottles of dried herbs as a back up when the garden herbs have finished for the season. I also like to have separate herbs as well as a pot of mixed herbs to experiment with flavours with different dishes. Supermarkets produce their own dried herbs if you’re unable to grow your own..

These could be in a generic glass container with mixed herbs such as Chives, Sage, Thyme, Rosemary, Coriander/Cilantro or and Oregano. Or in the UK you can get a collection of mixed herbs called Bouquet Garni and Herbes De Province.. This depends on the brand and the supermarkets..

Lastly not forgetting our number one staple for Mr Vegan and I is Black Peppercorns. Black Pepper is usually sold either whole to grind to the coarseness you prefer. Or pre-ground Black Pepper shaker if you don’t have a pepper pot. Black Pepper is known for its medicinal anti inflammatory properties. ❤️

Meat free Recipes – Combined archive – Meatless Farm

Hey there lovelies it’s been a strange few days for me and I haven’t been well enough to write or post much.

I hope everyone is as well and healthy as you can be. The usual Reactive Hypoglycemia and my making my way through this minefield and I seem to stable again after a series of Hypos (Hypoglycemia) lows that were very low glucose results.

Anyway, I buy sometimes plant based alternatives to mince beef or chicken as part of a recipe occasionally. One such product is from Meatless Farm and available in the UK in various popular Supermarkets such as Tesco Asda and Sainsburys and direct from their website.

So whether you want to make something festive for the holidays. Or be tempted by some of the traditional or around the world recipes..

Check out the link below as most of these companies have recipes to make the best of their produce..

You don’t even have to be vegan to try these recipes. ❤️

Watch “Diverticulitis Signs & Symptoms (And Why They Occur)” on YouTube

My partner and soulmate Mr Vegan has diverticular disease and he gets bouts of diverticulitis then goes into remission. He leads a vegan diet and lifestyle changes helped with improving the IBS symptoms he experiences on a daily basis. Much of his morning is taken up with trips to the toilet and being doubled over in pain.

Then having to reluctantly return to bed, and wait for his symptoms to subside. He’s usually dolaid curled up in bed, due to the nausea sickness with visible shaking. This is due to the severe pain which comes and goes intermittently.

This video discusses the signs and symptoms of diverticulitis and why they occur. ♥️

Watch “How did Olivia Newton-John Find Out Her ‘Dead’ Boyfriend Is Alive?” on YouTube

Hello lovelies totally random post I’ve always fangirled over Olivia Newton John. I think she was a great singer and  I enjoyed seeing her in films such as Zanadu and Grease a 9 year old me my Mum and sister went to watch Grease at the cinema.

When I was able to get the soundtrack of each movie I played them on repeat so I knew the words to every song. This short video shows some amazing photos of Olivia she was stunningly beautiful and has aged really  well and looks good for her age.

She is alive and a cannabis advocate and patient for treating the multiple times she had cancer. ♥️🙏

Watch “What Happened When Hospital Workers Went Vegan During Covid-19 Pandemic | The Exam Room Podcast” on YouTube

Hi there my lovelies it’s a shortish one as I’ve had a day of hospital tests when admitted this morning for the reactive hypoglycemia problem I have. Anyway, I thought I would share this video and the study itself. Sadly I don’t have my Athens account anymore.

However I got to read the synopsis which I managed to get enough by watching the short video interview. By the lead doctor. Her research with her colleagues involved enrolling health care workers during the COVID pandemic. What was revealed was interesting and informative .. well worth watching and or reading if you are a student. ♥️

Watch “A Tale of Two Drugs; THC & GABApentin. Dr. Ian Mitchell: 2019 CannSolve Summit – Cannabinoids & Pain” on YouTube

An interesting watch hearing about the history of Gabapentin from when it was first manufactured and used for medicine. Then the same breakdown of the origins around Cannabis. But bear in mind this was filmed in 2019 and the event location is in Canada.

But the information on each drug and it’s efficacy is relevant. However there is more updated information available online to read listen or view than there is here. But it’s definitely worth a look!♥️😘

Finally, the take away from this for me is that not all pharmaceuticals are effective. Especially when taken regularly over a long period of time. Therefore this impacts on everyone who is living with a chronic illness. They’re having to purchase privately prescribed cannabis based products for various reasons.

Some of these are because people are wanting a safer alternative to pharmaceuticals. Another reason could be that pharmaceuticals aren’t an efficacious drug for long term use. Or for various reasons not just pertaining to long term use – especially as the only licensed cannabis based medicine is synthesized from the Skunk and plants.

I’ve been a legal cannabis patient (since April 2021.. and I’ve been an advocate and campaign for legalising cannabis and raising awareness. According to various media information and studies, there are very few people who have access to CBM’s currently…♥️ by by 5vTfGskPU


Good evening lovelies! While I was finishing the bed I could hear my Kev in the next room. He was only on the phone to his friend. I wasn’t really making a point of listening as I’d stripped the bed so my attention was on my task. However, I was inspired to write.

Everybody is grateful for something in our lives aren’t we. The usual one is to be grateful for your health.. For those of you who have just joined our little lovely community at Ramblings, will come to know I have multiple complex health needs. This is mainly due to complications (then diagnoses) from being twice infected with double pneumonia and twice Sepsis shock survivor.

When I can figure out where it is I’ll add a link at the end of my experiences put onto video on YouTube.

Apologies I’m rambling as usual 😘 anyway I was thinking about how grateful I will be to get into bed as my feet have been hurting more lately. I’m grateful for the place we live in and for our children and grandchildren who are a constant source of love joy delight and inspiration from.

Lastly I am grateful for the love of my life and the cannabis plant. It has given me not only better breathing and pain relief. I’m able to taper my dosage to wean myself off of the strong opiate medicines. But I am grateful for so many different things and opportunities I could be writing for a long time…

But after the second time my lungs collapsed I was awake and aware of what had happened. As the consultant told me I was going be put into another induced coma to put another drain in my lungs and rest for reasons too long to put here. Then later by light sedation {as they couldn’t do it via general anaesthesia – another story in itself} as they were filling with fluids)

I was told after the fact how lucky I was to survive. So in my case, its true – I’m so grateful for my health! ♥️

Admittedly I’ve always been positive and optimistic and try to practice mindfulness meditation and other techniques to create self reflection and homeostasis…

So what are you grateful for ?

Watch “Grassroots: The Cannabis Revolution (Medical Documentary) | Real Stories” on YouTube

Hi there my lovelies on the 1st November 2018 cannabis was legalised for medicinal use.

According to the UK’s government agency NICE, cannabis based medicine is only for people who live with Multiple Sclerosis, intractable Epilepsy and people going through the horrendous process of cancer treatment. Cannabis based products are used for antiemetic treatment for the side effects of aggressive cancer therapies❤️

These four types of CBM’s are licensed for the NHS. However, still very few are prescribed these medications as you’ve got to have tried other medications including opiates.

This doesn’t include or provide any help or access cannabis based products for people who live with other progressive conditions, of which cannabis can help. This doesn’t include any patient suffering from chronic pain and other conditions.

However if you have money you can buy cannabis in the UK private sector via a prescription from a pain specialist and or psychiatry. In my case I joined Project Twenty 21 ..(T21) and I have got discounted medicine prescribed to me. I give my information to Drug Science to input into their ongoing database of real scientific data (information) to provide evidence that cannabis works for many conditions.

As I have a long list of health conditions I’d be a fool not to sign up for T21. Especially since it will help future people who are interested in accessing cannabis based medicines. ♥️✌️🙏

But if you were to buy cannabis based products without a prescription then it’s illegal and subject to legal prosecution and jail time for possession of an illegal dried flower that helps relieve pain and any medical conditions you might live with. ♥️

Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease

I came across this particular video, the first out of a short three part video series. It was on YouTube as a recommended watch. I’m so very glad I did! You see I was diagnosed with gluten sensitivity several years ago after I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.

I came across my gluten sensitivity through partly research as my partner shares some of these symptoms (he was subsequently diagnosed with gluten sensitivity too) and working with my doctor and dietitian.

I also have autoimmune disorders one of which was diagnosed as Hypothyroidism. With the type of Hypothyroidism I have, it is common to get gluten sensitivity. According to Dr Datis Kharrazian, ..“Gluten intolerance and Celiac disease is a auto immune response to Gluten and numerous studies have been linked with Hashimotos”. Kharrazian,D: Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms, Elephant Press, (page 26)

My doctor and my specialist agreed that it wasn’t worth putting me through the gluten test because of the severe symptomatic reaction I have. They said it’s easier for me to avoid all gluten containing foods.

I had a Celiac test done but I had already stopped eating gluten that the results wouldn’t be accurate. The results were negative so rather than a allergy. It’s an intolerance to gluten but I accepted it and have much improved since cutting out gluten containing foods.

However, I was aware that gluten can be found in medicines. As my partner is prescribed gluten free medicine. But I didn’t know that white potatoes can mimic Gluten as can oats. I found this interesting because I stopped eating white potatoes to see if they cause Hyperglycemic and Hypoglycemic symptoms. I spoke about this in a past blog post.

These are very interesting videos and has prompted me into looking at gluten sensitivity/intolerance and celiac disease a much closer look. But I am also reading a new book about prediabetes… which will be in the next blog enjoy ♥️….

Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity Part 1

Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity Part 2 of 3

Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity Part 3 Living Gluten Free.

Pain and Magnesium

I watched an interesting educational video about pain whether acute or chronic pain. Dr Andrea Furlan discussed Magnesium in relation to pain. She also explained in understandable terms what is pain and how a diet rich in Magnesium mix beneficial for pain.

There’s a link below where you’ll find a list of foods that contain Magnesium (Mg) and a link to the YouTube video of the *same name.

Dr Furlans video

Watch “You’ll Want To Eat These Vegan Lemon Cream Overnight Oats EVERY Day! (For Breakfast and Dessert!)” on YouTube

Hello lovelies I’ve always enjoyed Lemon fresh lemons and limes are tasty too. But I’ve always harboured a love affair with lemons and lemon contained food and beverages.

Anything from a child I’d eat the lemon slices that decorating food and drinks at parties or my mum’s homemade lemon meringue pie or she’d make flans and tarts I remember many different ways of making cakes desserts with sweet and savoury pastries pies and puddings.

My mum known as Connie but her name was Spanish Conselleta (she was of English Romani and Welsh Kale or Kalá Romani descent. They had came to Wales via Spain. But I digress..) was an experienced and qualified chef it was her passion and would be always making something using her own pastry recipes.

It’s funny I’ve always enjoyed oats and porridge oats but I’ve always been used to them hot. I suppose they remind me of rice pudding. Another dessert I loved as a child. Often served with fruit or prunes I loved having a dessert after the main meal. Or we’d have occasions when on a Sunday we’d have a Apple pie and custard. Mum’s pastry was unbeatable in terms of taste. I’ve never tasted anything else like her pastry recipes since. Especially I’m referring to her shortcrust pastry!😉♥️

You might even say I made trying different pies pastries cakes desserts and puddings a happy hobby.. I like to eat many different treats.. I always find myself drawn to Lemon.

So while I would have to alter the recipe to ensure that it’s gluten free and very minimum of natural unrefined sugar sources. As I have Reactive Hypoglycaemia I’ve got to ensure it won’t cause a sugar spike and cause Hyperglycemic symptoms as those symptoms are awful it is because the insulin drops too quickly after being absorbed too quickly.

But check out this video and Cooking with Plants channel and her other recipes on YouTube. I’ll let you know when I try this it looked like a rice pudding to me. Which is great as that thought will help me to try some cold overnight oats.(As a child I was used to a non lumpy hot bowl of oats. So I hated it when it went cold) But something tells me that this recipe is the one that’s gonna taste good.

I have both almond and soya milk. So I think I may try these overnight oats. There is many different varieties and recipes for overnight oats…

My Kev’s Interview With Green Queen Magazine.

Hi there my lovelies just thought I’d share this with you all. ❤️

This is a very good article outlining the legal cannabis community and access to cannabis based medicines and growing your own cannabis medicines. (You can legally purchase everything including Cannabis seeds and equipment in which to grow. But the moment you germinate that seed without a licence (which are given for commercial purposes only) you are breaking the law in the UK.

Kev discusses the benefits, if we could as patients (or a caregiver for people like me who can’t grow my own) were able to grow our own cannabis plants. He discusses how it would alleviate the stress of when stock isn’t available for the patients as well as saving money as we purchase our CBM’s privately..

In addition it would help the medical professionals and prevent patients having to go back to the black markets or compassion clubs to purchase their cannabis flowers or oil because there is some stock availability issues in the private sector.

According to published by the UK department of health and the home office published in 2020 in March 2nd saying that they are changing the import restrictions for cannabis based products so people with prescriptions for cannabis based products for medicinal use do not have their treatment interrupted.

Yet I’ve had interruption in my treatment and was without CBM’s for almost a month and again a week without CBM’s is seems to me a result of unnecessary restrictions on the import regulations ..

Obviously it would save millions on the NHS aswell as not taking precious resources away from the Police Services across the country.

One of our friends Carly set up a organisation (Cancard) where such a system could be set up nationwide. She has been carrying out training with the metropolitan police at various locations. This is also backed by the Police Chiefs Council and the Police Federation in the UK.

However be aware even if you have a Cancard. This doesn’t mean to say you won’t be arrested. As it is up to the discretion of the attending police officer whether they will charge you for cannabis possession and or cultivation.

Faster access to cannabis based medicines

Cannabis as a Medicine

I’ve found that cannabis as a medicine remarkable. One little plant… it’s leaves when you can get them donated via a friend or compassion club are used in food. Cannabis stems leaves and flowers can be so versatile. They not only benefit the human body, it has so many uses from medicine to clothing textiles to building materials. We’ve found its good for putting CBM’s leaf material into smoothies. Sadly it’s not very often we get donations of leaf material.

As they help with pain aswell as additional fibre, and receiving additional omega’s and other nutritional benefits, vital for homeostasis. It’s also beneficial for Mr Vegan’s and anyone’s health conditions such as diverticulosis and diverticulitis psoriasis Arthritis chronic illness as well as widespread chronic pain.

I am a legal cannabis patient, it is prescribed to me privately via a private pain specialist… I have raw cannabis flowers which relieves pain aswell as having other benefits to my breathing for instance.

I also believe if you can prove you have a clinical need for CBM’s and you can do so you should be eligible for growing your own strain of CBM’s at home. There’s opportunities such as Cancard founded by my friend Carly. However, while Cancard is backed by the police federation and Police Chiefs council.

It is up to the individual officer at the moment whether he or she will pursue charges for cannabis possession and or cultivation. This doesn’t mean that the next time you are approached by the police they may arrest and charge you for cannabis possession and or cultivation.

While I am now legally protected from prosecution and eviction from our home for consuming cannabis medicine via a private legal prescription. I have no intention of stopping advocating for cannabis based medicines. Especially for the people unable to access CBM’s. People assume that you smoke it but there’s many ways to consuming cannabis based medicines.

But it shows you that more and more medical professionals are receptive to Cannabis Based Medicines. I’ve been very lucky each medical professional I’ve approached including the endocrine specialist, have been open minded receptive and a positive response.

My neurologist even knew about the ECS.. As he went on to tell us both about the research he’s been involved with on cannabinoids and knew of sativex via his work at King’s College Hospital London. You can be prescribed cannabis flowers oil and available in other places you may find tinctures and edible products or leaves and flowers used in culinary dishes.

He was very receptive during our consultation and wrote down the details of my repeat prescription as I described exactly what kind of cannabis flowers I was vaping via a vapouriser. This was reflected positively in the consultation about cannabis being highly beneficial for me..

He said he felt cannabis was the future and thanked us for the education on CBM’s and encouraged me and Mr Vegan to continue advocating for cannabis to be accessed from the NHS instead of the black market… I’m inclined to agree cannabis is the future and can help our society and civilization environmentally…♥️

Watch “Dance Routine “Do You Love Me ” – The Contours ” On YouTube

Hello my darlings music has always had a profound affect on me. Music is the backdrop and soundtrack of my life and is another positive mood booster for me.

Music and dancing has always been an outlet for stress. Before I became ill music and exercise was my only go to for destressing relaxing and the opportunity to think clearly. My main form of exercise I used at that time was running with my earphones in..

But as I am unable to Enjoy this short video I know I certainly did ❤️

Watch “Amazing Way to Use NETTLES to Improve Seedling Success” on YouTube

Hello lovelies this was an interesting video about using plants to feed your other plants be it food or ornamental plants flowers and foliage. They seem to have therapeutic benefits and help the produce you’re growing according to the guest Nigel Palmer and author of a book he wrote about regenerative and restorative gardening.

It seems relatively easy to make and something that Mr Vegan and I are going to try once we find our metal funnel and gather some plant material. Sadly we composted the last of our nettles during the last clean of the garden recently.

But as our ground and soil is fairly fertile it won’t take long for them to return as they’re prolific to the local gardens.. Enjoy.. 🥰 let me know if you happen to try it ❤️

Watch “Don’t Worry About Food Allergies with These Recipes | The Exam Room Podcast” on YouTube

Hello lovelies this was an interesting video the video was Chuck Carroll interviewing his guest whose a vegan chef. He has devised different recipes that exclude many of the common food allergens.

They also shared one recipe (you could easily pause the video, write it down or copy it via a screen shot) that looked very appetising and great with some nice chunky dry roast chips (as we call them in the UK – elsewhere they may be described as chunky fries or chunky wedges)

Which is a credit to the chef as I’ve never been a lover of cauliflower much preferring broccoli. I used to call cauliflower white trees and broccoli green trees when my children were very young.

This was to encourage them to eat as many different vegetables as possible as I knew vegetables were good for you and wanted them to have a varied diet so they weren’t fussy with their food. I was very lucky as they loved their food my youngest especially would go for second or third servings of Brussel sprouts in the school canteen. They still love their vegetables..

Anyhoo, however since being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, I’ve become sensitive to cruciferous vegetables. So you get some educational information and a recipe to enjoy.. ❤️

Watch “Foods With Healthy Fat and How Much You Should Eat | Dr. Neal Barnard Live Q&A” on YouTube

Hello my lovelies for anyone who has heart disease kidney disease and other chronic autoimmune and blood conditions such as Crohns Disease Prediabetes Reactive Hypoglycemia CVD and Hypothyroidism.

Aswell as preventing strokes and heart attack Type 2 diabetes there is a staggering amount of scientific evidence showing that a low fat whole foods plant based diet improves human health conditions such as the ones just discussed.

Even if you are lucky enough to have good health but are looking to just lose weight or lower the cholesterol blood pressure this is one to watch ❤️

420 At Hyde Park London Discussion Of It’s Merits & Disadvantages

Hello my lovelies I thought I’d share this article from Cannabis Health it also features a few people we’ve got to know through the cannabis community and attending rallies and protestival such as Green Pride and Hyde Park Parliament and the like. Such as Guy and Alex. It also features cannabis journalist Ruby Deevoy who wrote a story about Mr Vegan and the life of a full time carer for me etc.. For anyone interested I’ll add a link at the end as always.

The article looks at whether acts of cognitive defiance of the law pertaining to events like Hyde Park and cannabis use is helping the cause. But does it help or does it hinder the cause of cannabis use and its benefits as a medicine?

Well over the years I’ve found by experience by attending rallies etc interesting and educational. We’ve made some very good friends in people who live with health problems that we’ve stayed in touch with. I’ve found them very useful for networking and educating the masses.

Could they hinder? Yes it is possible that if too many attendees just came to consume cannabis because its a laugh or something to do. Or others might think it fun to consume cannabis and alcohol and potentially causing problems for the public and the local police. That may cause people who believe prohibition of cannabis works may (we’ve all seen the news stories and negative publicity touting it’s addictive and causes people to do violent crimes and whole racist cannotations coming from people like Harry J Anslinger) writing articles for the mainstream and regional media.

On the other hand events like Hyde Park’s 420 seems to be useful for raising awareness and organisations such as Seed The Future and Drug Science attend aswell to educate and deliver presentations and lectures on cannabis based medicines and cannabis as a plant and its impact on health and the environment..

Lastly the other type of event like Product Earth holds yearly events where activists and patients like us meet up and network. Other organisations such as The Patients Alliance Norml The Cannabis Social Clubs and other cannabis and hemp related businesses giving information and selling services and products such as clothing and other merchandise. Live music even tattooists and glassblowers and boutique eateries and your usual burger vans ( I had a very pretty butterfly tattoo 🦋 done on one of the years we went – she’s on the back of my neck. It is a luminescent Aquamarine Blue)

Anyhoo, what do you think about event like these to raise awareness. Or do you see these as a solution to get changes in the law? I’d love to hear your thoughts, for and against cannabis use so enjoy the read ❤️

Fodmaps Part Dui – 2..

Hey my lovelies I wrote a introduction on FODMAPs on April 9th blog post. In the main, I was discussing what FODMAPs were and how they can help IBS… Also briefly mentioned was foods under the criteria of Nightshade foods. This is going to be a standalone subject piece coming soon. Also mentioned were how FODMAPs were developed by the MONASH University in order to help people with gastrointestinal health issues.

But to get into today’s topic of Fodmaps. Based in Australia, Monash University has a website with resources on the fodmap diet including an app (widely available online to purchase on different operating systems) some people may find useful. Each food and drink are assigned a different classification 3 3 or rating as to how this item reacts to theð individuals then rated accordingly. The ratings are designated as low medium and high FODMAP foods.

Monash devised a system, a classification of every food and drink available worldwide. Assigning each item with an individual fodmap rating, which according to Google’s Play Store has been downloaded by over 100K of people. Myself included..

Fodmap foods utilise the traffic light system like the ones you see on food packages for nutritional labelling. With the fodmap diet they have classified each food item/beverage with either a Green Amber and Red traffic light system accordingly. There is a fourth category.. These foods are listed as a green food on the app with a difference. As when tested these items reveal a trace or no fodmaps were found. Examples on the list include foods such as CARROTS PARSNIPS where fodmaps wasn’t detected. Monash says they can be consumed freely.

However this being said, some people may find th&dďat despite the fact they are free to consume according to your appetite. You still may have a food sensitivity. So if you live with IBS due to an autoimmune condition such as Crohns Disease Hypothyroidism Diabetic or not diabetic and have Reactive Hypoglycemia like me, then please consult your specialist/dietitian before changing your diet.

But according to the Monash app, foods that are derived from animals such as chicken lamb veal poussin suckling pigs kangaroo and cow meat are high in protein so contains no carbohydrates. Fat derived from animals are also fodmap (carbohydrate) free due to the high fat content) Monash also say that excess fat may affect gut motility this may aggravate IBS symptoms.

However, I do not advocate the consumption animal derived foods and drinks. Due to the many sources of science based evidence of long-term problems and chronic diseases availabe. In addition to this the unnecessary killing of animals isn’t necessary to human health. Humans can thrive and survive on a plant based diet without any adverse effects due to vitamin & mineral deficiencies.

When you do begin start with introducing/removing one food at a time. Make a note of how that food has made you feel after consumption.. If you use a glucometer make a note of your blood glucose levels aswell as any positive or negative impact (symptoms). This helps to establish a pattern as to which food is an issue…🥰

This nutritional traffic light system works the same way as the labels used in the UK/Australia/USA and elsewhere this system is used. For instance, Green is for good to eat everyday (However it is important to note that some people depending on the individual are only able to tolerate particular foods weighing a set amount before IBS symptoms may occur). Amber represents eating some foods from this section in moderation. Lastly, red is high in fodmaps and to avid foods from this section if sensitive. They’re similar to what comes on most of the UKs packaging and indeed nowadays globally.

For example Cherry Tomatoes are a green light food depending on how many you have. If you consume more than 3 at 45 grams it takes the tomatoes into the Amber section. 4 Tomatoes equals 60 grams and Monash University revealed that more than 5 Cherry Tomatoes at 75 grams is a Red fodmap rating and higher in the Fodmap Fructose which some people may not absorb well.

However since Mr Herb’n Grower is sensitive to nightshade foods despite their green status he cannot consume them presently as they have a negative effect. However you may notice in the app canned Plum/Roma Tomatoes Monash test differently. Saying 100 grams of Tomatoes are rated low fodmap and a Green light food.

Mr Herb’n Grower aka my Mr Vegan follows Monash’s FODMAP diet to help with severe IBS/Severe Diverticular disease. He has several food sensitivities which cause IBS and when severe causes severe bouts of diverticulitis. I have IBS aswell due to auto immune food intolerances sensitivities. Please remember that everyone is different and the foods I’m able to consume other people may find problematic.

It got me to thinking as I’d read that certain foods can be classed as low fodmap. This inspired me to write this particular blog. But if you have over a certain amount that food becomes a higher fodmap. (turning an Amber into RED traffic light) I’ve seen others sources such as Monash refer to this as ‘fodmap stacking’.

The little humble Courgette/Zucchini to my international friends and visitors is a good example of this. Monash recommends that the Courgette is safe to consume at 65 grams and below is has a low green light rating.

However if you eat over 85 grams or even 75 grams the Courgette can then become a higher rating from Amber to Red at 75 grams courgettes contain moderate amounts of Oligo – Fructans. This can exacerbates IBS symptoms if you’re sensitive to this particular fodmap.

According to the NICE guidelines If a person’s IBS symptoms persist while following general lifestyle and dietary advice, offer advice on further dietary management. Such advice should; Include single food avoidance and exclusion diets (for example, a low FODMAP [fermentable oligosaccharides and polyols] diet). only be given by a healthcare professional with expertise in dietary management. [new 2015]”.

Before trying any new diet, especially if you have any preexisting conditions and are experiencing the symptoms of conditions such as IBS. You should make a visit to your Primary Care Doctor or/and a dietitian/nutritionist. Unless you live in the UK, you can make an appointment to see your GP. They should then refer you to a dietitian or/and a specialist such as a Gastroenterologist or Endocrinologist depending on your symptoms and the outcome. Or ask your doctor to be referred if you feel IBS is a cause. Or IF a diagnosis of IBS has been made by your doctor and you’re still having problems ❤️

EntOURage Network – The Women’s Cannabis Network

Hello lovelies I thought I’d share this with you all I felt compelled to reach out to this organisation to see if they needed a patients perspective on cannabis based medicines. So after reading their ethos and the sections of this website I wrote them a message to ask if they need some help?I don’t know if they have time to reply or even if they are still active. But thought I’d ask anyway..

One of the founders is a patient having a diagnosis of MS and this organisation are run by women in order to help women and people who live with health problems and information about cannabinoids CBD and empowering and enriched quality of life through information events presentations… According to Our Entourage Network, “Our mission is to empower and to create a safe place for people to share ideas and exchanges. Through collaboration and communication, our events aim to dispel stigma that continues to prejudice people in the industry”. ❤️

Oyster Mushrooms Roast

Hello lovelies I thought I’d share this with you lovely people I recently discovered that Oyster mushrooms are low fodmap very delicious and very nutrient dense? Such as oyster mushrooms are great for boosting the immune system…

The ladies Jane and Anne Esselstyn are cooking with the guest appearance of their sister/daughter in law Pollys recipe of Oyster Mushroom Roast.

They are a source of fungi and other beneficial properties for boosting the immune system. ❤️

Watch The Happy Pear on YouTube …

Hello lovelies I thought I’d share this with you lovely people. I have always had a soft spot for a Irish accent especially the southern part of Ireland 🇮🇪 I have Southern Irish ancestry on my paternal side of the family. But I like the northern part aswell, well the whole of Ireland this aside it’s a pleasure to be entertained by this twins who are vegan and chef’s and talented in their field..

They’ll give you good information about plantbased health and they’re including fodmaps in bitesized nuggets of information.. Food pun intended 😉😉

You can use garlic infused oil as it is low fodmap according to Monash’s App and Website.. But this recipe might not be suitable if you are sensitive to nightshade foods as it has tomatoes in.

I’ve also noted the green parts of green spring onions are low in fodmap than the stronger white parts of the onions and the same with the leeks and foods from the allium family ❤️