Author: kirstylouisedgp

Blogger and teen-fiction author from Sunderland, UK. Currently living in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

BIG SMILE. BIG BOOBS. EVEN BIGGER MENTAL ISSUES. – Mental Health Awareness Day 2017

As Mental Health Awareness Day is coming to a close I would just like to say a few quick things before the day ends…

  1. Look beyond someones smile – Anyone can wear a brave face and a fake smile, none better than those who have suffered without help for a long time. They’ve had the most practice – sometimes it those overly happy people who end off being the most broken. They just smile out of fear that if their smile fades, the tears will start again.
  2. Look for their unique voice – someone with a mental health problem may not be able to speak out about it using their voice so read what they write, look at what they draw, listen to the lyrics… if you pay close attention to someones art, you will know them a lot better.
  3. Remember everyone has anxiety – EVERYONE! It’s a natural instinct that enables us to survive in dangerous situations, some people’s are just more distinctive than others.
  4. Focus on the right body parts – Yep, that’s why the boob joke was in the title but that’s not what I mean. You can tell a lot from a person by certain parts of their body like… bitten finger nails or ripped skin on hands etc could be a sign of dermatillomania.
  5. Focus on what someone wears – You can actually tell a lot about someone from their clothing habits (not all the time but it’s still there). People with eating disorders such as anorexia are known to cover thier weightloss by wearing baggy clothing in the same way self harmers will cover their cuts and scars by covering up as much as possible.
  6. Not everyone who cuts wants to die – Some people use it as a form of control or power. They see it as a way of proving that no one can hurt them as much as they can hurt themselves.
  7. Councilling and medications don’t work on everyone – As someone who has tried a lot of types of antidepressant and therapy and had it all fail… trust me it’s worth a shot but don’t worry if they don’t work, theirs other ways.
  8. People who have an addiction need help – People with addictive personalities need help. Don’t sit there and tell smokers they can get help to quit but tell a drug addict they are the scum of the earth! They need help too!
  9. Relapses happen – Life is a rollercoaster… you will have your ups and downs and those topsy turvy moments when you dont know what to feel but if you made it out once, you can do it again!
  10. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Hidden Talent Exhibiton (The Arches Project)

The Arches Project will be hosting a Hidden Talent Exhibition on 3rd of November 2017.

The exhibition will be host to a diverse range of local and international artists. There will be artists from Birmingham, Worcester, Wales, Italy and Norway etc.

Entry is £2 and doors will be open from 6pm-9pm. To book your tickets click here.

Also open Saturday 4th November 2017 to Friday 17th November 2017 from 1100-1500

For further information contact The Arches Project on 0121 772 0852 or enquiries@thearchesproject.org

PCOS Awareness Month 2017: The dreaded social media sales people…

This is one of my biggest pet hates after becoming so open about having PCOS. These people have become like vultures and have been circulating all my social media accounts since my first post about the illness…

We will have all seen sales representatives for these products on Instagram and Facebook. They have a nasty habit on praying on people with weight problems that have been caused by PCOS. I would often get messaged by people on Instagram and Facebook claiming that these products could “cure” me. Pft, the doctors can’t find a cure for this so what makes you think that you have some magical cure, found in a product that everyone is aware is a money grabbing scam?

I would often get messaged by people on Instagram and Facebook claiming that these products could “cure” me. Pft, the doctors can’t find a cure for this so what makes you think that you have some magical cure, found in a product that everyone is aware is a money grabbing scam?

The recurring ones appeard to be Juice Plus and It Works wraps. These products won’t help you ladies, stick to clean eating, exercise and balancing those hormones.

Most doctors recomment the Slimming Word diet for most women suffering from PCOS (it’s not reccommended for me as I have hyperglycemia, which I talk about in this post). I suggest that you try that rather than products you can buy online. The most recent one to follow me is a ‘natural food supplement’ calld MyOvaCare, it costs £40 for a small tub of capsules… frankly, I’d rather diet.

PCOS Awareness Month 2017 – A week in the life of a PCOS sufferer

I’m sorry that I haven’t done my daily posts this week but a lot has changed in my battle for fertility in the last few days so, I have decided to share this last week with you in this, what I would like to call a diary post.

Monday

Just like most mornings that involve hospital appointments, I woke up with anxiety. I had a hospital appointment with the PCOS specialist at the diabetic clinic to try and help me in my weight loss battle, but I hate going to hospital appointments. I only go because I need the help but 90% of my appointments to do with my weight and fertility make me cry.

I didn’t eat breakfast, I can never normally stomach it. She did tell me off for that, as well as diagnose me with Hyperglycemia which is common in women with PCOS who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Now I have to change my whole diet… good bye chicken nuggets.

At the end of the day, my battle with PCOS and hyperglycemia comes down to one question, would I rather have chicken nuggets and diabetes or energy and children?

– Kirsty-Louise Card

I spent the rest of the day, avoiding starting my new diet while I constructed meal plans for how I was going to start it. I also had to deal with some painful acne around my chin which tends to mean that I had a bad hormonal reaction to something that I have eaten… probably the pizza the night before. That shouldn’t happen once the new diet is started though, I have to stick to natural foods and any carbs I consume need to be on the low side of the glyceamic index.

Tuesday

I started the diet. Most mornings I would avoid breakfast like the plague as I really struggle to keep it down and have done since I was around 14 years old (the age I was when my periods started). I have learned that this is because I wasn’t getting the energy from my food the day before until the following morning which meant there was no need for me to be eating.

I started off the day with two slices of seeded bread, toasted with a low fat cheese spread (yes, you can still eat cheese!). I did struggle to eat it as I’m not used to eating breakfast and some days I struggle to eat lunch but the dietician said that I needed to train my body to be able to eat three meals a day.

I had a small pot of pasta for lunch and an omlette with tomatos for dinner. Honestly, this low GI diet isn’t as bad as many think, especially if you like the food.

As expected with the first day of every new diet, I was starving by the evening but I still didn’t munch and made it through the day with new cravings.

The dietician gave me some notes which I will link you to below which is the recommended low GI diet:

NHS website

Leaflet

Wednesday

This was an easier day. Turns out I have more will power than I thought I did.  I only felt hungary around meal times and my digestive system is running more effectively than it used to.  I even spent some of my time making up fruit snack pots incase I needed a healthy snack. It was yummy!

The only issues that I’m having is the detoxing. My immune system has become a little weaker so I’ve managed to catch flu, the acne is horrendous and I have such a bad case of cloudy mind. The change in my hormones has without a doubt put my brain in a blender but itn will be like this for up to two weeks, just in time for me to go back to uni and my next period…

Thursday

I wanted to experiment with different snacks that I could make so I messaged some fellow cysters to help me out and they pointed me in the direction of pintrest for low gi recipes which lead me to my sugar free oat cookies and also a lot of flax seed recipes that I will experiment with later… I’m especially looking forward to the pancakes!

I also started looking for gyms close to my university… I figured if I’m going to dive into this diet, I might aswell jump in head first.

Friday

I had a walk up to my Gran’s to take the cookies up. I wanted her to try them as she has type 2 diabetes so it would be nice for her to have a treat that she is able to enjoy, guilt free! As luck would have it, she loved them. Apparently, I’ve surprised a lot of people with my culinary skills this week.

The evening was my biggest test… I had the offer of a takeaway from Pizza Dial and anyone who knows me, knows I can’t resist the chicken nugget meal from that place and yet I still ordered a grilled chicken wrap with no chips. I am on fire this week.

The tummy pains have started though, they are to be expected when starting a new diet though.

Saturday

Shopping day… we may have went a tad over-board but I descovered that keeping this diet up while on my student loan will be affordable… Aldi is a godsend ladies. I’m still getting tummy pains but I don’t bloat when I eat anymore. That evening me and my Auntie (who also has PCOS and has been loosely following the diet with me) had pasta while her foster son and partner had their unhealthy, carb loaded meal but we are feeling much better.

Sunday

The tummy pains were a little heftier but I’m still feeling the benefit of my food, I have gone from being the sleepy girl that you read about in memes on social media to a girl who can’t stop dancing in her bedroom.

It’s all in the food girls. It’s all in the food.

Chase your dreams…

Cristian Mihai

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing– and keeping the unknown always beyond you.” – Georgia O’Keefe

Why do I keep writing? Why do successful people keep at it? Why do billionaires don’t retire on tropical islands? Why doesn’t it all end when your dream comes true? Why doesn’t it come a time when there’s nothing left to wish for?

Because, simply put, it’s all a long, long journey. One word at a time, one step at a time, one little goal at a time. It’s all about becoming, not obtaining.

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