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How gluten intolerance gave me the health kick I needed

I’ve become a bit of a health freak recently after I discovered that I am slightly intolerant to gluten. Because of this I have started eating a lot more fruit and veg as well as drinking 2 litre bottles of water a day . A few months ago I used to live off pasta and bread, and couldn’t understand why I constantly had stomach pains. As a student these were the cheapest foods to eat as well as pizza and to be honest I never really cared about nutrition. I used to put everything else before eating such as studying, going out and working at my night job, and would much rather spend my money on alcohol and clothes. However this obviously began to take its toll (as well as the growing intolerance to gluten) and I finally had to see a doctor. It turned out that not only had I developed a gluten intolerance but I also had anemia. Although the low iron count wasn’t due to my diet it did give me a wake up call and made me realise that I needed to improve my diet.

As I couldn’t eat the same things that I used to, I decided to substitute pasta with rice. But instead of bunging it in a pan and throwing on some sauce from a jar like I did with pasta, I decided to add lots of vegetables instead and make my own sauce from scratch. Just doing this alone meant I was eating healthier than I did before. Preparing food from scratch also gave me a kind of buzz and I decided that this was how I wanted to eat from then on.

Around this time I also discovered the body coach Joe Wicks on instagram and fell in love with his cheeky humour and great recipes. So far I have only made one of his dishes but it has become my favourite lunch to make; it is a fried egg cooked in a pan of coconut oil with sweet potato, red onion, spring onion, red pepper, mange tout and chorizo. It’s so simple and so much healthier then a egg and bacon sarnie.

I’ve also started attending an exercise class every week; legs, bums and tums, as well as partaking in the squat challenge. I only started this healthier lifestyle about 3 weeks ago but already I can feel the difference! I definitely enjoy eating and cooking more as well as having more energy to actually go out and enjoy myself. I know I’m not totally healthy at the moment but I’m hoping over time I will learn more and more about nutrition and how to look after my body properly.
Here’s to a better future!

The first time I made the body coach dish using bacon instead of chorizo (student funds!)


SHERLOCK’S FANGIRLS – Too many feels? (The Sign of Three Review)

I have just finished watching ‘Sherlock’ on BBC One and for once I feel so strongly on the programme, that I felt it was necessary to blog about. After watching this new episode (The 2nd in the series) I have come to the conclusion that it is now solely aimed at TUMBLR FANGIRLS. Let me explain;

The first two series of ‘Sherlock’ were brilliant. They were full of drama, wit and genuine mystery. However, since returning to our screens after a 2 year break I feel that the show is…different somehow.
As we know, the ‘Tumblr’ culture is growing ever stronger amongst teenagers (mostly female), causing the increase of so called ‘Fangirl’ population. In fact, ‘Fangirl’ is such a huge part in our society, it even has it’s own entry in the dictionary;


‘Sherlock’ has a vast fanbase on Tumblr, where many Gifs and Fanfiction on the show are posted.
I feel that the last two episodes in this series, seemed to be aimed more towards the Fangirls then the rest of its audience, take tonight’s episode for example. John Watson appoints Sherlock as his Best Man for his Wedding, where follows a rather uncharacteristically soppy speech from Sherlock. Ok fine, even Sherlock the “High Functioning Sociopath” is allowed to get soppy at his best friends wedding, but surely that’s no excuse for the rest of his behaviour. For example, dancing, flirting with the bridesmaid, looking up napkin tutorials on Youtube! I love ‘Sherlock’ I really do, and I love what Moffat and Gatiss have done to bring it into the 21st Century, but this new series feels like just one big nod to the Fangirls. I genuinely felt like I was watching a Fanfiction being played out in front of me as opposed to a real episode. It lacked drama, suspense, even the usual dark colour palette was replaced with a bright yellow.

Episode One was no better; showing us fan theories of Sherlock’s fake suicide instead of how he actually did it. They even included a personification of Tumblr when they showed a particular theory in which Sherlock and Moriarty lean in for a kiss. (Of course that was made into a Gif seconds after the show)
I looked at my Twitter homepage straight after the show, which was of course bombarded with tweets like “OMG I’M CRYING TOO MANY FEELS” and “THEY HUGGED OH SHIT NO FUCK THIS IM DONE” to name just a few. And I couldn’t help imagining Moffat and Gatiss leaning back on their chairs and thinking “Yep, our work here is done.”
There were even more homosexual undertones than usual, in fact there were so many they weren’t really undertones at all. There was the knee touching, numerous hugs, sleeping arm in arm on the stairs etc etc. It was screaming out to be ‘Gifed’.
I do still love ‘Sherlock’ and think it’s still well written. However I just feel that this series is aimed at Fangirls rather than genuine fans of the show, who watch for the gripping plots and cinematography, not just for the ‘Johnlock feels’.

It’s been a while but here we are: Uglies



It’s been a while WordPress since I’ve posted and for that I apologize. What with A Level exams and going to Amsterdam I’ve hardly had the time! (A poor excuse I’m aware) however I’m back and ready to start blogging again.

So I begin with the first of three books I’ve read since finishing exams; Uglies by Scott Westerfield.

I was always aware that this was a teen book or “young adult novel” which this genre is often labelled as, however I was in no way prepared for the childish and slightly patronizing writing style. In theory the idea of the plot was a good one; set in the future where an operation to become ‘beautiful’ is compulsory for those turning 16, with a group of rebels refusing to join in with social normality. But I feel that the writing was just too obviously written for young teenagers. Though impressed that the (male) writer captured the speech and mannerisms of a 16 year old girl, I feel that it just wasn’t mature enough to count as a “young adult novel”.
Some parts were exciting and I appreciated the concept of the future society’s obsession with beauty, but the romance between the protagonist Tally and the infamous David was just too obvious and cliché. 

All in all not a bad book but would have preferred it a lot more 5 or so years ago. 2/5


In Memory: A bitter-sweet note

This isn’t something I would usually blog about or to be honest talk about, but I feel that it would be good for me to express myself, even if it’s a hard thing to do.

Today marks the first anniversary of my Granddad’s passing. He wasn’t that old; 74, but he had a great life. Not long ago I found out that he had been a professional footballer in his youth, along with many other great things.The thing about my granddad, was that he loved history. Every time I saw him he would talk about the war, or about a historical book he was reading. We would spend hours on his golden armchair talking about the things I was studying in my history lessons! I remember one time, he took me to an air-raid shelter in Brighton that he had used as a child, which was not only one of the most eye-opening experiences I’ve ever had, but the closest I had ever felt to my Granddad.

Something else my granddad taught me, was to love books. To be honest I think he’s the reason for my love of literature. When I was quite young (about 8 or 9) he introduced me to The Famous Five books. I think they were the first books series I ever read, outside of Harry Potter. I have fond memories of sitting in his garden, in the sunshine, reading The Famous Five for hours on end. I loved them! I had them on story tapes and even the computer game (which to this day is still great).

I would say that my Granddad inspired my love of books, with his bedtime stories when I stayed over, and his home-made story tapes. He was truly great at making up stories! My favourite is still the story of the snowman, who threw a gigantic tea party for the neighbourhood.

So basically, I would like to dedicate this blog post to my Granddad, who is a true inspiration to all his grandchildren. May his memory and his stories live on for all eternity.

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The science of deduction


It’s been a while since I last posted, due to all the crazy A2 exam and results hype, but thankfully that’s over for a while.

Last night I finished Sherlock Holmes: Hound of the Baskervilles. I must say for my first Sherlock Holmes novel, I was impressed. The language wasn’t as Victorian and hard to swallow as I thought, meaning that I could easily follow the story without having to look up complicated words in the dictionary.

I loved the supernatural element within the story, with the mysterious hound stalking the moor.Though I have to say, I was suspicious of the Stapleton’s from the start…The whole ‘naturalist’ vibe was giving me the creeps.
I also thought the narration from Watson was good, as it gave a newbies perspective to the case. I was actually really impressed with the story and I never would have guessed that the Stapleton’s were husband and wife! I thought that the story was full of twists and turns, and the criminal on the moor really stirred things up!

All in all, I thought it was a great book and a great start to the Sherlock series, with a gripping story to keep you guessing till the end. I will definitely be reading more Sherlock books in the future! 4.5/5