Inclusive eating at Christmas – it is possible after all! Continue reading Inclusivity at Christmas
Do you ever have that thought in your head that won’t go away? Like an itch you’ve got to scratch. A niggling thought that, over time (and countless episodes of staring out the window in a daydream) evolves into an all consuming ‘thing’ that you need to do ‘something’ about – but you’re not sure what? I feel like that about the ‘Coeliac Awareness’ afternoon … Continue reading ‘Food For All At School’ or is it just a daydream?
Tuesday 25th September 2018. A year since Peggys diagnosis of Coeliac Disease. I’ve been thinking about a lot of things recently (mainly cake thanks to GBBO) but also reflecting upon how much the food landscape has changed in the past 12 months since diagnosis. The free-from aisles seem longer, restaurant menus have gluten-free options (and sometimes more than one!), gluten-free recipes pop up in my … Continue reading Gluten-free for a week
- 4 Parties
- 4 National Trust visits (#gettingourmoneysworth)
- 1 Wedding Anniversary
1 Cinema Trip
- 3 Camping Trips
- 1 Hospital Visit
- 2 Beach Days
- 1 Birthday
- 8 Shooting Stars
- 4 Bike Rides
- 2 Visits from the Tooth Fairy
- 25 (approx.) Ice Lollies
- Countless picnics
- Endless fun………….
Summer 2018 – it’s been a blast!
But the thing that Summer 2018 will be remembered for most of all, will be the time we were invited to be involved in Asda’s ‘Inclusivity Project!’ Turns out my ramblings about Peggy and Chris’ dietary needs sparked some interest at ASDA HQ, and when we learnt about its initiative to encourage a more inclusive food landscape for the individuals and families living with dietary needs
like ours, it was a no brainer – we wanted to be involved! The language which surrounds coeliac disease (and most dietary needs) can be quite terrifying and strike the fear of God into us (and inevitably results in people being too afraid to cater for coeliacs out of fear they might do something disastrous). To have the opportunity to talk about ways to avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen, showcase our favourite products, recommend our family’s ‘go-to’ free-from recipes, how to handle parties and school is amazing if it means we might help others in a similar position to ours. We hope it’s a big step towards educating the nation to understand dietary needs and intolerances, being brave enough to cater for those people in their lives with conditions like coeliac disease.
Being part of Asda’s ‘Inclusivity Project’ couldn’t have come at a more fitting time – back to school
time is an emotional one for many reasons. Whether you’re in the ‘Thank Christ That’s Over’ or ‘I Can’t Bear For It To Be Over’ Summer holiday camp it can be filled with anxiety. None more so than for the parents of a child with dietary needs like coeliac disease. It means preparing to let go of the control and responsibility of feeding your little (or big!) one and ‘handing them over’ to school, trusting that they’ll provide a safe environment (in both the dinner hall and classroom) which can create a feeling of unease and nervousness. This is even more unnerving if your child is transitioning up into a new nursery, school or college.
July 2013 we went to ‘Span-Ugal’ (flew into Portugal and transferred over to a resort in Sothern Spain). Our first family holiday abroad. Bearing in mind that me and Chris met in August 2010 and Peggy was born in March 2012, we hadn’t had a holiday abroad as a couple either so this was new territory. I believed (stupidly) that having a baby would … Continue reading How To Holiday with a Crohns Warrior and Little Coeliac
It’s finally here. After counting down the sleeps the Summer holidays are in sniffing distance. Year 1 will be remembered for being the year she lost her first tooth, learnt to tell the time, was ‘Narrator 11’ in the nativity, discovered ‘Horrid Henry’ books had words like ‘Bogey’ and ‘Poo’ in them (so started to read herself to sleep at night), wrote her first story, … Continue reading Little Coeliacs at School
I love food. I love new tastes, textures, combinations of flavours, restaurants, cafes, Deli’s, local produce and foods from around the world. But what I love most are the social interactions that happen around food. Memories from childhood are scattered with events and activities in which (1984) food features; birthday parties with cheese and pineapples on sticks, the time we went to France and Dad … Continue reading 5 Tips to Avoid Cross Contamination
To; The Man at the Cake Stall It’s not your fault. You didn’t know the conversation I’d had with her on the 20 second walk from the coconut shy to the cake marquee. Peg; “Mummy, can I have a cake?” Me; “Well, theres every chance they won’t have a gluten free cake here love” cue frantic glance around the remaining stalls hoping … Continue reading To; The Man at the Cake Stall
Dear Peggy Today you are 6 years, 2 months and 23 days old. You have long legs, mousey brown hair (with flashes of blond from the sunshine), have a scar on your forehead from a sugar induced, high speed, head on collision with a cupboard at a party and have blue eyes which are the same colour as ‘Forget-Me-Nots’ (I had to google ‘light … Continue reading Gluten Free in 2038
Top of Snowdon (2011) I always cringe when people ask how Chris and I met. What I want to say is that our eyes met across a smoky, packed out dance floor and our aura’s connected in an event planned out for us in our destiny. The fact is it was on Match.com! Yep, the unromantic fact of the matter … Continue reading ‘Tea’ – Total (y)