Appreciating My Abilities When Coping With Disabilities

Hi lovely people! 💙

This post is basically a little pat on the back to myself and a lesson in believing in my ABILITIES, rather than focusing on my disabilities.

1) I always wanted a laptop with skateboard/band/creepy cute stickers on.

Being Dyspraxic (so having little spacial-awareness and very sporadic coordination) I always assumed I’d arse it up. That really wasn’t an option as my MacBook was a very generous present from the person I loved so I didn’t want it to look shite.

Considering this project has evolved over eight years, I think I’ve done an amazing job and it looks cool, rather crowded or having random gaps etc.

2) I’ve also created and managed a successful green/alternative lifestyle blog for this amount of time too. I’ve stopped doing reviews of gifted items and attending press events due to my health probs BUT it still gets a lot of views, likes and some comments, meaning I’m still coming up with engaging content. I’m also writing in my own unique (slightly bonkers) voice, which I think has helped the longevity of this blog too.

I never would I have thought that I’d be able to keep ANYTHINg going for that long, and of any consistent quality, because of ADHD and Dyspraxia (not even counting the chronic fatigue from having Dyspraxia and Hypermobilty Syndrome) and yet, I have.

Yay me! 💃🏽

Just shows you that giving things a go might actually work out, and if not, well at least you know now, rather than always wondering.

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

Trying ‘What the Pitta’ for the First Time

Hello lovely people!

Today I’ve tried the Chickn Gyros Pitta (which includes chips and salad) and Baklava for dessert from What the Pitta.

Okay, I know this looks like it’s been dropped but it was only folded loosely and upon picking it up, my lack of co-ordination (because I’m Dyspraxic) did not help with that 😆

I really wanted to like this but I found the chickn to be a little too sweet. There was a dire lack of Tsziki dressing, which I was really disappointed by. I ended up adding lots of mayo and some gherkins instead, as it was the best I could do.

The Baklava was the best I have ever eaten, anywhere, which was a wonderful surprise!

Rating 💙💙💙

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

Basic List Of Ingredients to Replicate Takeaway Favourites at Home

Hello lovely people! ✨💙✨

As you probably know I ‘don’t do cooking’ because Im too neurodiverse to function…in the kitchen for very long. So every ingredient here is incredibly simple to ‘cook’ and combine to make something tasty.

Everything here is dairy and gluten free apart from Amy’s Kitchen Rice Mac and Cheese which has dairy.

Dirty Nachos

Manosmasa Tortillas or any wholegrain Nachos

Vivera Greek Style Kebab strips

Tesco Smashed Avocado

Mexicana Jalepeno Cheese or a cheddar substitute

Pret Spicy Tomato Sauce or Salsa

Pad Thai Style Noodles

Rice Noodles

Kikkoman Tamari (gf soy sauce)

Sesame Oil

Salted Roasted Peanuts (not shown) to be crushed up on top

Sririacha Sauce (not shown)

Mixed Frozen Veg

Fresh Spring Onion (not shown)

Wicked Kitchen Garlic & Herb Nooch (nutritional yeast) just a sprinkle

Stacked Burger

Genius Bread/Buns/Muffins

This Bacon

Vivera Greek Kebab Strips

Vegan Cheese of your choice

Smashed Avocado

Pret Spicy Tomato Sauce

Satay Sauce Noodles

Rice Noodles

Mixed Frozen Veg

Tamari Sauce (gf soy sauce)

Meridian Peanut Butter

Sririacha Sauce

Amys Kitchen Rice Mac n’ Cheese Ready Meal

I’ve bought great gluten free pasta but I find making dairy-free cheese sauce (that I actually like) so faffy! I’m going to try using vegan cream cheese or vegan mayo instead with rice milk and nutrional yeast. Wish me luck!

I hope you’ve found this basic list of ingredients for takeaway favourites helpful. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

What Does Someone Who is Plant Based and Gluten-free Actually Eat?! A Look Inside my Fridge and Cupboard

Hello lovely people! ✨💙✨

Even if you have a vegetarian, gluten-free and/or dairy-free diet (mine is for ethical and food intolerance reasons), there are still so many things you can eat! So I thought I’d share my tiny fridge and stupidly large cupboard with you.

Top (left to right) Nairn’s Whole Grain (gf) Crackers, Momasa Lemon and Peppercorn tortilla chips, Biona Fruit Bears, Kind Dark Choc, Nuts & Sea Salt, Pulsin Brownie Peanut & Choc Chip.

Middle Asda Sesame Oil, Felippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Wicked Kitchen Garlic and Herb Nooch (nutritional yeast which gives things a cheesy taste like mild Parmesan), Nice and Easy Cheese Flavour Sauce Mix, Amy’s Kitchen Tomato Soup, Amy’s Kitchen Lentil Soup, Amoy Rice Noodles.

Bottom Kikkoman Gluten Free Soy Sauce, Le Conserve Detla Nonna Green (vegan) Pesto, Nice and Easy Chickpea and Vegetable Curry, Garlic cloves (I prefer garlic purée in a tube lol), Tilda Microwave Mushroom Rice, Morrison’s Hot Paprika, Ground Black Pepper.

Top shelf Vitalite spread, Clover spread (my Dad’s), mushrooms, gluten free Peroni, radishes.

Middle shelf Olives, bananas (no idea ?!), more beer, guacamole, humus, halloumi (the blokes), Vivera kebab strips.

Bottom shelf Always some kind of energy drink, cranberry and apple sauce, jars of antipasti, spring onions, bell (sweet) pepper.

In the door Fresh orange and mango juice, eye gel (so cooling!), Mayo, sriracha, chilli oil.

Nearly every item here was bought from either Asda, Morrison’s or Tesco but the dairy free guacamole was from Ocado (as I don’t have the time and energy to make it myself).

I hope this post helps to make any transitions in your diet and/or lifestyle a little easier!

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

The Best Gluten Free Pizza in Manchester

Hello lovely people ✨💙✨

I’m so glad I’ve come across Ask Italian, a nationwide restaurant chain that has wonderful vegetarian options, a gluten-free pizza and pasta menu, plus a vegan menu.

This is their Non-Gluten Verdure pizza, with mushroom, red pepper, black olives, artichoke, mozzarella and basil (£9.95) You can add any extra topping and a spicy tomato dip to your order for around a quid each.

This has to be the best gluten-free base that I’ve ever tasted. It’s thin, floppy but still slightly crispy, like a traditional Italian base. It doesn’t have that thick, flowery texture that gf takeaway bases have.

Ask Italian, One Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RG

0161 236 6600

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

Disability Pride Month & Buying My First Wheelchair

Hello lovely people!

It’s Disability Pride Month Which, I have to admit, I’ve only just discovered! I’m not ‘proud’ to be disabled but I’m certainly not ashamed or awkward about it either. I am proud of how I’ve learned to deal with being Dyspraxic and and having Hypermobilty Syndrome over the past 40 years (with an astounding amount of ignorance and attitudes bordering on ableism from Dr’s).

Here is the awesome super lightweight, fold-up chair (even the back folds down) which I bought for car travel. It’s sparkly electric blue ✨💙✨

To be independent I need to be given an electric wheelchair. Because of my disabilities I have muscle weakness and chronic fatigue, so the GP gave me a self propelled chair which I’m unable to use BECAUSE OF MY DISABILITIES. How’s that for sick irony? Apparently this is ‘a very common mistake if it’s a GP who’s made the referral’ the man told me as he was delivering it and taking it away again.

I’m having another phone consultation with a GP on Tuesday and (after arranging this myself) I’m being properly assessed by a Physio from Social Services Neuro Team soon. I must mention that Manchester and Thameside Social Services have been more understanding, knowledgable, kind and professional over my disabilities in just four months, than most Dr’s have been in four decades!

✨✨💙Chrissie💙✨✨

My Tiny Urban Garden

Hello lovely people!

This is how my tiny backyard looks at the moment.

I’m chuffed to bits that these are all still alive and thriving, several weeks after planting. I’m doing my best to water but not over-water them. Difficult when I’m only awake for around twelve hours a day so I don’t know how sunny or shaded it’s been earlier on.

Any tips, greatly appreciated!

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

How Depression Crept Up on Me and Advice

This time two years ago I posted the photo below to Instagram and said I was having a girly-night to myself and made it sound so positive.

What I didn’t say was that I’d had to go on Just Eat to find somewhere local which sold food and beer/wine because it felt like an overwhelming physical AND mental impossibility to go to the local shops. I was so hungry and really needed something to cheer myself up too.

I’d gotten into the habit of not getting (dragging myself) out of bed until 4.00pm (sadly after it had gone dark) so I hadn’t seen daylight for five days. I’d stopped being bothered to get dressed or comb my wildly frizzy hair or to tidy up.

The bloke had to be elsewhere and he was so stressed and busy he really needed to get on with it and I was trying to be as supportive as poss. But I was on my own all week, until weekend and felt really lonely. But I also felt guilty and silly bothering him.

I realise looking back that the Depression had crept back but at the time I was kidding myself that I was having fun enjoying not having any responsibilities or structure.

Ironically that is exactly what helps me, as it stops the endless days and nights all blending together. Plus someone to bounce my thoughts off so they aren’t swimming around in my head and growing more negative and repetitive is vital for me.

I wish I’d put an honest caption on Insta about how I was feeling at the time or told my Dad or my bloke how I felt. BUT I’d been fighting for decades to have my disabilities and chronic illness recognised and to get on ESA benefit so I could rest at home all day. I felt guilty that I wasn’t now happy and thought I must be being ungrateful or overly-dramatic. But actually, when you can’t or aren’t doing much, whole days and nights alone can seem like an eternity.

After doing this on repeat for about a month (literally just living for the weekend when my bloke would be able to come back basically) I phoned him in floods of tears.

We talked for an hour and worked out a better way of doing things and it made a vast amount of difference to my mental health.

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There isn’t always a reason though. Sometimes clinical depression can hit you for no reason at all and that’s perfectly normal, not your fault and just as valid.

If you are feeling crappy or apathetic to stuff you normally love doing or are struggling to keep your head above water, please don’t fool yourself you are ‘fine’. Admit to yourself that you aren’t feeling okay and then tell someone else, even if it’s just one other person (i.e. a considerate family member, a friend, an empathetic friend of a friend or your GP for instance) IRL or online.

You don’t have to be fine all of the time and forcing yourself to try can do more damage than good. Being open and honest about your feelings can lift a huge weight.

It’s ok not to be ok 🙃

✨✨🖤Chrissie🖤✨✨

Really Easy Way to Make: Dairy-free, Gluten-free Mac n’ Cheese

Hi lovely people!

I was having a very Dyspraxic day (knocking everything over/dropping everything/getting stuff tangled up/bumping into stuff/tripping up/behaving more drunk than when I’m actually drunk!) so upon arrival to his flat, my Bloke surprised me with (gluten free, dairy free) Mac n’ Cheese to cheer me up.

Ingredients:

Any own brand Free-From (gf) Pasta

@freeandeasyfoods (df) Cheese Flavour Sauce

Rice or Oat Milk

1 heaped tbl spn Nutritional Yeast

A pinch of Garlic salt and Pepper

Nommm 😋

✨✨🖤Chrissie🖤✨✨

Kawaii-Grunge Outfit

I’m going to be 40 in 4 months so naturally I’m doing the adult thing and wearing this type of kawaii-goth style I used to wear all of the time in my early 20’s – early 30’s hehee!

Hot Pink Hoops – Claire’s

Hatsu Miku tee – EMP

Arm warmers – Forage Design

Leggings – EMP

Wedge trainers – Koi Footwear

🖤💖💙Chrissie💙💖🖤