I know the year is already a few weeks in but I’m a lazy thing so I don’t always get my butt in gear to write when I should. The start of any year is always a slightly anxious thing for me because it’s a year of emptiness. There are little to no plans ahead and so many days to fill. I panic when there aren’t rules or guidelines.
So I’m trying to focus on things I can do for myself. I’m taking up more crafting hobbies that I’ve always enjoyed and not making myself feel like a failure if I take a break from them. I’ve started knitting again and there’s a local festival for yarn-based activities in February that I’m keen to go to. Knitting is something I find rather soothing; it’s logical and methodical but at the same time creative and fun.
I’m still reading but keeping it at a reasonable speed so I don’t just read ALL THE THINGS and then can’t remember a word of them in a month’s time. Plus, I’m mixing up my reading habits by getting books from the library as well as things I received as gifts, reviewing or bought. A real blend of old and new and as many genres that tick the right boxes for me. I’ll be sticking to mini reviews and book round-ups as I find them easier to write and, quite honestly, I don’t think people really read big posts anymore.
I wish I knew what people wanted when they go to read a blog post. I want people who read, people who want to comment and engage but I’m lucky to get a few clicks on a link!
Health-wise, I’ve had my first visit with a nutritionist who is local to me and seeing what happens there. I think going gluten-free has done good things to me but I don’t want to keep doing it if it’s not necessary and I keep asking why I’m feeling better from it if the blood tests via the GP said I wasn’t coeliac. I might just have an intolerance but either way it’s good to know.
Sadly, this seems to mean also going dairy-free, sugar-free and fun-free, based on the nutritionist’s opinion. I just don’t get the whole sugar-free thing as I’m happy to reduce my sugar intake but wiping it out when I’ve not shown signs of problems with it seems rash. Plus, how can I know what is causing positive reactions if I’m wiping everything off the table?
I don’t think this experiment will last but she’s had good points about upping my water intake and adding more fibre and protein. I can do that but saying no to all things like bread, cakes, crisps, sweets no matter if they’re GF or homemade seems a bit too far for me. I think I’ll ration them instead.
Seems like 2018 is busier than I thought already. Hopefully there’ll be fun stuff in there too rather than just boring Sad Food posts and book reviews.