Paleo-Ketogenic Breakfast and Snack Ideas

Paleo-keto Breakfast and Snacks BLOG

Some of the most common questions I get asked when people are considering the ketogenic diet is "What can I have for breakfast?" and "Which snacks can I eat?".

I have compiled a list of breakfast and snack ideas which I have enjoyed since I made my transition to Keto at the start of 2017. I hope these will inspire you.

You might notice, though, that after a while on this diet you will no longer be hungry in the morning and will be able to start fasting overnight like I do. Keto has certainly cured my munchies, I no longer need to eat every couple of hours like I used to and fast daily for 14 to 16 hours.

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Getting To Know The Me Behind The Illness

Getting to know me tag, BLOG

I've been nominated to take part in the blogging tag game "Me Behind The Illness". I think it is a great way to remind ourselves and others that we are not only our illness, but there is so much more to each of us. 

I've thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone's answers to these questions and can't wait to compile mine! Since it is about me behind the illness/without the illness, I will focus on answering the questions as though I didn't have any condition that governs my activity levels, physical and cognitive function or diet. 

This is a look at healthy Char - who I am without severe ME/CFS.

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How I overcome insomnia

How I overcame insomnia BLOG

When I first got ME/CFS, I was so utterly exhausted, I slept many hours a day and I slept at night too.

Later I was introduced to one of ME's most horrible symptoms: insomnia. It's quite ironic that people think we sleep all day when really we're just utterly exhausted, mentally and physically drained, but unable to sleep, especially at night.

I found myself nodding off in the day, trying hard to stay awake, and then at night when it's finally okay to go to sleep, my body and mind are wide awake and in no mood for rest, buzzing and restless, despite still feeling utterly wrecked.

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A Day in The Life of ME

A day in the life of ME BLOG

It might surprise you how often people with chronic illness are asked what they do with all the free time they have at home. I think many healthy people have no idea how difficult it is to deal with unrelenting symptoms on a daily basis. I hope to shed some light on this by sharing with you what a day in the life of severe ME is like.

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ME/CFS Awareness, 24 Jan 2018

ME Awareness Hour Recap BLOG

Every Wednesday the ME community comes together on Twitter to raise awareness of this debilitating chronic illness. We share recent media coverage, research news, our personal experiences and more. Making new connections and supporting each other. 

I will post the graphics I shared during the last ME Awareness Hour below. I hope this will help you understand what life is like with ME/CFS. If you have learned something new or find this post might be helpful in any way, please share it or download the images to share on social media and help raise awareness.

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Reflecting, Aiming, Expanding, Focusing, Refreshing

Jan 2018 Reflecting Aiming Expanding Focusing Refreshing BLOG

I'm so happy to finally be taking part in A Chronic Voice's monthly link-up! I have been silently following along from the shadows for months, then last month I finally wrote the post, but of course I waited till the very last day and actually missed the deadline by 4 hours because Sheryl works on Singapore time. 

This time I'm doing a bit better, I am writing this post with 6 days to spare. Wow, I must say I am impressed with myself. I am trying hard to get into a good and productive as can be routine, but before I delve into all that, here are this month's prompts:

  1. Reflecting (on the year that's passed)
  2. Aiming (to get out more)
  3. Expanding (my social media presence)
  4. Focusing (on making more art)
  5. Refreshing (my soul)
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Throwback to the day I got my wheelchair

Using a wheelchair is liberating BLOG

A year ago today I got my wheelchair! I was almost completely bedridden at the time. Walking just a few steps every hour or two just to keep circulation and muscles alive was a chore.

As a family we were house-sitting in the Lake District at the time. It was a long term arrangement, so was kind of our home away from home, but I had been confined to an upstairs bedroom and was unable to get out to see the countryside around me.

I would enjoy, for a few minutes, watching the birds at the feeders outside my window and the gorgeous orchids that adorned every windowsill. Although it was a freezing cold winter, I longed to go out and explore.

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