I started this blog in December 2016 after I collapsed with double pneumonia and a knee injury. My fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome became completely out of control and I couldn’t get out of bed for weeks. I started documenting my journey on Instagram and this blog as a way to help me focus on recovery and potentially help others going through similar things. I slowly built up my strength and made my way back to the kitchen whenever possible. I found that nutritious food and an anti-inflammatory way of eating were absolutely fundamental in my recovery.
I am delighted to say that after 20 years of symptoms I am now fully functioning back in the world! My symptoms are far more manageable and the constant agonising pain of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome has reduced. It took 8 months of hard work and I still continue with a daily routine of symptom management. I employ a combination of healthy eating, restorative movement, mindfulness and techniques that I learned in Toby Morrison’s online CFS recovery programme. I also developed my own protocol to help me get my life back and I want to share that to help anyone out there struggling. Seeking help and support to do this was key. More to come on that later – let’s talk about the food first! My favourite subject…
Eating an anti-inflammatory diet rich in vegetables and lean protein balanced with complex carbohydrates is key for me.
Would you like to try it yourself? Here is a simple and delicious recipe to get you started. I use shortcuts that help me make the most of limited energy towards the end of the day and I also batch cook in advance a lot so I have food ready to cook.
Prawns with courgetti and rice noodles – serves 2
1 tablespoon coconut Oil
½-1 teaspoon red Chilli Flakes (depends on how spicy you like it!)
½ teaspoon garlic Salt or 1 clove chopped garlic
2 courgettes spiralised or 1 packet pre-done courgetti*
Sesame Oil and Soy/Tamari to serve.
Heat the coconut oil. Add a teaspoon of red chilli flakes. Add garlic salt to the prawns before putting them in or add chopped garlic to the pan with the chilli flakes. I use one standard size packet of raw king prawns. 3 minutes is all they need on a hot pan and turn them halfway. Put them aside in a separate bowl.
I then use the pan I cooked the prawns in to cook the courgetti and rice noodles for about 2 minutes. It gives it yummy flavour.
To serve add 1 tablespoon sesame oil and some tamari (gluten free soy sauce).
A couple of tips:
* I use these http://www.amoy.co.uk/en/products/noodles/rice which are ready to go and don’t require soaking or pre-cooking. I use one packet between 2 and bulk it up with the courgetti.
** You can buy the courgetti pre-done in all supermarkets or you can do it yourself. If you have a spiralizer you can prepare the courgetti while the prawns cook. I use a handheld one and it is really handy and inexpensive to buy! Mine was £7. I have a tiny kitchen and no room for extra equipment.