So. It’s been a while – I wasn’t planning this return, but stranger things have happened under the pressure of a looming deadline. Fully aware that this form of blogging died circa 2014-2015, I have decided to single handedly bring it back. Just kidding, this is more prompted by my need to send certain thoughts, rants and opinions into the void on the off chance that someone reads.
This return has been inspired by certain things that have happened in my life – for one moving to Brighton, which has been an adventure in itself. Living in Brighton has been a completely new experience, and it has occurred to me that I’m definitely missing out by not documenting some of the exciting, and bizarre, things that have happened since moving here. Between starting college, moving into a flat that doesn’t have a fully functioning kitchen and exploring the Lanes and Brighton’s abundance of coffee shops, let’s just say it’s been fairly eventful.
But let’s get serious for a moment – some of you may know that after going to Malta this Summer I ended up getting quite sick with a chronic dietary condition, suspected to be Low Stomach Acid. I was very sick in August, and I am still dealing with the repercussions. Moving out at the same time has been incredibly testing both mentally and physically, which I definitely wasn’t prepared for. Although I was never a complete beginner at cooking, I have become much more of an expert on what I can do with the few ingredients I am limited to and I’m here to pass my newfound wisdom to anyone dealing with the same type of thing and looking for motivation – or the rest of you who are just nosy.
Student living is infamously synonymous with many things – instant meals and takeaways, going out, drinking among some. These are all things that are definitely not compatible with recovery, so it’s quite the challenge to find a happy medium so I can keep recovering. It’s a common phrase that “your gut is your second brain”, but I never fully felt the effects of that until very recently, as chronic illness provides a set of mental issues to deal with as well as physically rejecting and not digesting a very large amount of foods.
I don’t want to be too hasty in saying this but it seems I’m nearly beginning to see the light, months later – at least enough that I can begin to document where I was a few months ago. I’m doing this in the hopes that someone who is where I was in August – scrolling through Pinterest every night looking for divine inspiration, people who had been through this and just hope in general – can find another friendly voice.
I can’t wait to begin the process of writing about this, but also general happenings in my life. Working on one project for the entire year has also left me with a desire to write something, anything, else before I get driven insane by characters of my own creation. Here’s to a steady stream of musings from a caffeine addicted, broke, film student.
I’ll be sticking around this time!
Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional, and I won’t be giving any medical advice – I’ll be sharing recipes, tips & ideas, as well as general insight into my experience but if you do suspect you have a chronic dietary illness please make sure you go to a professional qualified to give you the help you need!