It’s been a really rotten month. I’ve been unwell from the 1st day of the month and am still taking it really gently. I’ve never been so poorly for so long. I haven’t been on antibiotics for years, or to the GP so many times in one period. I might count up how many painkillers I’ve taken, as it kind of interests my warped brain. Is that madly strange?
My microbiome must be grey like dead coral now.
In case you’re interested…
The gut microbiome plays a very important role in your health by helping control digestion and benefiting your immune system and many other aspects of health. Healthline.com
If you want to know more about gut health, then I recommend reading articles and books written by Tim Spector. I’m reading his Diet Myth book at the moment. He’s got a podcast and has guested on others’ too. Do a name search in your podcast provider library if you’re curious.
Aiming to eat a minimum of 30 different plants a week seems to be a good goal towards a healthy microbiome. Some weeks it’s far more I find. I’ve always enjoyed vegetables and eat lots more beans and lentils now. I’ve kept a tally of how many plants I eat each week. Sometimes written as a nerdy list, or I just keep it in mind. It’s quite gratifying.
These 30 plants include: fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes. I also include sourdough if I eat any of the bread I make as it’s a fermented yeast culture, and is really good for the gut.
A legume is a plant with a pod, with an edible seed, eg: beans, peas, lentils. I checked that a while back as I couldn’t remember the definition.
That was a completely unplanned segue into gut health. But I find it all very interesting.
Anyway, yesterday was my first day without antibiotics, taking any painkillers – yay yay yay! – or feeling like an old lady tottering about. But I’ve still got my old friend tinnitus visiting and am experiencing some balance issues. I’m hoping they’ll fade away soon.
To celebrate feeling more like myself I carefully cooked a sausage and bean casserole for dinner. Yesterday it felt like autumn for the first time. It had hammered with rain all day, and by the evening felt much cooler than it has for a while. The heating’s still not on, but I don’t think it will be long. Have you made the transition to more autumn comfort food yet? Is your heating on? Or, are you heading into spring where you are now?
I’ve got massses of links to add to a September Taking Stock post, since I’ve read lots of books and listened to some podcasts. Plus I’ve started a brand-new audiobook in the last few days, since I’ve been able to tolerate more noise.
I’m still not listening to music really, as the frequencies seem to be too much for now. So I’m ignoring Spotify’s appeals for me to come back for £9.99 for three months. I did jump at an Audible offer of 3 months membership for £3.99. I’ve been a member for 10 years on and off, and fancied trying their new package. Membership now includes unlimited free in-house podcasts and certain books. I wish this was a sponsored post. Hello Audible!?! Ha!
Instagram has been absolutely fabulous for company, distraction, inspiration and entertainment. I had to lie down for hour long periods every day and became addicted to watching people’s stories on there! Friends and contacts have been so kind, asking how I am and responding to my chatty comments. Social media can be so lovely. A real force for good.
The tomatoes are ripening. We have bowls of them in sunny (well, some days) windowsills around the house. They’re absolutely delicious! A little taste of summer in early autumn. Love the flavour of the little orange Sungolds. Will definitely grow those again.
I’m trying these hexagons. I’m undoing the granny square as I crochet them. I don’t need it for my Coast Blanket. The colourway just didn’t fit with the other shades particularly well.
I reckon the hexagons with the solid colour centres look better, less confusing, to the eye. So I’m trying to start them with lengths of the same colour, without wasting too much yarn.
You know when you feel unsure about how many things you’ve got on the go? I’ve sorted out my projects and have written a proper list. Organised dot com. Three is the magic number. I have three knits to finish. (One of them is the infamous sock. I’d love to finish it as I suspect I could become a very keen sock knitter, but it might never happen. Long time readers will know why…) I also have three crochet things on the go.
Also, there is a bag of various what-I’m-calling yarn doodles. Yarn doodling happens on days when I fancy just playing around, and may not necessarily end up being anything. Bet you’ve got them too? It’s all those odd motifs and scrappy playful bits of things that you then put down and don’t necessarily continue. I’m keeping them, since some of them could turn into scrappy blankets to gift, or give away to charities like Knit for Peace. The above hexagons are in that category so far.
And finally, I have to show you these lovely pics my friend sent:
I’ll be back with a Taking Stock soon.
Hope your September has been a good one, tell me what you’ve been up to? Especially what are you cooking and eating?
Sorry to hear about your health issues. Hope you recover quickly. I am resisting the temptation to turn on the heating with jumpers and blankets but the weather is so changeable. Today I don’t need a jumper. I don’t really male a lot of difference in what I eat between summer and winter but I am finally going to use up some of the frozen chestnut I bought last Christmas and make a delicious nut roast that I have a recipe for.
Thank you Jane.
I’ve had the fire on for the last few nights, but not turned on the CH quite yet. It won’t be long I feel!
I’ve been meaning to make Nut Roast for years. My cousin says that and stuffed peppers were all that was ever offered in the 80s. Now the world’s her oyster (well, maybe not the best expression?!) with all the veggies / vegan options too.
That’s a long time to be feeling so crummy, I’m sorry to hear it. Glad you’re on the mend now! The hexagons are coming along nicely, I can see you’re enjoying making them ;)
Thanks Jill. Taking it slowly still, but I’ll get there.
I was loving it! The variegated wool mix yarn keeps it interesting. But as usual I overdid it and so none for a while now. Gah!
Enjoyed your Blog. Am I inspired to add more variety of vegetables to my diet – I tend to stick to the familiar few. Hope you continue to feel better. My crochet has been temporarily set aside while I embroider a cover for photo album for my son’s birthday. I always have too many projects on the go!
It’s much more than veg, if you reread the list. But if you’re well and healthy you’re probably doing all the right things already.
I bet many of us can relate! All of us in fact?
So sorry that you have been poorly and ”under the doctor” as the expression goes. Hopefully all those veggies will do wonders for your health. Love the hexies so pretty. I made green tomato chutney on Tuesday, sure sign that Summer has finished. I have Hive thingy for the heating, no idea what to do it has a mind of its own. One more thing to fettle. Stay warm, it looks rather grotty outside today.
I’ve emailed you x
hope you feel better soon.
Sorry to hear you have had such a miserable September. Hope October is kinder to you. Dear little cutie pies on the beautiful wave blanket 😊😊
Thank you very much.
Aren’t they gorgeous? Winnie is such a character now, her exploits often make me laugh