Cooking with Scarlett

Hi everyone,
I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the weather whoever you are. 

Today’s blog is going to be about how you can amend recipes to suit your dietary needs. I am experiencing a lot of problems with my stomach and my diet, they aren’t sure what it is yet so I am having to amend tings that I love to eat to fit in with my needs. 

I am currently Lactose free, I can’t put anything with normal milk in it near my body or it makes me really poorly, I also for some strange reason cannot eat anything tomato based as it has the same impact on my body. I now cook a lot of food myself instead of buying and eating ready made things to put in the freezer. 

My top favourite recipe is Breaded chicken wraps, this is mine and Ross’ typical Friday night dinner I’ll leave the recipe here if you want to try it: 

-Chicken breast or strips

-Egg

-Breadcrumbs (I use Gluten free ones from Tesco) 

-Spices of your choice (I use the Schwartz Fajita spices and the Garlic and Parsley)

-Oil

-Wraps

-Salad (optional).

So step one is either cut the chicken into little chunks or into strips whichever you prefer, then one by one dip them in egg, then into the bread crumb spice mix. Once coated once repeat again (the double dipping helps to make it crispier) 
Next step, put some oil into a pan and then put the chicken in and all you want to do is make sure the bread crumbs are golden and then remove the chicken and place onto an oven tray. Once you ave done this for all of the pieces place them into an oven at around 200 degrees and cook the chicken in the oven for around 10 minutes or until cooked through. 

Then once done put into wraps with your favourite sauces and some salad on top. Nice easy dinner to make and also fun if you have little kids who like to cook as well. It’s super tasty and completely free from lactose, if you wanted to make it gluten free as well just substitute normal tortilla wraps to gluten free ones. 

I have also made gluten and lactose free brownies for people at work and they also went down a treat, it’s all about knowing where to look online and also just taking a normal recipe and amending it to suit your needs. 

I am going to sign off here, I know it was a short one today but I want to leave space open to write more posts about recipes that I love to cook. If you try this out let me know what you think of them and I’d love to see pictures too! 

Signing off for now,

Scarlett x 

The ugly truth 

Hi everyone,
Sorry this blog is late I will explain why down below. I am trying to keep these blogs as upbeat as possible to show that even with all of these conditions you can still enjoy life and the things you love doing. 

However this blog is going to show some of the worst symptoms that I endure and why it is hard to always make light of it. So as part of these conditions I have problems with my stomach as well, so I can’t eat certain foods without becoming really poorly. I ended up having to go to hospital on Friday night due to something to do with my stomach (I won’t go into the gory details as they are not really necessary) anyway I ended up having to call 111 for advice and then had to go to the hospital to get checked out. 

As per usual they couldn’t find anything wrong upon initial investigation this tends to be what always happens with GP’s and hospitals (all three of my conditions took 11 years to fully diagnose) so I got passed the codeine and told to monitor my symptoms. Low and behold they are still happening and I still feel bloody awful. 

When you are given really heavy painkillers it basically means that you are then out for the count for a few days whilst your body adjusts to them, the worst part is the side effects that come with these medications. For example the codeine that I am taking is really strong and as a result I slept all weekend and was so tired and delirious that I kept crying because I was so frustrated with my own body! 

I am now having the worst pain flare up that I have had in a while so I am spending my days taking tramadol and wearing heat packs at every moment I can, however tramadol gives me the worst shakes and makes me feel like I am not even in the room. This would be enough to stop most people from going to work all week, however I now find that because I am in a job that I love I would rather be at work with all of my supportive colleagues than on my own at home. 

Sitting at home all day in pain on your own actually makes things worse for me, like I will sit at home and most of the time would sit and cry because it is way to much to try and handle on your own. That is why I am so thankful to my mum, sister and Ross they are always there for me whenever I need them even if it is just to have a rant about how awful I feel. It’s not an easy thing for them to deal with either as there is no way that anyone can physically help me as it won’t ever be cured but just knowing that I have their support helps me loads. 

I also want my blogs to become a support network if they can, to make sure that everyone knows that you are not alone in your battles, be in physical or mental health. If anyone ever needs a shoulder to lean on I will always be prepared to be there for them. 

I am going to sign off here and I promise Saturdays blog will be a lot more up beat and happy! I just needed to get that off of my chest, and also wanted to say a big thanks to my mum, my sister Bethany and Ross for being the best support network I have!

Signing off for now,

Scarlett x

Chronic illness -my story

Hi everyone,

I wanted my first post to be a little bit about me and start with explaining my conditions and what they mean for me in day to day life. I am currently 20 years old and have been diagnosed with 3 chronic illnesses for 2 years now and registered disabled for 10 months.

I look very much like a “normal” person, this means that you can then become subjected to a lot of judgemental looks and comments and people going out of their way to make you feel uncomfortable (this in turn means anxiety and depression can creep up on you quite quickly)

My 3 conditions are Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome type 3. Now you’re probably sat reading this thinking “how on earth do you pronounce these things” and also “what on earth are they”.

So let’s start with the Joint Hypermobility Syndrome this is a “normal” thing that most people will have as it is known as being double jointed this means that the joint in your body over extend and can lock and move in places they shouldn’t. It becomes a Syndrome when you have the chronic pain that comes along with it. This is mainly focused in the joints and makes things a lot more difficult to do in daily life. I was diagnosed with this in April of 2015 and just handed and leaflet and told to get on with it basically, and that it wouldn’t really effect me in my daily life.

Then came the Fibromyalgia and the Elhers Danlos Syndrome a year later, this was only diagnosed due to me fighting for a second opinion as it was believed there was more wrong with me than first expected. So Fibromyalgia is an interesting illness to have as it is mainly chronic fatigue and over sensitivity in the skin, for example if someone were to rub my back for a long period of time to console me it would feel as though my skin is burning.

Elhers Danlos Syndrome is where your all of the above combined really but treated as a separate condition, this now means that when I walk I dislocate my hip partially and it means that my joints are more prone to dislocations than others.

Sorry if this has been really rambly but that’s the short version of all the conditions I have! I promise the next post will be something a bit more exciting about my recent trip to Brighton and how I coped with that and my conditions.

Signing off for now,

Scarlett