Why I Love Wrinkles

Some people find it hard to believe that I never iron, but it is true. My mother is an avid ironer, and enjoys it enormously but the ironing bug has missed a generation in my case. What I am good at is buying clothes which either don’t crease or look OK wrinkly. For example I don’t own a single shirt or blouse – my lifestyle simply doesn’t have a call for them.

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Lots of women I know end up doing the ironing for the whole family – husbands, kids (including teenagers) and that includes bedding for the household. Some girlfriends were chatting about this the other day and, on hearing that some of the group even ironed underwear, one said, “Luckily I have a built-in iron in my nether-regions which even occasionally has a steam setting”. These are the gals I ride with.

When the youngest Baby Bee was a toddler, he came across an ironing board propped up in a ladies loo at a primary school we were visiting. His exclamation filled me with joy: “Look Mummy, a surf board”.

I do  spend hours gardening which some people absolutely hate and have little or no time for, so we are all different. Baking is another one I prefer to leave to others. Different priorities. Different likes and dislikes.

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I am very happy to walk around looking a bit scruffy and creased (it matches my face) and I leave the ironing to Bees in my family who do need ironed shirts for work and school or a special occasion.

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What do you regard as a complete waste of time in your domestic life?

Am I Getting My Oats?

Having Coeliac Disease is not a big issue as long as you do just one simple thing: never eat gluten. Undiagnosed Coeliac Disease definitely does have negative health impacts though and if you have reasons to suspect an intolerance you should certainly get it checked by a doctor (there is a simple blood test as the first step towards diagnosis). Here is some very basic information on the disease, taken from Coeliac UK, the oldest and largest Coeliac Disease charity in the world  (https://www.coeliac.org.uk/home/)

Associated conditions and complications

Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is a skin condition that is associated with coeliac disease. It affects approximately 1 in 3,300 people. Like coeliac disease, it is treated with a gluten-free diet.

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease that can occur in those people who have the genes that predispose them to the condition.For this reason, coeliac disease is more common among people with other autoimmune disorders, such as Type 1 diabetes and autoimmune thyroid disease.

Undiagnosed and untreated coeliac disease may lead to developing osteoporosis, which is where the bones become thin and brittle. This is because you may not have been absorbing calcium properly for some time.

Lactose intolerance can be associated with coeliac disease as the disease damages the part of the gut where lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose, is produced. Symptoms of lactose intolerance are similar to that of coeliac disease.

Lymphoma and small bowel cancer is a serious complication of coeliac disease. However, once someone with coeliac disease has been following the gluten-free diet for three to five years, their risk of developing these specific types of cancers is no greater than that of the general population.

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There is also the question of whether coeliacs can eat gluten-free (gf) oats, and this week, I have been forced to do some further research into the subject as I have been very ill. This is also from Coeliac UK:

Oats contain avenin, which is a protein similar to gluten. However, research has shown that most people with coeliac disease can safely eat avenin.

Problems can occur if oats are produced in the same place as wheat, barley and rye, as the oats can become contaminated with these other grains. Only oats which are uncontaminated can be eaten by people with coeliac disease.

There are a very small number of people with coeliac disease who may still be sensitive to gluten-free, uncontaminated oat products.

When I was first diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, I had a list in my mind of the things I would miss the most: croissants, pizzas, pasta, but what trumped all that was flapjack.

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Oats are such a good food. Porridge such a wonderful breakfast. When gf oats were brought onto the market several years I ago, I was tremendously happy. I definitely remember reading that, even if you tried them out and found you could tolerate them, it was sensible to only eat them every now and again. Sadly, my on-off switch in life sometimes goes AWOL and for the last couple of months, I have been eating gf oats as the basis of my breakfast pretty much every day. About 10 days I ago I started to feel poorly but it took me ages to figure out what was causing the flu-like symptoms/nausea/mental fogginess and worse. So for the time-being, I am off them while I recover. Quite a wake-up call.

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Happily there are plenty of gluten-free Easter eggs to help me regain my mojo.

Annie Bee x

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I Have Miraculously Gained A Year

As my birthday approaches I checked the maths and realised I will be 52 and not the 53 which I had in my head. I am young !! When I mentioned this to Mr Bee, it transpired he also thought I was going to be 53. (As I said in a recent post, those anti-ageing creams do not seem to work and here we have the proof).

Imagine if we were all given an extra year in reality – what we do with it?  Learn a language? Write a book? Go and live abroad for 12 months?

Food for thought.

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Have a super Easter weekend wherever you are.

Annie Bee x

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