Saturday, 28 April 2018

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

Hello!
Long time no post! Life got chaotic! Anyway, one of the things I decided I wanted to do this year was to eat less and less animal products, working my way towards the vegan lifestyle.
This is for many reasons; I've been educated about what happens to a lot of animals and it evoked really strong emotions in me, especially watching earthlings, and I'd like to know that I'm not making animals go through that for my dinner, I'm not sure anyone can know the truth and not be broken by it; another reason is the environment, I never knew how much the demand for animal products is both wrecking our planet and environment but also preventing millions of people from being able to eat rather than starving to death - did you know that if we stopped feeding the soya beans we grew to animals then we could end world hunger, we would have enough food to feed every human on the planet; another factor is of course my health, as most of you know I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, and associated conditions, and a vegan lifestyle is never going to change that or make it better, its a genetic condition that I've had all my life and will have all the rest of my life, but there are definitely other things that could improve by changes to my lifestyle!
My plan was to slowly transition, replacing things with vegan ones when they run out, and as part of that I ended up going through all my foods to check they're dates and pretty much all the foods that weren't vegan were very much out of date! In terms of food I'm now going fully vegan, I cant bear to put animal products in my mouth anymore after watching earthlings! Other things like toiletries, clothes, shoes, cosmetics, kitchen items ect will slowly be replaced when they run out with vegan or waste reducing alternatives. I wont lie this will be a challenge, I know that, and there may be slip ups and stumbles along the way, its not about perfection, and judging myself wont help me or any part of this, so its a judgement free zone!
Some things I've been loving so far:

  • Starbucks almond milk mocha
  • lentil dahl
  • Vego chocolate
  • Wiked vegan meals from tesco
  • vegan chai latte
I'm planning on reviewing some products, sharing some recipes/food muddles that taste good, and generally sharing along the way!! There will still be other posts, but this blog is about me talking about things important to me, and this topic is very important to me, its been eye opening and a shift in my perspectives!
Lizzi x


Thursday, 1 March 2018

Self Harm Awareness Day

Hello!!
Today is self harm awareness day! So lets talk self harm! Self harm is a difficulty that effects many many people. It is primarily heard about among teenagers, especially teenage girls. However anyone of any age, gender, race, sexuality etc. can have a battle with self harm. The misconception that only teenage girls self harm is a dangerous one, as it prevents people getting the help they really need, for fear of being judged or on the receiving end of stigma, it has happened to me, and to many others I know.

There are many different was in which people self harm, including cutting, burning, head banging, punching things, attempting to break bones, taking overdoses, inserting objects and much more. No form of self harm is more 'serious' than any others, please do get your self harm treated if it needs it, always be on the safe side. Some self harm is visible, some is hidden, and some people show it intentionally and others hide it intentionally, it really depends on the individual.


All self harm is valid, distressing, difficult and damaging, and the 'severity' of the wound (in medical terms) doesn't always equate to the amount of distress. A sufferer could be completely consumed by their mind and illness, mentally in an awful place, but not have self harm that would need treatment; equally someone could have a deep or long wound that requires treatment but is less distressed than when they did a shallower cut. It's also really unhelpful to compare, whether your comparing your own to someone elses, someone is comparing theirs to yours, or any other comparison, it doesn't help, in fact there is no time when that would be helpful! Self harm is individual, don't tell someone yours is worse, don't tell someone theirs is worse, just don't!
Supporting someone who self harms!
Learn about self harm, Mind has some good guides!
Ask them how they want to spend time, distraction can sometimes help more than constantly talking about it
Talk to them! In general! But also about self harm, but bring it up in private, not in front of others
If they show their scars, accept them. If they cover their scars, accept them too!
Don't make comparisons, they help no one!
Offer to help them get help!
Ask what helps them or what could help them and give it a go together!



Lastly, Self harm isn't a suicide attempt, most of the time its a coping mechanism. However self harm can become addictive, and can lead to limb loss, loss of sensation, sepsis and death. Seek help now, ask someone to support you. You can beat this!! Your not alone!
Thank you for reading!
Check out my doodle instagram for me doodles!
L xxx