First Two Weeks of University

First Two Weeks of University

Hello everybody!

The last weeks has been such a bundle of emotions. I’ve been moving into the flat with the girls, celebrating 21st birthdays, getting back into the gym, pre-reading non-stop- aaaand eating a lot of chips from a lovely little kebab shop called ‘Viallis’ (that I totally recommend to anyone wanting to pile on the calories!).

I thought I would share with you a few photos and give a little life update as we go!

I moved in two days before University started, so that I could be super prepared for third year! This year I am lucky enough to be living just round the corner from my boyfriend which meant that we (Hannah and I) went round his house for a big catch up and a few drinks.

(Little heads-up: I live with two Hannah’s! Do I have a way of differentiating? Nope- we’re just winging it! At least I know if I call out, someone will come!)

On our way out, we took some photos up against the lovely brick wall of our block of flats.

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Just want to point out- I probably won’t be taking more photos out in the hall, because some moron has dragged bin juice down the stairs. The entire hallways stinks and lordy does it make me mad. It’s a bit of a standing joke with my friends that I have a hyper-sensitive nose- so the smell is mega offensive. 
I thought to myself, we’re all trying to be friends, so I wrote a little (very polite!) note and stuck it in the hallway. I’m yet to have a response. But after following the Bin-Juice trail #callmesherlock, I know who’s done it. Safe to say I won’t take any parcels in for them. Ultimate sass. 

The following day we did a little bit of shopping, bought a gym membership and waited for other Hannah to move in. It was super rainy so we decorated our little flat! Living with two girls is awesome.

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On the Monday (aka first day of Uni!) it was Hannah’s 21st Birthday and we all went out to Kasbah. Kasbah is in Coventry, and we live in Leamington Spa, so we bought UniExpress tickets. It was super fun, getting all glammed up with the girls. I shall insert some pictures here.

We got some really cute face paints at Kasbah and some lufferly chips from a kebab shop (hence the need for the gym membership!)

We then had a standard first week of University. The usual- ‘this year is the most important year of your life’ lecture that I am pretty certain I have had nearly every year since the age of 13. Though, this time I believe them! So I booked myself a careers appointment for next week. One thing that does surprise me is how few career’s appointments there are on campus- Warwick University offers less than 10 slots a day for 24,000 students! Plus you can only book them 1 week in advance. I was sat on my laptop at 8am fighting for an appointment. Pretty frustrating.

So note to future or current Freshers- see a careers officer early on- get an idea of where to look and who to go to!

Here is a little picture I uploaded to my instagram (@abeesworldblog) of the beautiful autumnal leaves on the floor. LOVE IT.

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Sort of sad story: I loved these shoes, I wore them almost every day on the cruise excursions and summer. A week before University I thought- they dont look as white as they used to, so I washed them. Rooky mistake- don’t do it! I melted the plastic and the soles fell off -.- so I used my sisters hot glue gun to glue them back together. I walked away feeling like a boss. Well, 2 days ago I was walking along and my big toe fell out of the side. Hot glue guns are overrated guys. RIP favourite, well travelled white shoes.

I posted a little bit about feeling homesick during my first week on my Instagram. If you’re someone feeling homesick, please do check it out. Whether you’re at University or started a new job away from home- it’s totally normal. So being brutally honest, I did feel a little bit homesick during my first week. Even as a third year! But one of my favourite things is getting little life updates from my family. So, incase you’re new to my blog (hello!), over the Summer we got a little/ actually rather huge golden-doodle puppy called Amber! And the little updates from my family are so funny! Top-tip for feeling homesick- get whatsapp, skype and keep in touch.

Here is a little picture of Amber and Jim from today:

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The little brown dot, yup, that’s Jim- our ten year old border terrier. Amber loves him so frickin much- it’s adorable. When I first saw this today, I thought the brown dot was part of the dog bed!

After my little homesick spell and at the end of our first week, we all went out again. Which was also great! I am usually not one to go out clubbing. I have always been more of a coffee shop girl (and still am!) but we had such a lovely time and took some more pictures!

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Other than that, I’ve been doing the shed loads of pre-reading for my course, going to the gym with the girls, taking photos of pretty Leamington houses, eating delicious lacto-free pizza, drinking Soya Hot-Chocolates and getting more and more excited about the Autumness!

I hope you enjoyed reading my little life update- I hope to be a lot more present on this blog again now that I’m all settled in University!

Have a wonderful week everyone,

I shall end this blog with an adorable picture of my gorgeous puppy 🙂

Bee

xoxox

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My First University Supermarket Shop (Lacto-Free)

My First University Supermarket Shop (Lacto-Free)

Hey everyone!

Today’s blog is all about my first University Shopping list. As a 3rd year, this is my third and last (yikes) ‘first’ food shop. Over the last two years, and many shopping trips, I have discovered I am actually quite frugal. I am more than happy to go for the supermarket own products- does not bother me one bit. I pick what I spend more on, for example Free Range Eggs or meat. This is definitely worth spending the extra couple of pence on- in my opinion! But rice, pasta, sauces etc I try to spend the minimal.

I usually spend around £25 a week on my food shop, which I think is an OK price. I only buy what I don’t already have and try to keep the extras to a minimal. So everything on this list is what I like to have, and when I run out I will top it up if necessary. My best shop (as sad as this sounds!!) was a whopping £19- I’ve never managed to go lower.

If you’re anything like me, I split my shop up into sections- which I will do on this blog too! Just as a heads up, the first University shop is the most expensive, so don’t panic, most things last longer than you think! So I would estimate this shop between £50 to £60 depending on offers!

Fruit and Veg

  • Multipack of veg- most supermarkets do this- usually potato, sweet potato, carrots etc
  • Mushrooms
  • Raspberries or strawberries.
  • Pineapple or mango.
  • Satsumas (I always have these!)

Fridge

  • Lacto-free milk
  • Vitalite
  • Lacto-free cheese/ goats cheese/ feta (depending on cost or preference!)
  • Lacto-free cream cheese
  • Alpro Soya Yoghurts- blueberry
  • 6 x Eggs

Freezer

  • Frozen peas
  • Fish fingers
  • Chicken breasts (separated into little plastic bags, so they last longer!)
  • 3 x weight watchers diet meals (ideal for when you feel ill, have deadlines etc and don’t want to pig out!)
  • Bread- I don’t really eat bread, but I do like having it in the freezer for the odd occasion or for guests!

Cupboard

  • Marmite
  • 2 x cans of soup
  • Rice (either microwavable or just plain) or couscous
  • Tinned tuna
  • Tinned sweet corn
  • 1 x pasta sauce
  • Tinned pineapple
  • Ketchup
  • Pesto
  • Pasta (the cheapest!)
  • Plastic bags
  • A curry sauce/ sweet and sour sauce
  • Crackers/ Rivita/ Rice Cakes
  • Cereal Bars
  • Porridge Sachets
  • Sugar (small- for my porridge :))
  • Tea
  • Coffee

Toiletries

  • Toilet roll
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup remover
  • A face scrub or treatment

Cleaning Products

  • Anti-bacterial wipes for surfaces in my room.
  • A spray for the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Air freshener
  • Fabric softener

I like to have my cupboards stocked up in case I feel unwell, haven’t had a weekly shop or feel too busy to do one, hence the variety of meals you could make out of this food shop.

A little side note- I do not include alcohol or fizzy drinks into my budgetting. I am not a massive alcohol drinker anyway, but I budget any alcohol into my “me fund”. I put it in the same category as makeup, clothes etc, just because I feel it’s a treat, not a necessity.

I hope this helps, obviously as I have a lacto-free diet, some of these are quite specific to me, but I would totally recommend giving the lacto-free products a go- they’re healthier and literally taste the same.

If you are doing a first University Shop, don’t forget that there are shops on and around campus, so anything you forget can easily be picked up!

Enjoy the anticipation and good luck to anyone starting in the next week!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

Bee xoxo

BALTIC HOLIDAY: COPENHAGEN, CRUISE SHIP AND WARNEMUNDE, DAY 2 & 3

BALTIC HOLIDAY: COPENHAGEN, CRUISE SHIP AND WARNEMUNDE, DAY 2 & 3

Hello everybody!

This is the second blog regarding my recent holiday on a cruise ship around the Baltics.

After watching Batman and having an early-ish night, we got up pretty early, had a standard continental breakfast at the hotel and boarded the ship by midday. It was pretty manic getting on, but we spent the first few hours exploring, playing mini golf… and eating food!! Pretty much the ideal day. That night we ate dinner and set sail. One thing that really did surprise me, however stupid it may sound, was how HUGE the ship was. No photos give it justice and I forever wonder how it floats. I’m pretty crap at science, but I just don’t get it. It’s MASSIVE.

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Warnemunde was our first stop and was like a beautiful little German Balamory.  When we first hopped off of the cruise ship it looked like a standard port, quite similar to the ones in the UK. But a five minute walk into the little town and it was beautiful. There were different colour boats on the river, a market place, colourful houses and restaurants, traditional German folk music playing and the sun was shining. It’s one of the worlds busiest cruise ports and boy you could tell.

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I think the weather makes a massive difference on trips like these. Having never been on a cruise before, it was really alien to me that we could only spend a few hours in each destination, despite the fact they all offered so much. So I have personally found that the places we stopped off that were sunnier stand out more in my memory. Warnemunde is one of them.

Walking down the river was like Instagram heaven. Every house was different, they were all unique in colour and style, the boats were dotted along the river and every ten meters there was another little dog dodging peoples feet. If I were to use one word for Warnemunde it would be ‘quirky’. A quirky little port full of quaint architecture and funky shops with bars, cafes and restaurants dotted everywhere.

Our first stop was at this cute little café, where I got a diet coke, as per usual and we sat chatting and soaking up the sun. We also visited a little restaurant later to grab a light lunch. As I try to avoid dairy (being lactose-intolerant!) I do sometimes find it hard to pick something from a menu that doesn’t have dairy in it. However, we ordered a pizza and I picked off the cheese- classy as hell, I know- and we (all 9 of us!) shared it.

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One of my absolute favourite things about the cruise was dinner. I love any excuse to get dressed up and I bought several outfits for the cruise. Most nights we booked a table in Tropicana, the slightly more fancy- and free (!)- form of dining. It was quite easy to avoid dairy on the ship from the menu as there were just so many options for food. I can totally see why people say you can just eat the whole time. Everything is just SO yummy. Plus, the wine and beer package didn’t help with the calorie intake! Luckily I didn’t have to drink my prosecco alone, Hollie (holliesfashion.wordpress.com/blog/) was my prosecco drinking partner in crime. The first night I had a pistachio tart and lordy it was insane. The presentation of the food was absolutely stunning.

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If I’m honest, it was completely fantastic. I visited so many amazing places, in some countries I have never been to before.

Warnemunde was a score!

Hope you enjoy reading, please like and follow me! For more updates on what I’m getting up to, check out my Instagram: @abeesworld

Bee xoxox

 

 

 

Dairy Free Products- My Opinion

Dairy Free Products- My Opinion

lactoLacto-Free Milk (Normal, Sachets and Chocolate!)

  • This is my all time favourite go-to milk. It’s the one I always have in my fridge and it tastes exactly the same as normal milk. Unlike quite a few dairy free milks, the lacto-free milk doesn’t congeal or separate.
  • It also comes in long life little sachets, so you can carry it with you wherever you go.
  • The chocolate milk is a perfect treat and I seem to consume far more when I have deadlines. What can’t chocolate fix?

Soya Milk 

  • Soya milk is sweeter than lacto-free milk and has a thicker consistency than soya milkalmond milk. Whenever I am out and about, and I fancy a drink from a coffee shop, I always order soya or almond milk.
  • Soya is fattier than almond milk, but more nutritious. If ever I have something chocolate based, such as a Frappe, I choose soya, as it’s the creamier alternative.
  • I don’t, however, enjoy having it on my cereal, and sometimes it has the tendency to separate in drinks- so I make sure to keep a spoon by my side if ever I use soya.

Almond Milk

  • This is the bees knees in a Frappaccino- almond is even sweeter than soya milk. I prefer having almond milk in warm drinks or on ice. Again, it can have the tendency to separate, but tastes delicious. Starbucks is the best.

Lacto-Free Cream Cheese 

  • Is the boss. It’s great for cheesecakes and with crackers. I have (over the last yecheese---soft-cheesear) got into chutneys, and lordy the cream cheese and chutneys go together brilliantly. This is a dairy free diet must-have.

 

 

Alpro Soya Cream 

  • It can be simply poured, put on deserts and in main meals. Sometimes it quite easy to rule certain meals out, whether they are cream, milk or cheese based. But these alternatives are so good.

Oatly Milk

  • This is my preferred milk (other than lacto-free milk) in cereal. Though, once again(!), it can separate- but for some reason it doesn’t in cereal!
  • This is my entire family’s favourite milk to use with our coffee machine- it froths so well and tastes just as good as any alternative milk.

 

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Koko Yoghurt 

  • This with granola, as a snack or even to have with fresh fruit is so scrummy. It’s coconut based, really smooth and the berry yoghurts are my favourite.

Violife cream

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  • This is a vegan alternative to cream cheese. I love the taste, but the consistency is a little bit jelly-like. That’s my only complaint.

Feta 

  • Feta is so fresh and actually quite a strong flavour, so you don’t need much on top of pasta, or as part of a meal.
  • It also lasts a long time.
  • Plus, I prefer feta to goats cheese. I do eat goats cheese, and quite often, but feta is creamier! My all time favourite salad (of which I have uploaded the recipe on my blog) consists of feta, watermelon, cucumber and fresh mint. It’s the best combination.

Lacto-free custard

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  • This is super yummy and super creamy, You can heat it in the microw
    ave or just have it cold. Some things I really missed when I first started a dairy free diet, things such as cream and custard on deserts were one of the big ones. This is so yummy and is by the same brand that creates the lacto free milk!

 

I think that when you have to rule out such a seemingly large part of your diet, it can sometimes seem rather limiting. But I think, especially in today’s food domain, having a  dairy free diet is actually pretty easy. If anything, you learn more about flavours, about nutrition and alternative food groups. Whether you are trying new foods, getting used to a dairy free diet, or simply want a healthier lifestyle, try some of these products. They are so yummy- trust me.

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My Lactose Intolerance Journey

My Lactose Intolerance Journey

Hi everyone!

Today’s blog is a little bit different to my usual blog- I am going to be talking about my lactose intolerance!

What is a lactose intolerance?

  • It basically means that my body does not like as much dairy as other people. But I think it’s important to highlight that there are different levels of lactose intolerance. I am pretty lucky and my intolerance is pretty minor. That basically means that if I have a cup of tea with normal cows milk in, or maybe a cheeky slice of cake on a day out, I won’t necessarily have stomach cramps. So my body can deal with a small amount of dairy.
  • dairy-freeHowever, if I pig out and have a heap of dairy- I get the worst stomach cramps. The longer I have had this intolerance though, the more I have been able to judge how much dairy I can have.

When did I realise I was lactose intolerant?

  • There was a bit of a journey to figuring out what was going on and why I was having stomach cramps- but we got there eventually.
  • Period Pains- I first started getting cramps when I was about 13 or 14, at which point my Doctor’s were putting it down to my time of the month. I started my period when I was 12, so I had had some time to figure out what was ‘normal’ for me, and these pains were different. My stomach cramps are like stabbing pains that make me want to curl into a ball- not a constant ache like periods.
  • Appendicitis- I started passing out when I was 14 from the pains and I can honestly say it was mortifying. So after this happened a few times and started to be super embarrassing, I was taken to hospital to have some tests and I stayed over night. The tests came back negative.
  • Gall Bladder- they then tested me for problems with my Gall Bladder. I can’t really recall much about the tests, it all sort of merges into one in my head- but long story short they came back negative too. So yay for my appendix and gall bladder working!
  • Celiacs Disease– this was a quick test, but luckily this was negative too. The Doctors were basically ruling out different illnesses and allergies.
  • Gluten Intolerance- IBS– for YEARS I was convinced, and was diagnosed, with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Though originally this made a difference Lactose free stampand the pains died down, it wasn’t a long term fix. I completely changed my diet to be Gluten Free- which is surprisingly easy as loads of supermarkets accommodate for this diet. But the pains came back.
  • Dairy Intolerance- BINGO. By 18 I was still having the stomach cramps and I was getting pretty irritated. I ended up not knowing what to eat and what not to eat. At the same time my sister was told she was dairy intolerant, and so my family changed our diets again to accommodate  her. This meant lacto-free products- and the cramps started to die down. Though I was eating less dairy, I hadn’t completely cut it out of my diet. At this point I was about to go to University and my Mum suggested, with me shopping for only myself, to try a completely dairy free diet. That was that really, I went to University, bought only dairy free products and my cramps have been so much better!

Now I eat a mostly dairy free diet and occasionally have some dairy if I really have no alternative (or the food, usually cake, just looks too good!).

I know this is slightly different from my typical lifestyle blogs, but if you enjoy reading, or would like to know more about my diet let me know in the comments. Please like and subscribe!

Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes!

Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes!

With my holiday to Portugal in two weeks time, I am starting to think that I should do a last minute health surge to (hopefully!) make me feel that little bit better in a bikini! I wouldn’t necessarily use the word ‘detox’, but I am definitely trying to avoid foods that will make me bloat, and am trying to eat as much fruit and veg as I can. I have never had the flattest of bellies, and I try to do sport as much as I can, but I can confirm that I notice a big difference if I cut out all wheat and limit the amount of dairy (or lacto-free dairy) in take I have. Downside: this can make me a lil grumpy.

So this morning I thought I would try some Banana Pancakes- I had heard of them before and thought I would give them a go- and they were pretty damn good!

Banana Pancakes: 

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Serves 2 people: makes 4 pancakes- don’t worry they’re pretty filling!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 large eggs
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • A dash of vanilla essence
  • Oil- I used olive oil

Method 

Beat the eggs in one bowl and mash the banana in another. Make sure the banana is pretty well mashed, more of a paste. Then mix the banana with the eggs and add the vanilla and a pinch of baking soda. Mix it all together and you have your pancake batter.

I always seem to add too much oil so today I brushed it onto the pan, so I had a thin coat of oil on the pan. Heat the pan on a medium heat. When the pan is nice and hot, spoon out enough mixture for two pancakes- so half the batter.

Leave them to cook for one to two minutes on each side, and then flip them. Once they’re done, put them to one side and do the other two. Remember to add another coat of oil on the pan, and remove any burnt or excess pancake from the last lot- burnt pancake can smell pretty gross.

Then enjoy with whatever toppings you like, or even plain! They’re pretty sweet due to the banana and the vanilla.

Here are a few of my favourite toppings: 

  • Cinnamon and sugar sprinkled over the top.
  • Honey, maple syrup or golden syrup- depending on how healthy I am feeling.
  • Nutella- for my cheat/treat days!
  • Caramelised apple with cinnamon- I have blogged about these before and OMG they taste insane, however do contain a bit of sugar, so probably not the healthiest option.
  • Lemon or orange and sugar.
  • Chopped fruit- strawberries and raspberries are the bees knees on pancakes.
  • Yoghurt- I have lacto-free yoghurts, or soya yoghurts, but my favourite is the strawberry flavoured.

I hope you love these as much as I do- kick start your day with a healthy, non-bloaty breakfast and experiment with your toppings.

Bee xoxo

Lifesum Review

Lifesum Review

Hello!

I have found that staying healthy at University is not an easy task, with take outs on every corner, alcohol being pretty central to nights out and even with the amount of physical activity my History Degree demands. Having to avoid dairy, gluten and the majority of fruit has made this task even more difficult, but I have recently found an App that really does work for me- Lifesum.

I am by no means a large person, but have not felt brilliant about the way I look for quite a while and have tried several methods of losing weight… that really haven’t been successful. Even when I have been avoiding both dairy and gluten my figure hasn’t changed and I haven’t noticed a different in the way I feel.

I decided to download the Lifesum App onto my phone and can honestly say it’s really really good!

  • What should I eat? I am not educated on what is good and bad. I thought I was, but the app has shown me that that might have been where I was going wrong. You simply enter manually or scan the barcode of whatever you have eaten and it tracks your daily intake of carbs, protein and fat, showing you how much of it you can have.
  • Footfall: The app links to any exercise app already on your phone that records your foot fall, automatically adding it onto how many calories you have for the rest of the day.
  • What do you want to achieve? When you activate the app, it asks you to enter height, weight and what you would like to achieve, either: lose weight, get healthier or put on weight. It then asks your desired weight and spreads the ‘diet’ over 22 weeks, each week is therefore different.
  • Recipes in line with your health goals: The app offers healthy recipes for every time of the day, whether that is breakfast, lunch, dinner or even snacks.
  • Water: It tells you how many cups of water you should drinking a day, and even reminds you if you haven’t drunk for a while, or when it is best for you to drink in terms of losing weight.
  • Statistics: the app records every day on a calendar and suggests that you weigh yourself once a week, to really see the difference.

It really does make me feel more in control of my diet, and is really flexible with the foods I can and can’t eat- I eat what suites me, unlike strict diets that give you recipes for each day. I don’t feel like I am constantly thinking about what I am eating, but I feel like I have a plan that is sustainable.

I really do recommend this to anyone who wants to notice a different in a week.

Hope you enjoyed the Blog- like and subscribe for more!

Bee xoxo

Allergy and Dairy Free Me

Allergy and Dairy Free Me

I have recently come to notice that most of my blogs revolve around the food I eat and the drinks I consume, so I am going to dedicate this blog to discussing my diet!

  1. When I was about 7, I had my first anaphylactic shock to artificial food colourings, in particular: green, yellow and orange. I think this was primarily down to greed. Mum always rationed the amount of sweets I was allowed and so given the opportunity to stuff my face- I did! Hence birthday parties being a tad hazardous. Long story short and several anaphylactic shocks later, I have learnt to avoid everything artificial, including: bacon frazzles, icing, starburst, cherryade, sprinkles and many more.
  2. Peaches. My ultimate nemesis. Having been able to control my anaphylaxis I avoided having any trips to A&E for about a year. But I one day at work I had a peach and within seconds I looked like I had Botox and was struggling to breath. Turns out, though similar in symptoms, I have oral mouth syndrome, which is an allergy to certain fruit families so to speak.
  3. In 2010 I was told I had IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) having had excruciating stomach cramps and was hospitalised with suspected appendicitis. Changing my diet to suit this included avoiding wheat entirely. Though a drastic change, it did help, to start with. I have to say avoiding wheat can be really hard, though in terms of health- it’s pretty good for you. Despite avoiding wheat, I still had stomach cramps.
  4. So University was an opportunity for me to really monitor my diet. My sister had been told she had an intolerance to dairy, and I thought I’d give it a go at avoiding that. This was a total success and I haven’t gone back. It’s actually unbelievable how many alternatives to dairy products there are. There is probably a substitute for everything. I honestly cannot taste the difference between dairy and non-dairy. I often use one of the following: Lacto-Free milk, soya milk, almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk or goats milk as alternatives to cows milk.

It’s a much healthier lifestyle and so easy to adapt to. You honestly don’t miss out on anything.