Sunday, 27 August 2017

AQUA Carpatica water review

This week, I have been very kindly sent AQUA Carpatica to try and test out.

I can be very fussy with my water as I think many bottled water tastes funny!  Over the years I have presumed this is as a result of the water source running through rocks which give off a funny taste (to me).  I didn't have this problem with AQUA Carpatica water and I think it is because of it having such a low mineral content which is giving it the clean taste with no funny after taste.

I love the bottle shape - it is rectangular!  Something so so simple but it makes it feel so fancy and really expensive.  Some water bottles I think look ugly, but you could never say that about this shape.  It also has 500ml in which is great, sometimes I am finding that bottles are getting smaller, which I am not happy about!  Also, I don't drink alcohol so I take my own water with me and this bottle looks so pretty, I wouldn't be embarrassed to take it out and have a drink at a party.  I'm also finding that sometimes bottles aren't very good quality from other brands and I am unable to reuse them as they go out of shape, this isn't an issue with AQUA Carpatica bottles - I can reuse it over and over again - ideal!

I'm starting to go the gym as well as carrying on with my pilates and dressage.  I often find even after drinking I still feel thirsty.  By AQUA Carpatica having natural electrolytes it is meant to improve hydration and help you feel hydrated for longer.  It also has a naturally alkaline pH (7.8) which helps to assist in digestion and metabolism.  I am always trying to find ways to help with my digestion now I'm coeliac as sometimes I find it is a little slow and sluggish.  Metabolism, is something we all like to be quick!

I am very concerned about the environment ans therefore packaging of the products I buy.  The bottles are 100% recyclable which I love!  I hate buying products that you are unable to recycle, I think it is so pointless.  If we all do our bit for the environment, improvements will be seen.  It is also BPA free - this is a chemical which companies coat their plastics in, research has been done and sometimes it is seen to seem into drinks and food which may have possible health risks associated.  Being as the uncertainty around BPA products, it is always better to be safe than sorry so I do try to avoid.

You can buy the bottles at:
  • Ocado
  • Harrods
  • Whole Food
  • Amazon
  • As Nature Intented
  • As well as over 600 independent stores

I couldn't believe how reasonably priced they are:
  • RRP 0.65p for 500ml Still Natural Mineral Water
  • RRP 0.69p for 500ml Naturally Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
  • RRP £0.79 for 1 litre and £0.99 for 1.5 litre Still Natural Mineral Water
  • RRP £1.09 for 1.5 litre Naturally Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

There are three types of water (left to right): natural sparkling, natural still mineral water, natural sparkling forte.  Still mineral is my fav but there's something to suit everyone!

Have you ever tried them before?  What were your thoughts?  I really loved them!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Gluten free Facebook groups - which ones to join?

I never realised there was such a massive community on Facebook with coeliacs creating groups to help support one another.  I only discovered these groups after I had settled in with the gluten free diet and got used to being a coeliac but I wish I had found them sooner, they would have been really useful in the early days.  So the ones I'm a member of and find super useful are:

Coeliacs in the UK - this group has nearly 17,000 members and is specifically for people in the UK which is very good as you know the knowledge is relevant to this country (if you aren't in the UK, there are similar groups for other countries) 

Gluten Free and Me - this group has nearly 22,000 members so is also very large.  I often find, the larger the group, the more responses you get.  I do find it worthwhile being members of many groups as they all offer something slightly different.

not another boring CD / GF group - this group was originally set up for James to tell everyone his stories about being a coeliac, now it has turned into a group with humour, this group gives humour to bad situations!

GUTs Coeliac UK - this is Coeliac UK's official group for 'Gluten Free Under Thirties'.  It is specifically designed for people 18 to 30 (I'm 17 and find it useful).  It is the perfect place to get people at similar ages, who are probably going through similar struggles advice.

Grub without Gluten (and other matters gluten free) - this is similar to the other groups but the only slight difference is that you have to get your post approved.  They are very quick at approving posts so no issues there!

Coeliacs Eat Out Too - this is purely for your eating out recommendations and questions. I find this very useful as it is only eating out so no need to sieve through various other posts

Coeliacs Eat In Too - this is purely for eating in, similar to the one previously really!

Coeliac Disease for Beginners - you don't have to be a beginner to join this group, if you have been a long term coeliac, you are able to give advice and to help people newly diagnosed.  This is a smaller group of under 1000 members if that is what you like.

There are certain groups for certain areas depending on where you live, these would be useful for finding local places to eat and local recommendations.  There are also weight loss support groups and support groups if you have children.  Honestly, I think there are groups out there for pretty much any coeliac need, just have a quick search and I'm sure you'll find something suitable.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Gluten free chocolate flapjack

I made these delicious gluten free chocolate flapjacks with Sainsbury's deliciously free from oats and deliciously free from dark chocolate.  They're quick and easy to make, if you do re-create, don't forget to tag me!

300g butter
150g demerara sugar
3 tbsp golden syrup
450g porridge oats (this is the size of the Sainsbury's bag)
100g chocolate (this is the size of the Sainsbury's bar)

Cooking instructions:
200C (gas mark 6) for 15 minutes

  1. Preheat the oven and prepare your tin
  2. Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a bowl.  I a put a saucepan full of water on the hob and placed the bowl on top and melted this way.
  3.  Once melted, add the oats and mix thoroughly.  You need to ensure all the oats are coated in the melted mixture as otherwise they won't stick together.
  4. Once everything is coated, add the chocolate.  I cut mine into small chunks, the size of the chunks is up to you!
  5. Then, put into your tin and push down ensuring it gets into every corner.  I then cut it and pushed down any excess again.  These lines will be my guides once it is cooked.
  6. Place in the oven and wait!
  7. Once out of the oven, cut the flapjacks properly whilst still warm.  This makes it easier to cut.
  8. Enjoy!  And don't forget to tag me in any photos posted!
I hope you enjoy your flapjacks!  Tag me in your photos!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Where have I been?

As some of you may have noticed, I have taken a break from blogging recently.  I struggled to find the time to sit down and write a blog post while balancing my time with my school work as well as part time jobs and other activities I do.  However, I have still been posting on my Instagram page daily so if you aren't following that already, you can follow me here.

So what have I actually been doing in the period I disappeared on here?
I've been at sixth form studying for mock exams as well as having the normal work load associated.  I have also been working at my weekend job and have just started volunteering twice a week in my summer holidays. As I'm writing this, I got back from my holiday to the Gower, Wales yesterday so I've had a week off.  I wanted to focus on my Instagram in the period where I was rushed off my feet and make sure that was the best it could be and not have two mediocre platforms. 

So I have decided that I shall start blogging again which I hope will please some of you! I will be posting every Sunday at 9am again. If I miss a week, I apoligise now but sixth form work does take priority. 

I will be writing several posts in August and scheduling them as I am on my summer holidays so if you have any post ideas or questions you want answered, don't hesitate to message me and I will do my best to include as many as possible.  The next few posts I wrote previously had them saved as drafts so look out for those.

I do have an idea myself though for Instagram and wanted your thoughts on it.  I was thinking that being as I can't get all over the UK and although I would love to, I just can't try every gluten free brand, products or eatery.  So to overcome this, I thought about featuring my followers recommendations with their photos and a little caption and review written by them.  I would make it clear it was a followers suggestion and I would tag them.  Being as my account is food items that are gluten free and coeliac suitable, the food featured would have to be this.  Is this something you would like on my page or would you rather for me to give it a miss?  Please message, email or comment to let me know your thoughts.

Thank you for being so patient with me and I hope you like my new content.  I shall see you again next Sunday at 9am.

glutenandme x