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Cramming your diet with veg (/the long covid treatment plan?)

Cramming your diet with veg (/the long covid treatment plan?)

I’ve tweeted a couple of times about how seriously shifting our diet how been helping my husband in his recovery from long covid, and I mentioned it in my last post. Each time, someone’s asked for more information so I’ve shared tweet-sized snippets of what we’ve been doing. But this is possibly the one article I could write that could really, really help a lot of people. I hope it does. The caveats I have no medical background, have undertaken…

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A month of baby costs

A month of baby costs

It seems like I’m constantly spending money on my baby. He doesn’t have an excessive number of toys (until I started monitoring in mid-April, I’d bought him only two toys). I try to buy enough clothes but not too many. We haven’t been to that many baby groups (partly because he naps at the wrong times) and we try to go along to the free ones at the library. Even so, it feels as though he needs something almost every…

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2017: A year of ill discipline… and self doubt?

2017: A year of ill discipline… and self doubt?

Well you’ll no doubt have noticed that the year is drawing to a close, and as it does, I think most of us are thinking back over whether it has been a good year or not. A year of ill discipline For me, there has been no year since 2010 (when I moved out and no longer relied on my parents’ financial support) where I have been less disciplined financially. I am in the fortunate position of having developed certain…

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Making money with Swagbucks: My experience

Making money with Swagbucks: My experience

If you are looking for ways to make a few extra pounds online from home, you may have heard of Swagbucks. It’s a website that pays you in points called ‘swagbucks’ for doing a variety of tasks. When you hit 889, you can cash them in for a £5 amazon voucher, making each point worth 0.6p. If you’re thinking about signing up, you might be wondering what I wondered; Is it worthwhile? This is my review after discovering it for…

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What’s wrong with these parsnips?

What’s wrong with these parsnips?

Here’s a question for you: What’s wrong with these parsnips? We are such fussy shoppers, picking over fruit and veg to find the most attractive. I guess more attractive veg not only appeals to our eyes, but maybe also seems more healthy and nutritious. Parsnips (as well as carrots) aren’t the most attractive vegetables. If you’re buying them for parsnip mash or to go in soup, their appearance really doesn’t come into it. So, I’d normally opt for bigger ones,…

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It sometimes pays to slow down

It sometimes pays to slow down

The busier you are, the more you can get done, and the more of your goals you can achieve. Right? I mean, that’s the reason we’re all so busy isn’t it? More shopping done, more batch cooking prepped, more house cleaned, more friends met, more books read, more decorations made… I can’t help but think that it sometimes pays to slow down. There’s so much pressure, both in the online world and the real world. And at this time of…

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Do you care what other people think?

Do you care what other people think?

A lot of people claim that they don’t care what others think of them. I’ll hold my hand up and say I’m one of them. The truth is, most people do care what others think… to some extent, at least. Do I care what other people think of me? I’m not bothered about people thinking I’m cool. I fully expect a lot of people think I’m kinda boring. And a little odd. I’m happy for them to think that. It’s…

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Remembrance, why I love Canada, and attitudes towards money

Remembrance, why I love Canada, and attitudes towards money

On the 11th hour, or the 11th Day, or the 11th Month, we pause for a minute’s silence to remember the fallen and the sacrifice made for us. A minute filled with such poignancy that a painful lump swells in the back of my throat and I fight to push it down again. Thoughts have to be pushed away… after all, did grandad not fight so that I might keep my stiff upper lip?! I do most of my remembering before…

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Why donate to a foodbank?

Why donate to a foodbank?

I like to do research before giving to charity. Usually. I do sponsor people who do challenges for the causes they believe in without digging into the charity’s background, but where I choose to give directly to a cause, I like to do my research. I want to be able to give to causes that use my donations in the right way, that don’t have unreasonable administration costs, that don’t have millions and millions in reserve. Maybe I still don’t…

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Being generous: Inspiration from other money savers

Being generous: Inspiration from other money savers

Being healthy, being generous, consuming less and experiencing more, and achieving financial independence. Those are my goals. That is what tortoise happy means to me. Financial independence takes a huge amount of planning and will power. On the one hand, it could be easy to focus on money and lose sight of what is important. On the other, by constantly assessing what you value, financial strength can make you become more generous and mean you’re better able to help. Here…

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