H O M E and H E A L T H

In my last post I mentioned our plan for buying a place of our own in May to save our sanity.  I chose to wait three more months instead of buying right away as we needed the extra savings to have 10% house deposit and so we could also have a great savings history and sort out some other things like desexing our dog.  We have been looking at different units and townhouses in the areas we like so we are more educated in what a good price is as well as what we want for our first place and what we are willing to compromise on.

At the start of this month I viewed a unit(condo) in Mermaid Beach that I could really see us being happy in, so we ended up making an appointment with the broker earlier than planned.  Since then, we have been in regular contact with the broker and the real estate agent as there have been several issues and setbacks towards getting pre-approval for a home loan.  Luckily the unit(condo) is still available but we might miss it as we are waiting for paperwork to come through for us.  Even if we miss this unit, I trust that the right one will show up for us, I am just really glad that we have begun this process as it takes way longer than I thought it would!  So if anyone out there is in the same stage and hasn’t talked to a broker about pre-approval yet and all the documentation you need, then I would get on to it!! We had talked to a broker earlier on but more as an enquiry into what deposits we would need and what our price range would be but apparently some bank criteria has changed and loans are harder to come by at the moment.  So many people that I have talked to have said that it seems so hard to get through the pre-approval process.

I have been keeping up with our 52 week savings game so we have cash for Xmas and also saving $100 a week for our snow trip in August as well as saving for our house.  I do have to go out today and buy our little girl some warm onsies for winter this year.  She is rapidly outgrowing all her clothes, so I have to get a few onesies, tights and singlets.  She kicks off all blankets so I don’t bother with them anymore so I have to make sure she is warm enough without them while she sleeps.  The onesies are also great under her snowsuit.  Our new car is still awesome too, and I am looking forward to driving down south to the snow in it!

In other news, I have been suffering from daily migraines for months, and it seemed to be getting worse.  I had an intuitive thought recently that giving up dairy may help and looking into it, dairy is a food that causes inflammation and all sorts of issues for a lot of people let alone the problems it causes the cows 😩….I do prefer a vegan life and I have always felt great when vegan – I had taken to drinking a lot of cows milk when pregnant and had kept this up during breastfeeding as I would crave it.  Anyway, I thought it was worth a try so gave it a go.  I seemed to go through a full on dairy detox and I had stomach problems and bad headaches for the first 6 days but am now feeling the best I have in a very very long time and I lost 1.5kilograms in that week!

My husband is also doing well without gluten in his diet and has had more energy and lost weight because of the change.  I also like gluten free eating although I am not as strict on this for me and our baby.  I definitely notice the difference but geez gluten free and vegan products really empty the wallet!  Although I have found that if you stick to mostly to wholefoods then it isn’t so expensive.  Hopefully when we are finally in our own kitchen I can try making some gf breads too!

I am so looking forward to having our own space again.  I belong at the beach and living away from parents!  Yesterday Lennox and I had the day to ourselves at home.  It has been ages since we got to do that and I had forgotten how important that time is to me and for her.  I loved it.  It will be so awesome to be back at our beach every day and spending time together.

I hope you all have a safe holiday season 🌞

 

 

 

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why i am giving up wheat and sugar

I have never really done this before but two days ago I decided that I needed to take a break from wheat and sugar for a while or maybe even permanently and see how my body responds.  My husband said he was keen for the change too.  I never thought we ate a lot of wheat or sugar – I thought that we ate mostly whole foods and veges until I realised these ingredients are actually a big part of our weekly meal plan!  Not to mention our quest for a beer with a view!  It looks like our beer tasting sessions will also stop for a while.  The reason I came to this decision is because I have suffered migraines and bloating ever since I can remember and I had never thought that wheat intolerance was the issue or that I have too much sugar in my diet until recently. I began to look into the symptoms of food intolerances and I pretty much fit the bill.  Things began to get much worse when I was pregnant and it has not been much better – if not worse since I gave birth.

Once I decided this had to change I went through my cupboards to look at how much food we would need to give away, bin, or use up before the change.  We have cous cous, pasta, puff pastry, pizza bases, vegetarian wheat gluten products, bread and breadcrumbs to get rid of.  Wheat and sugar are also in the vege stock cubes I use, the sauces I like and spice mixes I like aswell!! I had to quickly think of alternatives to these items or I was afraid I might back out of the plan.  I realised there is many yummy alternatives to these items and have made a bit of a meal plan to begin our change.  I have also said to myself that I will not be too hard on myself if I slip up here and there, as long as it doesn’t become a habit again.  So I have given away a lot of pasta and bread to a friend and have made wheat and sugar free meals for the last couple of days and things are going pretty well.  I am actually pretty excited about learning some new things to make and today I went shopping and bought some gluten free items to try.

I hope this change helps my tummy and headache problems! I’ll keep you all posted……