taking some time out (and making yogurt)

Dear readers,

sorry for the lack of posts lately. It's not because I'm lazy or because the nice weather.
I haven't been much around because of an health issue that started few months ago
 ( perhaps years ago only not with this constant dull pain). 
I've done few tests so far but I need to do more in order to know exactly what is 
making me feel unwell. After been seen by a  specialist and be told the worst case scenario, 
I admit that I freaked out for a moment, all sorts of negative thoughts came to my mind. 
That is exactly the sort of thing I try to avoid, it only makes it worst. 
Believe it or not I tend to be a rational person, it makes me feel calm and grounded, 
rational thinking helps.

“Don't Panic.” (Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).

My motto (and I always carry a towel with me ;)

At the moment I'm on a special diet, which it doesn't allow me to eat most 
of the things I used to eat and took for granted. at the beginning I found this diet challenging, 
for instance I can't have most diaries products but to boost my immune system and guts 
I was encouraged to make at home my own yoghurt
(apparently those you buy in shops lack of active and live cultures, but do your own 
research and make your own conclusions about it).
I use a yogurt maker, a litre of cow milk and few spoons of full fat white yogurt to get started, 
after 8 hours I have half a kg of delicious home made yogurt.

Homemade yogurt by David Lebovitz (without a machine). 

I'll take some time off, hopefully not much.

See you soon(ish).



Bellefleurdelis said...

i wish that all be well for you....i know how it is if you want to go further with doing things but you can't because of health problems, and also going up and down the hospital, getting examinations and tests, seeing doctors, specialists...on a moment it can become too much....because i also have to watch out with my food ( no gluten no lactose ) i try to be creative with it...and after some while it becomes easier and it even becomes very tastefull....my cup of coffee are not always with reall coffee but with something else that replaces it and it is almost reall coffee ! : )
much courage and all all all the best.

alessandra said...

Bellefleurdelis, thank you! after a bit of thinking I decided to share it here. Until something happen to you, you can faintly imagine how it is, or not imagine at all. Then suddenly all change perspective. I can't have lactose and gluten as well and certain vegetables and fruits. it's strange but I'm gradually not missing it knowing that those things are not making me feel well it's easier not to miss them. I'm embracing a new way of eating and cooking, it's a whole new world for me. Thank you, for your words and for sharing your feelings too. XX

rike said...

just five little words: all the best for you!

Patrice A. said...

dear you,

when our eldest son was young he used to be ill all the time, and not just not well, but really ill, he had pneumonia every year
than when he was about 5 years old he started a very strict diet of sourdough bread and no dairy products, sugar, eggs and spices
it wasn't easy, especially with birthdays and all, but it worked so, so well!
now he is 15 and very strong and healthy, which i never thought he would be
and since than i am much more aware of what we eat

i really do hope you will feel well again soon

Patrice A.

The F Girl said...

Ah, I am on a similar diet right now. No wheat, no lactose, no sugar, no soy. Among other things. At first the lack of sugar almost drove me crazy. Turned out I was more addicted then I thought/hoped I was. But I have to say, right now, I notice the changes in my body, for the better, and I find loads of original recipes to enjoy that I otherwise probably wouldn't have tried. It's a change of lifestyle, and I think I am actually starting to like it.

Hope you'll feel better again soon!!

Alejandra said...

Get well soon Alessandra!! A big kiss and hug from Buenos Aires for you.

WSAKE said...

my dear,

i so hope everything is turning out okay!!! i´m on a strikt diet for quite some time now and i´m feeling so much better now. a lot changed in my body since then. some parts started to heal and some still need some time, but i´m patient with them, you can´t rush those things.

all the best to you, don´t worry to much - i know one can´t help to, but try to make the best til you find out more!


Paravent said...

Oh Alessandra, I really feel for you. Please stay strong and believe in yourself and your ability to get through this. Sending much love. Kxx

at swim-two-birds said...

hope you will feel well again soon,
big hugs

jana said...

i hope you feel better soon alessandra! keep the faith in your body...

Britt-Marie Oskarsson said...

I keep my fingers crossed you will get well soon, Alessandra...

Janis said...

Thinking of you... xo

alessandra said...

A big thank you to all of you, for your words here and your heart warming messages!

jane said...

i hope you feel better real soon. sending big hugs!
p.s. love the hitchhiker books. :)

Unknown said...

Our prayers are with you, may you the find strength and courage to get you thru this, we thank you for this delicious recipe as anything homemade is better than store bought!

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diana said...

I'm sad to hear that you're not well. Hope you´re getting better soon. And don´t worry about the things you can´t eat, look at what you can eat instead. lots of good stuff (being vegan i know) :) All the best to you! x x di

Léo le Brigand said...

i hope sincerely you will get well very soon ... lots of positive thinking sent to you!!! Gaëlle.

sew nancy said...

Hope you will feel better soon.
Wishing for the best.

Trula said...

Sending you a big hug from Barcelona. Hope you feel better very soon.

Unknown said...

I hope you will feel better soon ... I have the same bowl, I love its blue design. Hopefully it will reach us safely in few days in our new home !

Karen Barbé said...

I was just catching up with my blog reading – I'm so happy to read that all your tests turned out well!