How To Make Rose Moon Milk [Vegan, Gluten-Free, Caffeine-Free, Dairy-Free, and Herbal]

How To Make Rose Moon Milk [Vegan, Gluten-Free, Caffeine-Free, Dairy-Free, and Herbal]

This silky Rose Moon Milk is such nourishment for your body that will leave you feeling utterly blissful, soothed, balanced, and serene.

In addition, this beautiful moon milk recipe is vegan, gluten-free, caffeine-free, and dairy-free that naturally contains a combination of carbs and protein to help induce calming hormones that help you sleep. I also find it very soothing for Gastroparesis, Scleroderma, and Prolactinoma symptoms.

I do hope you enjoy this sumptuously serene moon milk recipe with some of my favourite ways to tie this sweetness to a Moon ritual that embodies the richest of truths and all the potent wonder of the Moon.

What Is Moon Milk?

Do you remember growing up hearing that a warm cup of milk at bedtime was a whimsical ritual that would aid good sleep? Well, now the tradition is back with a twist and it’s referred to as Moon Milk (just to note that this could also be known as a ‘moon mylk’. The ‘mylk’ spelling is often referred to plant-based kinds of milk.)

But what is Moon Milk? Well, essentially, it is warm milk with spices, herbs, and added nutrients that are all magically spun together to bring about complete serenity and balance. 

Now, have you ever heard of Golden Milk before? If so, that’s really one of the earliest Moon Milks that comes from the Indian drink “Haldi doodh” that translates to “turmeric milk” in Hindi. In Ayurveda traditions from India, this Golden Milk is used as a common remedy for insomnia and simply beams with nourishment.

So what goes into a Moon Milk? Well, firstly you’ll want to pick your favourite Milk of choice as the base. Milk (or mylk as many vegans refer to non-dairy forms as) naturally contains a combination of carbs and protein to help induce calming hormones that help you sleep. 

The next common ingredient is an Adaptogen. These are a select group of herbs (and some mushrooms) that support the body’s natural ability to deal with stress. They are called adaptogens because of their unique ability to “adapt” their function according to the specific needs of the body.

Ashwagandha is one of the most common of these Adaptogens and the one I’m using today (I get mine from the Natural Health Market here). I find wonderful Ashwagandha so blissful for relieving stress and all the benefits this gives me as I battle a variety of chronic illnesses.

The next part is very intuitive because you can really work with your creativity when it comes to taste and adorning the Moon Milk to your preferences.

So without further ado, here’s how I create my dreamy, silky, and restorative Rose Moon Milk blend!

a rose moon milk with rose petals in a pink mug with gold stars on

How To Make a Rose Moon Milk Recipe

a rose moon milk with rose petals in a pink mug with gold stars on

How To Make Rose Moon Milk [Vegan, Gluten-Free, Caffeine-Free, Dairy-Free and Herbal]

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This silky Rose Moon Milk is such nourishment for your body that will leave you feeling utterly blissful, soothed, balanced and serene. This vegan, gluten-free, caffeine-free and dairy-free Rose Moon Milk recipe naturally contains a combination of carbs and protein to help induce calming hormones that help you sleep. 
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup milk of your choice (I'm using Rude Health's Coconut Drink)
  • ¼ teaspoon Ashwagandha Powder
  • 1  Cardamom Pod
  • 1 tbsp Rose Petals (OR this is where you can play about with herbs and spices of your choice. You could try lavender buds, Rose Water, syrups, Ginger, Turmeric, Cloves, Nutmeg, Cinnamon etc)
  • 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup (or sweetener of choice. You can even add 1 whole date in place of any liquid sweetener if you have one)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (or a Vanilla Pod)
  • 1 teaspoon Coconut Oil
  • Raw Cocao (to decorate)

Instructions
 

  • Add 1 cup of the milk of your choice to a saucepan.
  • Add the Ashwagandha, Vanilla, coconut oil and Maple Syrup and stir together gently. 
  • Add the rose petals and cardamom pod (or alternatives)
  • Steep the above for 5 minutes on a low to medium heat. You don't want this to boil.
  • After 5 minutes, sieve the mixture into your mug (don't discard the mixture you have sieved. You can always add it to a bath or blend it for other uses)
  • Finish your Moon Milk with decoration if you wish. I added more rose petals, some edible glitter and a tiny bit of raw cacao. 
  • Enjoy your milk and at the times of the New or Full Moon, sip it as you feel into your intentions and wishes for the time to come. 
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How To Make A Moon Ritual With Your Rose Moon Milk Recipe

I wanted to finish this blog post with some suggestive ideas for enjoying your Rose Moon Milk as part of a New Moon or Full Moon Ritual as this makes the experience of drinking Moon Milk especially potent when tuning into the cycles of the moon.

Firstly, why is a moon ritual, and taking the time to connect with the rhythms of the Moon so deeply powerful?

Well, for many of us here on Earth, we are surrounded by our daily comforts and possessions, but so many of us are utterly cut off from the natural world, from our mind, from our bodies, and from the magic of embodiment. Well, connecting to the Moon can be one way to start this relationship with the natural world outside of us.

After all, it is the Moon that illuminates our ancient longings and has done for centuries. When she glows against the piercing midnight sky, she is a symbol of our soul, our dreams, and all our desires. 

It is the Moon that pulls us forward with its rhythmic and cyclical ebbs and flows. The Moon is our inner wisdom, our intuition, and our heart’s wisdom.

And thus, embodying the magic of the Moon is the most magical adventure that to me is the true essence of seeking everyday whimsy, wonder, and enchantment. 

If you’re able to, right now, allow yourself to take a long deep breath and feel your heart open towards the light and inner wisdom the Moon will fill you with tonight (or whenever you are reading this). 

I hope the sweetness of your Rose Moon Milk has beckoned you into a truly peaceful surrender. In this blissful state of receptive being, here are some of my favourite rituals to connect to the Moon for deepest whimsy, wonder and enchantment.

My Favourite Ways To Connect To The Moon

Do you ever notice you’re out of sorts around the same time each month? Have you ever stopped to take a pause and allow this to be there? And moreover, in doing so, have you looked up to the heavens and noticed the radiating light from the Moon and questioned the relationship between your deepest being and the universe that you’re part of?

If you said ‘yes’ to any of the above, it might be your calling to connect to the Moon!

These are just some of my favourite ways of connecting with the phases of the moon that bring me a greater awareness of other cycles and rhythms within my own body, mind, heart, and spirit.

1. Use the Moon Cycles to set intentions
Each of the Moon’s four main phases has an effect on our mood, body, and life. Here’s how we can harness her energy:

  • New Moon- New Beginnings: This is a beautiful time to honour the energy of the new Moon in the sky. Use this time to set goals and set a plan of action in place. Avoid making big purchases and decisions. Instead, use this time as a rest as you prepare to lean into these new beginnings and intentions. Take such nourishing care of yourself.
  • Waxing Moon- Building Momentum: Honour the waxing Moon energy by focusing on what you want to increase or attract into your life and take the action needed. This is a wonderful time for self-discipline and perseverance. It’s also a proactive time for business and financial matters.  
  • Full Moon- In The Flow: Emotions and passions are most intensely felt at this period of time. However, with lunar energies at their most abundant, it is the most potent time for rituals and magic. Use this time to celebrate all your successes over this period. At the same time, be deeply self-forgiving and let go of any regrets. Instead, embrace gratitude and shine a light on what you want to invite into your life.
  • Waning Moon- Release & Resolve: During this period, the moonlight shines most vividly on the importance of completing tasks as well as releasing all that is unhelpful in our lives. Take this time to heal, dream, breathe, relax and accept yourself for all you are. Most importantly, don’t give up and let the Moon help commit yourself to move forward in a way that is most self-honouring.

2. Create a Ritual in your life connected to the Moon

Setting rituals is a deeply sacred activity that is extremely personal and individual to us all.

In essence, it’s all about finding or creating a set of practices you can commit to doing during every New Moon (or at parts of the cycle you most relate to).

It could be as simple as meditating, taking a yoga class, or writing a list of intentions to feel into. You could also create an altar, have a moon bath, make a crystal grid or work with aromatherapy.

Whatever rituals feel most soothing and grounding to you, make sure it incorporates taking a moment to reflect and just be. Ultimately, taking periodic pauses can help us to have a deeper relationship with our heart, mind, and soul. 

3. Connect with Nature 

By connecting with Mother-Earth we will truly allow ourselves to connect deeper with nature and the Universe and stars we are all part of.

After all, we are stars and stardust and thus part of the universe itself. How does that make you feel? How does that change your connection to wonder, whimsy and enchantment? Truly feel into this by trying to glimpse the Moon as often as you can. Have baths against the moonlight.

Ultimately, connecting with the Moon reconnects us with the Divine. What could be more special than that?

4. Chart your Natural Cycles with the Moon

The Moon is one of the most powerful cycles to embrace in our lives. It has a symbiotic relationship with our menstrual cycles but what if, like me, you don’t menstruate monthly? Well, there are so many abundant ways to connect with the cycles of the Moon. You can track the food you eat and how it makes you feel, your emotions, the weather and just everything.

I love taking 5 minutes at the end of the day and just free-flow writing on everything that has come up for me on that day. After doing this for so long now, I’m able to pinpoint the cyclical nature of my body, my emotions and so much more. It’s beyond powerful. 

5. Discover your Moon Sign

Many of us know our sun sign but do you know your Moon Sign?

In my opinion, at least for me, my Moon Sign is the most intimate part of my soul.

I am a Sagittarius Sun, so this fuels my wanderlust and philosophical heart. My Rising Sign is Gemini so this gives me my love for writing and chatty first impression (at least, that’s what people say!) but truly at my absolute core, I am my Pisces Moon. In fact, in my own birth chart, my Moon is the strongest part of my chart so I actually read my Pisces star sign first, then Sagittarius and then Gemini.

Why is your Moon Sign so revealing? This is because your Moon represents your inner presence. It’s the you when no one is around or when you’re with your chosen soulmates in life. It is your unconscious instincts and inner emotional life.

In essence, it’s the you that could be hidden from the world that only you truly know. Your moon sign is where your deepest dreams and desires reside.

Understanding our Moon sign can lead to greater self-awareness and personal fulfillment. When I discovered mine, everything made sense and I have felt so much more peace. 

Ready to discover yours? Head to Cafe Astrology and enter your details. When you find out, will you please let me know in the comments below? I’m so intrigued!

6. Journal with the Moon

I do hope you’ve loved reading about all the magical ways you can connect with the Moon. Ready to start?

For me, journaling with the Moon is one of the most transformative rituals we can add to our life.

I have found this gorgeous guide for you that will take you through every Moon phase and be your mentor as you document your deepest intentions throughout each and every cycle. Access the journal prompts here.

Dearest soul reading this right now, alongside your dreamy Rose Moon Milk, and these potent ways to connect to the Moon, I wish you a journey to the deepest realms of wonder and enchantment so that you can truly feel and embody your own world, and the world around you, that can be filled with more magic than you could possibly imagine. 

Remember that the Moon is our Earth-home’s satellite. Oh, how much power she holds! From our oceans to our crops to our moods. It’s no wonder she is so revered and has been studied and worshipped for thousands of years.

Now, it’s time for you to bathe in her divinity and encapsulate some of her power into your own life.

I would SO love to know what Moon rituals you already have, what your relationship with the Moon already is, and of course, what you thought of your Rose Moon Milk!

Until then, many more dreamy recipes to follow! The summer sadly gifted me an outbreak of Pompholyx (dyshidrotic eczema) over my hands and feet and as a result, I’ve had many a broken night with the distressing amounts of itchiness and discomfort Eczema brings. However, as I find gentle ways to soothe myself, I will be back and oh how I’ve missed you all!

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How to Support Your Friend and Loved One With a Chronic Illness

How to Support Your Friend and Loved One With a Chronic Illness

Before I start this post I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you for creating time and spaciousness in your day to read this post with a selection of ways you can support your friend or loved one with a chronic illness.

You’re either here because you’re a friend or loved one to me, Georgie, or, you’re here to educate yourself on compassionate actionable ways to learn how to best support your own friend or loved one.

Whatever the reason that you are here, I am truly endlessly appreciating you for wanting to be the love in the room for your friend and loved one.

Your choice to be here and receive these words means so very much. I don’t take your time or heart lightly. It truly is such a gift to me and others that live with chronic illnesses.

The other reason this means so much to me is that today is World Scleroderma Day (the date of the 29th June marks the death of the artist Paul Klee who passed away from Scleroderma in 1940) and in the midst of a series of ongoing flares, this has meant that physically and emotionally I’ve been unable to show up for this all-important awareness month as I have done since my diagnosis in 2018.

I need you all more than ever, and your chronic illness friends and loved ones need you more than ever too. If there is even just one thing you’re able to action from this post it will create a ripple effect that will transform the lives of those you love and beyond. Thank you so deeply once again for being with me here.

What is a Chronic Illness?

Before I share more about Scleroderma and this all important awareness month let me first break down what a chronic illness actually is.

The definition of a chronic illness is a “disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects”

But even without that description, the name says it all — chronic Illness.

The chronic nature of these illnesses means that day in, and day out, we are faced with an ongoing battle that never ends.

Unlike other sicknesses, there is no end in sight. So, unless you hold out for a miracle or a new cure, these chronic illnesses will follow us in some way, shape, or form for the rest of our life.

Interestingly, the earliest origins of the words ‘chronic’, then known as ‘cronik’ in English, have always been linked to diseases that translated to “lasting a long time.”

In other languages, we can see it in old French words such as “chronique” and directly from the Latin word “chronicus”, from Greek “khronikos” that also illustrate that throughout time this word has had an association with the concerning of time and disease.

To illustrate this sense of chronic-ness for those looking in from the outside, think of a time when you have had a cold or the flu and how that made you feel. Or imagine an injury you have had and the pain you experienced with it. How did you feel? Would you have done anything to make it stop? Did you look forward to the day when you would start to feel better again?

Can you now imagine the above for 365 days a year, every year, and 24/7? Because this is the reality of chronic illness. It feels like you’re carrying a heavyweight which nobody can see but you.

It hurts, it’s exhausting, you’re consumed with ongoing grief and you feel constantly burdensome. And I live with 6 of these chronic illnesses (today I’d like to focus on Scleroderma due to the period of awareness however other posts on these other illnesses can be found here).

World Scleroderma Day – 29th June

June is Scleroderma Awareness Month with the 29th June marking World Scleroderma Day. You can head to the Scleroderma registered charity SRUK to find out more about this right here.

However, each and every single day, however, is important for all of us suffering from Scleroderma.

We are always fighting for our voices to be heard and to raise awareness for all of the illnesses, visible and invisible.

This June I have been unable to create any new posts due to being in the midst of a severe skin flare. As a result, I am truly passionately calling on anyone to read this to help in any way they can.

raynauds hands

WHAT IS SCLERODERMA?

Scleroderma, is a rare, chronic disease of the immune system, blood vessels & connective tissue and affects 2.5 million people worldwide with sadly no cure.

There are a few variations of Scleroderma. These include: Localised SclerodermaLimited Scleroderma and Diffuse Scleroderma.

I have limited systemic sclerosis meaning that the excess of collagen causes scarring and stops the affected parts of the body such as the heart, oesophagus, blood vessels, kidneys, lungs, blood pressure and digestive system from functioning normally. You can read all about my journey with my symptoms and my diagnosis here.

Currently, it’s estimated that 2.5 million people are living worldwide with Scleroderma, including 19,000 in the UK, with 1,300 being diagnosed every year.

This month, SRUK is calling on people to #KnowScleroderma better in a bid to both help people with the symptoms find the resources they need, and help friends and family support those that are suffering from this truly cruel disease. 

This video illustrates Scleroderma in an easily absorbed way:

a photo of raynauds disease

12 Ways to Support Your Friend and Loved One With a Chronic Illness

This post idea came to me in desperation as I have been unable to find a break in my flares to add any new post ideas to the all-important discussion of Scleroderma awareness in June.

This list of ideas for friends and loved ones is by no means complete, however, these are the things that I secretly wish to experience more in my life.

(To anyone with a chronic illness who may be reading this, is there anything else you would add to the list above? Please let me know in the comments and I can add it in.)

Again: Thank you so, so, so much again for reading and taking any action that is possible for you. There are many of you reading this who know me intimately and do all of these things and more. Wherever possible, please lead others with your dedication to love in action.

1. Take care of yourself

There’s not really an order to these supportive suggestions that came to me, however as I was editing the post, I truly wanted to highlight the importance of bathing yourself in your OWN self-love, self-compassion, and self-care. Because like the friend or loved one you’re supporting, you’re also a precious once-in-a-lifetime miracle. 

The notion of self-care and self-love completely eludes so many, and yet taking the time to come back home to ourselves is truly the greatest gift we could all give ourselves.

Most importantly, it is only when you have focussed on taking care of yourself in a healthy way that you can then share the bounty of your self-love and self-care in a healthy way with your chronically ill friend or loved one.

Yes, at this point we can also definitely talk about privilege, but I personally believe that more than ever we are deeply overwhelmed and bombarded with so many different expressions of suffering in any given day. As a result, this is a lot to hold and it can lead to people feeling they’re unable to offer anything at all.

I would personally rather my friends and loved ones came from a place where their cups were full and nourished and coming from their true ability to give.

Because your friend or loved one with a chronic illness like me, might feel like a constant burden so truthfully, we need those that can give from a healthy place rather than an obligation or their own guilt. And we need you so, so, so much.

So with all my heart, I want my loved ones and friends to completely bathe themselves in self-care because otherwise none of the rest of the points below can be actionable when you don’t deeply look after yourself first and foremost.

Another reason why this means so much to me is that I cannot fathom what it must be like to have a body that’s not in constant turmoil. If you know good health, you are the luckiest person in the whole entire world. You hold the greatest treasure. Please, please cherish that and have deep reverence for your health.

2. Research your friend’s conditions so your actions can support this when you are with your friend/loved one

In 2018, when I came out of an appointment that was the diagnosis of my Scleroderma, I was so numb and so empty that I went home, curled into bed, and trawled Google for hours. I couldn’t speak to anyone properly for weeks and I only had the mental energy to copy and paste the same message to many to explain what was going on. After all, I hadn’t even come to terms with it myself.

When my friends and loved ones mentioned that they had researched my condition in the midst of this it truly made my heart melt. These are the relationships that I’m truly so, so grateful for.

I understand that some of these conditions with these unfamiliar names can seem alienating, however, as time goes on, I honestly find it deeply exhausting and retraumatising to explain everything in detail. So, those who do their own research for the most part and then ask for clarification are my greatest gifts.

Even just sharing details above about what Scleroderma is, is very traumatising, as well as this whole awareness month. Truthfully, I have always felt that my dharma is helping people and holding space for the unimaginable, but these past few years have tested my ability to constantly be sharing about my own lived experience so vulnerably.

So, I would beg of those that want to help to please read up on the condition and tell other friends or family members about it. The more people that know, the more research that gets done (and we’ve seen the great blessing this research can birth during this pandemic).

Moreover, once people have taken the time to research my illness, it also gives the great gift of being able to understand what my basic needs are so I don’t have to always feel like a burden for not being able to do certain things.

Basic-needs with Scleroderma can include the following (but are not limited to just this list):

  1. I’m always cold and have severe Raynauds disease (see photo two above) so this means that I cannot get too cold or I can faint or have other complications. This means that in cooler weather I’m unable to sit outside/be outside for too long.
  2. Due to severe Gastroparesis (a common relative to Scleroderma) I am unable to eat much and follow diets such as the low-fodmap diet in order to manage this symptom. I beg of people to please, please, please, please don’t comment on how little I eat and bear this in mind if we eat together. I am physically unable to gain any more weight than I already have so this is a deeply sensitive topic when people comment on this. These words burn in my soul.
  3. I get severely fatigued so my energy is severely different from those without chronic illnesses. There are so many instances of how this impacts my life so please understand that I need hours and hours of rest in the day. I have finally come to peace with resting deeply but it’s still traumatising to hear words such as ‘lazy’ and ‘weak’ in association with this symptom.
  4. I have severe pain in my hands so I can’t open things well or hold things. My hands ache from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed. Sometimes this makes me clumsy. People who offer to carry things for me mean the absolute world.
  5. As well as Scleroderma I have other chronic illnesses that give me problems with vertigo (so I am regularly light-headed and can faint).

3. Actively help and show up to raise awareness

To save this section from getting too long I have left a small list of ways you can help me to raise awareness of Scleroderma not just in June, but all year long.

In fact, I’d argue autumn and winter is an integral time for raising awareness due to Raynaud’s problems being even more noticeable and severe.

You have the ability to save someone’s life if you notice one of the symptoms in someone you love.

4. Be understanding and listen

“In order to emphasize with someone’s experience, you must be willing to believe them as you see it, and not how you imagine their experience to be”

Brene Brown

I think that truly listening (to understand), being a witness to each other, and holding space will continue to change the world.

Despite what’s going on with my conditions, I always want to hold space for pain, fear, and hope in others in the best ways I can. And I so long for others to do the same for me and these illnesses I am carrying.

Being understanding and listening are the greatest gift you could give to your friend with a chronic illness.

Thankfully, whilst yes, I personally I can thrive on silence, solitude, and aloneness more than most, I am no stranger to soul-deep loneliness. I long more than anything in the world to be seen, heard, and held in my humanness as we all do.

Profound loneliness and feeling constantly misunderstood are two of the most painful parts of living with a chronic illness for me.

Tragically, growing up, this sense of alienation has always felt more pronounced with my peers who I find get uncomfortable holding space for chronic illness because it reminds them that we aren’t infallible and immortal.

The older I get, and the more isolating this becomes (I have a detailed post on losing relationships due to chronic illness here) however I am slowly learning to accept that if people can’t hold space for me dealing with a chronic illness, then I can’t rely on them to hold space for me with other difficult things.

Ultimately, what this experience has taught me is how I wish people would understand how hard it is to feel loved while being pressured to be something you’re not. It feels so hard to encapsulate in words, but that’s how I feel living with these illnesses.

One of the most uncomfortable portals of self-discovery for me has been learning to heal from feeling abandoned when I have come to realise that people can often love or admire a version of you in their head that isn’t the living, breathing, hurting, real you.

So, if you are unable to witness, understand and listen to your friend or loved one in their current reality than please, please step away and don’t break our hearts.

5. Don’t try to heal them/ fix them

This is such a huge topic and personally, I believe as someone living with multiple chronic illnesses that I am allowed to wish for a future where there could be a cure for my illness. Especially as I have forever been deeply imaginative and idealistic with child-like optimism. It’s just my nature to see the world and all things in it through rose-coloured glasses.

And yet, I have tried and tried and tried to will myself back to health to no avail.

I spend every single day of my life doing this. I’m also bombarded with everyone commenting on what I should do/take and yet they haven’t experienced what it’s like to be in this body of mine.

Ultimately, all your chronically ill loved one wants for those around me is for my pain to be held when they need it. Not to be fixed. Because they are not broken.

Having said this, wellness, ironically, has always been a huge interest for me. I passionately use natural therapies and various modalities of healing practices alongside my medication. And if my intuition and soul calls for something more then I will seek the wisdom where I can find it.

If I approach you with a curiosity to try something new pertaining to natural therapies and remedies then it’s perfectly fine to open this portal of discussion up.

Ultimately, I take sacred stewardship over my vessel and look for new ways to tend to it, and look after it every day. 

These days, I just long for the day to bring all that is needed for me to be of service and for me to extend love. So that’s what I crave help with the most from my friend and loved ones.

Meanwhile, my body relays information and quiet awareness of how to care of myself. And that’s my daily compass.

6. Ask how they are and regularly check-in

As a chronically ill person, there’s often social pressure to ‘perform wellness’ even when I’m in the midst of another sinister flare (I have a detailed post on losing relationships due to chronic illness here).

As a result, whilst answers to questions such as “how are you” might read “I’m fine” on paper I’m definitely not fine. I also need to be able to be more comfortable in my vulnerability, but as I tread this path, it takes immense courage to trust people will still want to be in my life.

Please don’t always feel that you have to be able to find the right words. It’s far better to check in than to give up on us and abandon us altogether.

You can just ask if we’re okay, if there’s something you can do to help, or just sit and be with us if you are able to.

Some days we might just want distractions, some days we might want a soothing cuddle, and other days we might just want someone to sit with us in our pain.

If I am needing to be held in my brokenness, I always check to see if you’re currently able to hold this. If you can’t I truly don’t mind because I always want you to be nourishing point 1 of this post.

However, if you are able to hold space, please don’t try to change the subject if we do decide we want to talk about our sadness or our concerns about our health, and you have expressed you are actually able to hold space. A willingness to meet this sort of vulnerability takes a colossal amount of courage.

In all ways, just simply be there for your chronically ill loved one and show you’re thinking of them. Because most days it can feel like no one truly cares.

Where we are able to be there for someone, it is imperative that we not shy away, that we not let each other down. 

7. Believe Us: Don’t pity/judge/shame them/think they are chasing attention

All we need is your support, love and understanding. And for you to believe us. What we absolutely don’t need is judgement, pity and shame.

I have experienced multiple levels of judgement, pity and shame growing up with chronic illness. And what I know so deeply to be true is that narratives that create shame, poison relationships, and the self, and cause lasting harm can sometimes be eternal.

Over the years I realise that my internal mind has converted the shame and judgment that has been projected onto me into perfectionism. So I find it extremely hard not to allow myself to rest and nothing I attempt ever feels good enough.

Ultimately the cruel exchange of not validating our lived experience creates indescribable pain on top of everything we already battle with. And in my weakest moments, often when I am in the most pain, I have to work extra hard to allow myself to not wallow in the wounds of all the times my illness has not been validated.

Examples of shame and judgment have been revealed in people pulling apart or scrutinizing my methods of healing, situations where people have called me ‘lazy’ when I battle debilitating fatigue, times when I was told I was being ‘overly dramatic’. And so it goes on.

Over time, I’ve trained my tender heart and mind to release the need for outside approval as a prerequisite for my own wellbeing. However, trying to live a profound, balanced life under the weight of that sense of shame has been the hardest thing for me to deal with.

8. Give us time/ be flexible and patient

When you live with a chronic illness uncertainty becomes tethered to your existence. I never know what the day will bring and therefore this makes it hard to plan.

However, this is just how chronic illness and pain works. So my final point is a call for patience, time and flexibility with your loved ones living with chronic illness.

I may not able to be part of your big celebrations, or well on the day for that Zoom call we had planned. Although with all my heart, whenever I know I have something planned with someone I love, I make sure to top up my self-care by a million more per-cent. So, my longing to be with you is always immense.

To you reading this once more: I see you and I love you all for your patience. For not only making it to this last point (!) but also for wanting to take time to learn how to cultivate patience, faith, love and grace for those you love and cherish. You’re a gift to the world and beyond.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT ME DURING SCLERODERMA MONTH AND BEYOND

To accept that modern medicine cannot restore you and that there is no cure is an ongoing grieving process. It can also be exhausting to raise awareness for chronic illnesses.

In May of this year, I wrote a post really leaning in the depth of my vulnerability to share the effect living with Scleroderma, and other illnesses, has on my mental health. You can read this post here.

Any help you can lend to me and other Scleroderma sufferers this month means more than words can express.

So how can you help this very important day? Here are some ways:

  1. Firstly, it would mean so much if you could share this post you’re reading or any of the posts from my Scleroderma series you can find below. This small gesture is so powerful.

2. Beyond this, this post contains all the symptoms I had before I had my Scleroderma diagnosis. Do you recognise any of these in either yourself or your loved ones? If so please help yourself or others by directing them to help.

3. Are you able to share information about Scleroderma to your social media? Please use your platforms to reach as many people as possible.

4. Are you able to deliver leaflets about Scleroderma in your local area? This can include hospitals, GP surgeries, schools, colleges, the workplace etc. Find ways to seek awareness material here.

5. Are you able to make a donation to SRUK? Or if not, do you know someone who can?

6. You can also help me by supporting my Depop shop. All money raised from items sold here is sent to SRUK. The link is right here and I update it as often as possible.

Finally: Thank you. Just so, so much. Thank you for taking the time to read this and engage in any way you can.

I sincerely love each and every one of you so very much and your constant love and support here is the strength that I will use to create impossible things. 

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Caffeine-Free Chai Latte and Moon Mylk for Raynaud’s Awareness Month (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Is there anything more comforting or cosy on a cold winter’s day than a mug of warm aromatic milk? Well, this caffeine-free Chai Latte/Moon Mylk is a blend of dreams that I adore to help with my Raynaud’s Disease!

February is Raynaud’s Awareness Month and, as a result, my February posts will be dedicated to the theme of this awareness. This is the second post from the series for 2021, but I truly think that everyone will find this Chai Latte extremely comforting.

Caffeine-Free Chai Latte for Raynaud's Awareness Month (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Caffeine-Free Chai Latte/Moon Milk for Raynaud’s Awareness Month (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Georgie xoxo
Is there anything more comforting or cosy on a cold winter's day than a mug of warm aromatic milk? Well, this caffeine-free Chai Latte/Moon Mylk is a blend of dreams that I adore to help with my Raynaud's Disease!
February is Raynaud’s Awareness Month and, as a result, my February posts will be dedicated to the theme of this awareness. This is the second post from the series for 2021, but I truly think that everyone will find this Chai Latte extremely comforting.
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Milk of choice (I'm using Oat milk today)
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Cardamom Pod
  • 1 Allspice
  • ¼  tsp Grated Nutmeg/Syrup/Powder (I'm using Nutmeg syrup)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla pod/Extract
  • ¼  tsp Ashwagandha Powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup (or any sweetener of choice like honey, brown rice syrup, date syrup etc)

Instructions
 

  • Add 1 cup of the milk of your choice to a saucepan.
  • Add the Cinnamon Stick, Cardamom Pod, Allspice, Grated Nutmeg/Syrup/Powder and Vanilla to a saucepan on a medium to low heat. You don't want this to boil.
  • Add the Maple Syrup/ sweetener and Ashwagandha Powder if using.
  • After 5 minutes, sieve the mixture into your mug (don't discard the mixture you have sieved. You can always add it to a bath or blend it for other uses).
  • Finish your latte/moon milk with decoration if you wish. I left my cinnamon stick in, and sprinkled the top with a tiny bit of raw cacao. 
Keyword chai, chai latte, gastroparesis, gerd, moon milk, raynauds disease

What is the difference between a Chai Latte and Moon Mylk?

So, what is a Chai Latte?

Chai is the Hindi word for tea. So, chai is simply tea! As for the taste, chai is characterised as a specific type of tea that’s filled with warm spices and then sweetened.

I’m making this a Chai Latte because I’m blending the essence of the tea with a warm, nourishing milk. And so, you can also call this recipe a Moon Mylk.

Moon Mylk is a warm milk with spices, herbs and added nutrients that are all magically blended together to bring about complete serenity and balance. And isn’t the name alone ‘moon mylk’, that little bit more enchanted!

If you haven’t heard of a Moon Mylk before it’s possible you know what a Golden Milk is as they are increasingly making their way into the highstreet chains.

A Golden Milk is one of the earliest types of Moon Mylks that comes from the Indian drink “Haldi doodh” that translates to “turmeric milk” in Hindi.

In Ayurveda traditions from India, Golden Milk is used as a common remedy for insomnia. Today, we’re also utilising the power of these magical ingredients that can also help boost circulation as well as relaxation.

What ingredients are in a Chai Latte/Moon Mylk?

So what goes into this Chai Latte/Moon Mylk? Well, firstly you’ll want to pick your favourite Milk of choice as the base. 

Milk (or mylk as many vegans refer to non-dairy forms as) naturally contains a combination of carbs and protein to help induce calming hormones that help you sleep. Today I’m using my go-to of oat milk as I find it a perfect base for this drink. I also love Rice Milk for the natural sweetness or hemp as it is one of the most environmentally friendly plant-based mylks to use.

I then dropped in my spices to this warming milk. I’ve fused this drink with a luscious mixture of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. You can truly create what your body and soul are craving.

The next common ingredient is an Adaptogen. These are a select group of herbs (and some mushrooms) that support the body’s natural ability to deal with stress. They are called Adaptogens because of their unique ability to “adapt” their function according to the specific needs of the body.

Ashwagandha is one of the most common of these Adaptogens and the one I’m using today (I get mine from The Natural Health Market). It’s wonderful for relieving stress and strengthening the immune system. Isn’t that what we all need right now?

By the way, if you don’t have an Adaptogen, stop at the spices and sweeten to your taste!

The final part is very intuitive because you can really work with your creativity when it comes to taste and adorning the Chai Latte/Moon Milk to your preference. I always love to leave my cinnamon stick in the milk for extra taste. It also makes a lovely natural stirrer!

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I hope you love every sip of this comforting chai latte/ Moon Mylk and that it’s something that can comfort and nourish you as we come to the snowy and icy finale of this winter season where I am in Northern Hemisphere.

Finally my dearest ones, do you have any requests for me this Raynaud’s Awareness Month? To find out more about Raynaud’s Awareness Month for 2021 please see this post here.

One of my most popular posts for Raynaud’s Awareness is: My Top 10 Tops for Managing Raynaud’s.

I hope that series provides comfort to you as you navigate this Raynauds. Meanwhile, I am always a comment or message away if I can provide any other support.

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Ginger and Lavender Bath Soak Recipe for Raynaud’s Awareness Month

Ginger and Lavender Bath Soak Recipe for Raynaud’s Awareness Month

Disclosure: This post is not a substitute for medical advice. Do not take hot or salt baths if you are hypertensive, pregnant, diabetic, or if you have a history of heart disease. If you are unsure, please chat to your doctor.

February is Raynaud’s Awareness Month and, as a result, my February posts will be dedicated to the theme of this awareness. But I do hope you’ll all join me!

To start my monthly series, I have this gorgeous Ginger and Lavender Bath Soak Recipe that’s wonderful for circulation and for those that have Raynaud’s.

As the cooler weather arrives, there’s nothing I love more than a warm, fragrant bath. However, even if you don’t have Raynaud’s, I truly hope that this floral/spicy mix is something that truly nourishes you in the colder weather.

Made from a mix of spicy root ginger, Epsom salts and lavender, it’s all intertwined with a lavish oil of your choice to make your skin warm and silky soft.

This recipe is so simple to make that I have simply listed the ingredients below and it all just needs stirring together et voila!

I store my DIY bath soaks in glass jars and it’s so gorgeous to add extra sprigs of lavender and a ribbon for an easy-and deeply thoughtful handmade gift. For you and your loved ones!

Here are the ingredients you will need for this recipe. Of course, please do feel free to swap something listed below for what you have! You can especially play around with the oil and the essential oils. What magical mixture will you find? Be your own alchemist! (and let me know below what you dream up, please!)

When you’re ready to use your new bath soak, swirl some of the salt mixture into a hot bath. Then, allow yourself to immerse yourself in this serenity and aim to soak in the bath for about 20 to 30 minutes. Be sure to drink a full glass of water afterwards to restore hydration!

The base of Epsom salt is deeply detoxing for the body.  It also contains magnesium, which is a supplement our bodies are often deficient of! Coupled with lavender and ginger, your muscles and skin will melt into true and utter bliss.

I do hope you enjoyed this post and the first in my Raynaud’s Awareness Month series for this year!

One of my most popular posts for Raynaud’s Awareness is: My Top 10 Tops for Managing Raynaud’s. I hope it provides comfort to you as you navigate this condition. Meanwhile, I am always a comment or message away if I can provide any other support.

And finally, do you have any requests for me this Raynaud’s Awareness Month? To find out more about Raynaud’s Awareness Month for 2021 please see this post here.

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The Face of Depression: Art That Paints A Window Into The Soul by Jennifer Mazur Art

The Face of Depression: Art That Paints A Window Into The Soul by Jennifer Mazur Art

How would you describe depression? It often feels like it is impossible to describe the presence and magnitude of such an illness into words or feelings.

However, is it possible to encapsulate the depth of pain through art?

One artist who hopes to do just this is Jennifer Mazur who I have the honour of featuring on my blog this week.

In this interview, Jennifer explores the face of depression through her breathtaking paintings that aim to paint a window into the soul of those living with mental illnesses.

Raised under the Florida sun and living in tune with Swedish nature, Jennifer comes from a long line of artists. Today, her art is fuelled by her need to address mental wellness and she uses her art as a medium to raise her voice and smash the mental health stigma.

I too deeply believe that erasing the stigma of mental health in our culture begins with sharing our stories and realising that many of us are suffering. And so, I’m so incredibly grateful for Jennifer for sharing her story with us all.

Most importantly, I also hope this interview and Jennifer’s art serves as a reminder that you are never ever alone as dark and lonely as it sometimes seems.

Hi Jennifer! Firstly, can you please tell my readers all about your beautiful art and how it came to be? 

Absolutely. I have been creating art forever, but this year, during the Covid pandemic, I lost my mom. Then I lost my job as a result of wanting to be by my mom’s side.

Because of mom, I found myself naturally moving away from just aesthetically pleasing art to art that evoked emotion and found that it talked to a specific audience about something that pissed me off- The stigma of mental health.

Plus, without a job I’ve had a whole lot of time.

You describe yourself as a ‘Emotive, figurative, mixed media artist’ and on a mission to remove the stigma of mental health. Can you please tell my readers more about this? And how you approach this in your beautiful artwork?

I have spent a huge part of my life “depressed” and with “ADD”. I have found it has been so difficult to get help. Even with friends- when I opened up and was honest, most people seemed to shy away from the topic, with a generic reply like, “Well, it will get better. Go for a walk.” And when I turned to social media I noticed that everything was just…. bullshit. No one was being authentic. No one feels amazing and awesome 100% of the time.

My work features women, “my girls”, who struggle with something they feel ashamed of, because they have been conditioned to think these things are shameful — Depression, ADHD, Bipolar, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Autism, or just plain ol’ loneliness. The list goes on and on. Because of the fear of being judged, they don’t show up completely. 

It’s as if using an Instagram filter. They show up all sparkly and perfect. However, that isn’t how they want to live. So they are breaking outside of the implied moulds that Society and Social Media expect. In a moment of strength, they decide to share their souls with anyone they trust. So my girls have a single eye that is more realistic, large, and wide open. Inviting people to look deep inside and connect on an authentic level.

Daring to break the stigma that mental health still carries in 2021!

You live in Sweden (one of my favourite countries!) but you’re originally from Florida in the USA. How have both locations inspired your artwork? And you as a person?

OMG yes. I grew up on the beaches of Florida and since being in Sweden I find my solitude in the woods. Plus in Stockholm, I am surrounded by water, which I love. Because of this, my palette tends to gravitate towards blues and greens. 

In the States my life was always so rushed — gogogo! — and here in Sweden it’s a matter of slowing down. At first it drove me crazy, but I have learned to appreciate it. Taking in the moments and enjoying them. And I no longer feed the perfectionist inside of me. Rather, I take things as they come naturally. Both in myself and in my art.

Can you remember your earlier creative memories?

I grew up in a family of artists. So I think my creative side was nurtured from a very early age. One of my first memories was wanting to make a book. So mom took a box, cut it up, made a book cover and tied pages inside with a red ribbon. She then wrote the words I shared and I illustrated them in crayon, paint and pen. Already mixed media! 

Can you please talk us through some of your favourite materials for your artwork?

So many! Everything goes. For example, when working on a canvas (not in my latest collection) I start every canvas by writing my wishes for the eventual owner in graphite. A small blessing of sorts. Then I cover it with gesso, acrylics, alcohol inks, markers, graphite, charcoal, watercolours, pens, moulding pastes, papers, literally anything goes.

Even with my current collection I use both watercolor and pen. And occasionally inks.

I love them all!

What is on your mood board, or in your mind, as you create?

Sometimes a specific song. It can be something I hear on the news. Or something a friend is struggling with. Often it’s just a matter of working from intuition. Just getting it down onto the canvas. Inspiration comes from everywhere. From living. 

Where do you create your artwork? And how do you work? For example, do you enjoy listening to anything as you work, or enjoy watching something? 

I have a studio at home where I create and have several playlists that I rotate. Often when outdoors, near water or in the woods, I bring a small sketchbook, paints and pens and just create small pieces for myself. Outdoors is the only place I don’t have music playing while creating.

How do you want people to feel when they look at your art?

I want them to feel seen and understood. To know that whatever it is that they are not wanting to share due to the fear of being judged is common and not something to be ashamed of.

I’d like to give them a small boost of bravery to help them share their authentic selves.

And for others, who don’t see themselves, I want them to have an Aha! moment. To recognize the fact that mental health is something we need to talk about. To not make shameful. And to realize the magnitude of what judgement does to others.

If you could have a piece of your artwork anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Oh goodness! I hadn’t thought of this before. I just want it to be visible to those who need it. Wherever that is.

Routines and rituals for the soul: can you tell us about the others little or big things that keep you feeling enchanted, joyful, connected and inspired?

I meditate a lot. I look at other artists’ work. I walk in nature. I light candles and take bubble baths. I follow a ton of Instagram accounts who are uplifting. I try to live a life of gratitude and look for it even in the most difficult moments. I read statistics on mental health (this keeps me connected, no joy here). 

Georgie xoxo is all about seeking whimsy, enchantment and wonder? How do these things show up for you? 

They show up in nature with the peace of the snow falling, the perfection of flowers and leaves and the sound of the waves rolling in. By appreciating a lot of mermaid, faery and fantasy art. And crystals with the colors, texture and the way they feel in my hands.  

Describe the your art or ethos in 3 words: 

Uplifting, whimsical and thoughtful

Where can we see more of your artwork? (social media, website etc)

www.jennifermazurart.com

www.instagram.com/jennifermazurart

Finally Jennifer, what is your one wish for the world?

To treat each other with compassion and understanding — without judgement.

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A huge thank you to Jennifer for opening up about parts of her journey living with mental illness and sharing such love and light through her methods of healing through art.

The healing power of creating art has long been recognised by artists for centuries from around the world, as evident in the work of Vincent Van Gogh to Edward Munch to Georgia O’Keeffe.

Living with a mental health illness is a long road, and one with many variables and actionable steps. Today, we can start by talking and Jennifer’s work so gently eases us into these conversations.

I’d love to know how Jennifer’s artwork makes you feel? Are there aspects of Jennifer’s story that resonates with you? What do you see when you gaze into her portrait’s eyes?

It’s always such an honour to hold space for you all here. Until then, like every single one of the faces that Jennifer paints, please always remember how special you are, how unique you are, and how much this world needs you just as you are right now.

For my Swedish readers, Jennifer is holding an exhibition of her work in January 2021. To find all the details head here.

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Purition Vegan and Dairy-Free Whole Plant Nutrition for GERD and Gastroparesis [AD-Gifted]

Purition Vegan and Dairy-Free Whole Plant Nutrition for GERD and Gastroparesis [AD-Gifted]

This post contains gifted items from Purition that has been marked in line with my disclaimer/policy

As a disclaimer: Obviously, this post is very much in loving creation especially for my fellow Gastroparesis friends, however, I do hope the recipes below inspire you the next time you make your smoothie or smoothie bowls!

In the Spring and Summer of 2020, I experienced a long insidious Gastroparesis flare. During this flare-up and as with all Gastroparesis flares, I go to my emergency liquid diet plan such as broths, smoothies or clear sweetened liquids (click here for additional information on managing a Gastroparesis flare).

However, as well as the above, it’s vital to get as much varied nutrition in as possible. Especially as these flares can last a significant period of time when they do arrive.

I’m a huge fan of vegan or dairy-free protein drinks. Unfortunately, they are not as easy to come by as you might think! Enter, Purition!

Purition is the creator of meal replacements made with simple wholefood, natural and plant-based ingredients.

Each sachet is a balanced blend of protein, fibre, healthy fats (from real food) that provides health and fitness essentials including naturally occurring vitamins and minerals. This is all ideal during a Gastroparesis flare!

I was kindly sent some sample from the Vegan and Dairy Free collection to try.

Read on below to see what I thought!

For additional information on managing a Gastroparesis flare, and the next stage, I have an extensive post right here.

Purition Vegan Wholefood Plant Nutrition Range

Purition proudly brands themselves as ‘pro plant’ and source directly from the timely and potent qualities of fruit, veg, grains seeds and nuts.

Moreover, Purition products are minimally processed, and in terms of their vegan range, everything is 100% plant-based.

As anyone who has ever tried medical meal supplements, you will know only too well how artificial everything tastes. Not to mention how overly sweet it all is!

To Purition there’s a big difference between ‘flavour’ and ‘flavourings’. Therefore, they infuse authentic essences into their products.

So, their Strawberry comes from strawberries, not just strawberry flavouring. Similarly, their Vanilla is made with pure Madagascan vanilla pods.

To Purition, they believe that if you use “real ingredients in well-balanced recipes, there’s simply no need for any lazy added sugars, artificial sweeteners, flavourings or fillers.” 

They go onto say:

“We’re here to ‘shake-up’ the shady protein shake landscape filled with fake shakes and diet/meal replacements.

Forget smoothies loaded with sugar, junk-filled protein shakes, spurious nutritional supplements & faddy diets. 

Purition is protein as it should be, helping to take the stress out of healthy eating.


Here is the heart and soul of everything Purition create, taken from their vegan range:

Balanced: Our balanced approach to nutrition using real food ingredient packed with naturally occurring nutrition is key to your success. Protein, Fats and Fibre combine to deliver energy, digestive support, vitamins, minerals to feel great.

Protein: 20g of the finest plant-based protein from seeds, nuts, pea protein, brown rice and hemp protein. For a better essential amino acid composition.

Natural Fats: 10g of natural fats, fat contain twice the amount of energy than carbohydrate but are hard to overeat without carbohydrate. Fat is also required to absorb fat-soluble vitamins and minerals.

Carbohydrate: 10g of total carbs with just 2g of net carbs. With 8g of fibre per serving (fibre is a carbohydrate which contains zero calories) but helps to regulate the digestive system and foster good gut bacteria.

How Purition Can Support Gastroparesis Flares

Before I dive into my thoughts on the samples I tried, I wanted to pause and touch on how protein drinks and meal replacements can be very beneficial to those that, like me, suffer from Gastroparesis.

Gastroparesis (also called delayed gastric emptying), is a chronic digestive condition.

With Gastroparesis, the vagus nerve and/or muscle damage can impair the stomach’s ability to contract and release properly.

Some refer to Gastroparesis as having a paralysed stomach (this is because Gastro equals stomach and paresis equals paralysis). This means that food and fluid in the stomach remain there for longer, hence Gastroparesis being described as “delayed emptying”.

I have lived with Gastroparesis for many years, and I write as extensively as I am able to about my experience here. To learn more about the condition I recommend starting with my post: ‘What Is Gastroparesis?’

As a result of having Gastroparesis, eating and drinking can be very distressing and troublesome. Every single day, I live with constant nausea and an internal battle of creating meals that my body is able to digest.

In this post I wrote called ‘Natural Therapies for Gastroparesis’ I touch on how I approach eating and drinking alongside natural remedies that help to soothe me when I need it.

More recently, I have been working with a Dietician to enable me to maintain a healthy weight as many who have Gastroparesis like me will understand how challenging this is.

When Gastroparesis patients like me experience flares, it can lead to long periods at a time of being on a liquid diet. And thus, in order to gain as much strength as possible, it’s vital to have support from meal replacements or similar supplements that are giving you all the vitamins and minerals you need to get through.

Protein drinks and meal replacements are indeed laden with artificial ingredients and sugar and I have really struggled to find something to match the abundance of goodness from the food I’d normally enjoy eating outside of a flare.

And even outside of a flare, I have tried to add one of these samples to my normal diet to help me get more calories into my diet.

Overall Thoughts on Purition for Gastroparesis

During my Gastroparesis last year I used the very thing that sustains me to get me through: seeking whimsy, wonder and enchantment!

For example, my Papaya and Strawberry Unicorn Bowl is something you could easily re-create with Purition. As a general tip, add a dairy-free milk that you truly love the flavour of, because it will become very potent and flavoursome in these blends.

In addition, these meal replacements make me feel like I’m ‘playing’ in the kitchen but nothing as mentally and emotionally trying as cooking.

My favourite flavour is most definitely the Strawberry flavour. It truly tastes like the real deal! I adore strawberries anyway, and they are so multi-tasking. Not too sweet, but not bland in the slightest. Here, I added a bit of rosewater and rose petals for the whimsical qualities you all know me for!

I also think that the Almond and Coconut flavours are such multi-tasking gems and would be dreamy bases for a smoothie bowl.

Finally, an honourable mention for the fun Pistachio flavour! This made for such a lovely smoothie bowl with raspberries.

Here are some of my favourite things:

  • The flavour ranges are stunning! SO creative and so enticing! There’s something for everyone. Very on-trend too.
  • They are not overly sweet and are a lovely base to add more things to.
  • The sample sachets are so perfect for travel! I always travel with bulky liquid drinks for my flares and this is such a light addition to my bags (however, also see the below!).

Here are some of my not so favourite things:

  • Something that truly transformed my Gastroparesis flare towards the end of the year was starting a Low-Fodmap diet. The Purition vegan range is not exclusively low-fodmap. Having said that, it’s gluten-free (something that has really helped me!) and because I have a severe dairy-intolerance it’s definitely more important for them to be free from dairy!
  • I mentioned it was travel friendly above BUT where you’re staying would ideally need a blender! You never know, perhaps a kind cafe or restaurant can help you out (I have had many trips that have accommodated me so kindly during a flare!)
  • I found some of the formulas thicker than others, and hence I made some into gorgeous smoothie bowls (I actually prefer it this way!).

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Thank you to Purition for introducing me to your brand. I hope that by introducing your products here, it can reach someone who is vegan or dairy-free and searching for ways to help them during a Gastroparesis flare.

I’d now love to hear from my Gastroparesis readers: what meal replacements have you currently found? How do you manage a flare?

I’d love to hold space for you here so please do leave a comment below.

For some of my whimsical recipes for Gastroparesis head here. For additional information about Gastroparesis, my series can be found here.

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Georgie xoxo is a blog for those seeking everyday whimsy, with a heart full of wanderlust focusing on travel adventures, pretty crafts, chronic illness and words on finding the meaning in life through wonder and enchantment.

It’s my ultimate hope that there has been something on my blog that has enabled you to travel into the deepest realms of wonder and enchantment so that you can truly feel and embody your own world, and the world around you, that can be filled with more magic than you could possibly imagine. 

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