Monday Madness: Why I’m glad I gave up Gluten

I have given up gluten for nearly two years, and I am really glad that I am. Recently, I have realised why I am glad that I gave up gluten.

After having given up Gluten for over a year (nearly two), I have come to realise what benefits I have actually noticed from not eating gluten for a significant amount of time. After the holiday in Malaysia, where I ate gluten, I have noticed a lot of changes I wasn’t necessarily aware of before hand.

One of the things I noticed pretty soon after I gave up gluten in the first place was that my skin was a lot better, I generally had more energy and my general feeling of wellbeing was better. I didn’t feel as tired, sluggish or as hungry.

Recently, after the holiday and a recent meal that included gluten, I noticed several other  things that I hadn’t realised before.

Let me clarify.

Apart from loss of energy, bad skin, rise in appetite, a feeling of sluggishness and tiredness beyond normality, I noticed I had symptoms of a cold.
These symptoms very often arise due to allergic reactions to foods. I was coughing and my head was hurting, but only for a brief period of time directly after I ate a meal of gluten and dairy. Before I officially gave up gluten last year, I remember constantly feeling like having a cold, without actually having a cold. I kept coughing, and having a weird headache. Both of this stopped as soon as I gave up gluten, and resurfaced when I ate gluten again.

I also have polycystic ovaries, and have heck of a lot of pain during That Week. This noticeably decreased when I stopped eating gluten, and resurfaced dramatically when I ate gluten again. My Shark Weeks since having given up gluten had been what most could consider normal, with very little pain. So it’s not like it was a odd month or two out of the norm. It had been 12+ (close to 20) months in a row with very little pain and discomfort. Nothing compared to the pain prior to giving up gluten, or the pain I have right now because of having eaten gluten for three weeks at the end of June.

Furthermore, I sleep better without eating gluten, eat more healthily and my mood is better. I myself have also noticed that my ADD(/ADHD), Aspergers, GAD and Depression are easier to deal with when I don’t eat gluten. Every little helps, as they say.

I just thought I’d put this out there. It’s just personally what I’ve experienced and I really felt like I should share. Maybe someone will read this and it’ll help them. Additionally, out of personal experience, doctors hesitate to mention giving up gluten helps with mental health a lot, since they’d rather prescribe tablets and stuff.

Anyway. I’m going to go curl up in a ball, hug a hot water bottle, and drink some tea.

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I somehow came across Recovery Letters from those who have struggled with different forms of Depression. I skim read one of them, which dragged me out of a little black whole. At the same time, I couldn’t read the whole letter, nor could I read any others out of fear they might trigger me. Despite this, the idea of having these letters of recovery to read, made me feel better, and a bit stronger.

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Typical British Summer: Rainy Days

Rainy Days: Read a book (or a few)

When the weather fails you, and you’re by yourself: pick up a few books, read and binge  watch Netflix shows, movies and youtube videos.

The Agricola and The GermaniaThe Agricola and The Germania by Tacitus

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I saw this in a second hand book shop, I was immediately interested in it. The introduction itself is lengthy and interesting. Having lived in Germany and England, and having a huge interest in historic aspects of both countries, this was an absolutely amazing find and an amazing read.

Britain and Germany are always compared to “contemporary Rome”, which allowed me to learn a bit more about historic Rome, as well. The character of Tacitus, despite the text having been translated into modern English, still comes through -for me anyway. The introduction does say, that there had been huge difficulties in translating his texts, since his personality is very dominant in his writing. Personally, I think they did as well as they could, without knowing the original texts, sources, etc.

Purely because of his personality, and the way the book is written, I’d recommend this book to a lot of people. For the writing alone is worth picking up this book. And it’s very short, but manages to convey quite a decent amount of information.

This book not only talks about the differing warfare of Britain and Germany, but also different germanic tribes and characteristics. I’m personally not one to enjoy reading much about warfare or anything like that, but I found it still very interesting.

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City Pink Nights

John Herbert

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Time is a Devil

I am actually not sure if time is the devil, or my laziness. I thought I had a routine. But apparently not. I’ll be focusing on daily blog posts again, to get into the routine of writing every day and being productive, using the time to get the most out of this blog.

Writing blog posts creates a feeling of productivity, which is weird. I only want to write posts for myself, which is also the only reason I want to do youtube videos. It’s all for myself. I feel like I achieve something on a personal note, beyond anything else. That probably doesn’t make any sense but it does for me.


Tomorrow is my graduation, it’s looking very likely that I’ll be doing my masters, and I’m going to Japan for six nights in September, and I cannot contain my excitement!!

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My Three Pillars of Happiness

I recently decided to try really hard to be less materialistic and letting go of Heck of A Lot of things. For a while now, I’ve been wanting to focus on three main pillars that my Happiness is based on, but simply couldn’t narrow it down. Now, I finally managed to narrow down my list, and I feel comfortable and happy with what I have.

My Three Pillars of Happiness

My Family & Friends


Harry Potter

Some might think that the first one is pretty obvious, but, out of experience, I am one of the lucky few who has an amazing relationship with their parent(s) and/or step-parent. I get on really well with my mum and my stepdad and know that I’m ridiculously lucky. The same kind of goes for my friends. I have amazing friends who I can talk to about anything and everything and they just put up with me and make me feel liked and loved as a friend. I never seem to get on their nerves, and they certainly never get on my nerves.

I realised that travelling is the second pillar, while travelling. While on holiday in Malaysia, I realised how happy travelling made me. Experiencing different cultures and food is exciting and always an adventure. Speaking to different people from all corners of the world is equally amazing. Coming home always felt like I was leaving happiness elsewhere. I’m really glad I finally, finally realised that travelling is my second pillar. It’s giving me a real aim to save money and made me realise how important travelling is to my mental health.

The third pillar of my happiness is Harry Potter. Harry Potter got me into reading books and makes me feel part of a community without having to fit into certain criteria regarding gender, skin colour or language. The world of Harry Potter has kept me alive for many years and always puts a smile on my face somehow.

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5 English Language related Things

Five English Language things that are stuck in my mind because they amuse me

  1. Where is the autumn, winter or spring house??
    This came about because we moved house, and this new house has a summer house. We have two Foster Children who are learning English, and one of them correctly pointed out, that he’d never heard of a summer house. He then questioned why that word existed and where the autumn, winter and spring house were.
  2. Metaphor vs Metaphor
    I still pronounce this in a very german way. It just feels comfier pronouncing it that way, instead of the British way. Fun fact, I held a five minute presentation once about metaphors, and said it the German way the entire time. The teacher didn’t correct me until the presentation was over.
  3. Ridikulus vs ridiculous
    Thanks to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, every time I say ridiculous, I giggle to myself purely because of that scene in that movie.
  4. School vs Schule
    In Germany, I remember walking around making fun of the word “school” because we’d pronounce the sounds differently. It makes more sense in a video which I will be uploading on my channel, so make sure to check out my channel and subscribe so ya’ll don’t miss out on that video. I’m too lazy to write out the phonetics and everything for that at the moment oops.
  5. Lena vs Lina
    This is another thing where I’d ideally write out the phonetic differences between the German pronunciation of Lena and the British pronunciation of that name. This will be in the same video as School vs Schule.

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Behind the wheat, the sea...
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5 Things about the UK

Five Things that are still weird to me in the UK

So these are five things that are still weird to me compared to Germany. They’re all just based on personal opinion.

  1. The fascination with Oak Furniture.
    – Just don’t get it. How? Why?
  2. The weird (small) houses.
    Like. I don’t think I will ever get used to a lot of the houses here?
  3. Their love for carpets (EVERYWHERE).
    I hate carpets. And I have been to places where there had even been carpets in the restroom. Its just so impractical?
  4. Thank You Cards for teachers.
    I get this one, but also not really? But then I do feel like this country loves their cards more than Germany.
  5. Many people learn Spanish and/or German. What about French?
    This is just something I personally noticed around me to be honest.

Bonus: Not being able to deal with (non-)significant weather changes. Heavy Rain, Snow, Strong(er) winds and suddenly there is chaos everywhere. Random leaves floating around always creates trains to be late and/or cancelled in autumn, too.

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Back into Reading & Book Reviews

Now, post holiday and post house move, I’m finally getting back into reading I’m finishing off some lose ends by finishing two books I started on holiday. Surprisingly, I had problems reading a lot while on holiday, without any clear reason really.

Books I have read

WeWe by Yevgeny Zamyatin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this on my kindle and was immediately fascinated by the storyline. But the book didn’t captivate me at any point and struggled to keep up the momentum somewhat. I was interested by what would happen. At the same time, I wasn’t surprised by how it turned out.

I read this on holiday and I feel a bit off having had this as my holiday read. In hindsight I’m regretting having this as my holiday read, despite being glad that I read it.

Midnight MonologuesMidnight Monologues by Charissa Ong Ty

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed her poems and short stories. Many of the poems I found very relatable and spoke to me on a very personal level. At times, I even teared up. I picked this up on my way back home from holiday at an Airport, and I am so glad that I did.

So many of the poems, if not all of them, made me think a lot about myself. There’s some really deep stuff and it amazed me several times as to how deep some of the poetry actually was.

IntrusionIntrusion by Ken MacLeod

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book, but alas. The female characters are flat and boring as heck. The whole novel could easily be summarised into one paragraph. Not even half way through the book I disliked all of the female characters. Personally I think that a cis man writing a book with a pregnant woman and this “fix” explains why the female characters are so boring and not even vaguely stereotypical.

I just feel really frustrated and somewhat disappointed by this book.

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City Pride
John Herbert

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Three Things I learned at University

Now that my graduation is coming closer and closer, I thought it would be interesting to share three non-academic things I learned at University.

Three Things I learned

  1. Nothing is forever. Pain is temporary, you can get through whatever you have to get through and make the most of happy, memorable events.
  2. It’s not a bad thing to reach out to others. Asking for help is quite the opposite. Don’t ever hesitate to ask for help or to talk to somebody.
  3. I learned to push myself. Despite having GAD and Depression, I successfully managed to get through several presentations during my second and third year at University. Every presentation gave me more self esteem and confidence for the next one.

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4. Don’t wait around for others. Do things by yourself. If you’re scared of others judging you: they’re already judging you, so you might as well do whatever the hell you want.

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I have a few bookmarks that are currently not in books. They’re not special (well, to me they are).

Some are, obviously, from Book depository. Others I have gathered on Holiday. Ashdown Forest is a Forest a drive away from where I live and is really beautiful.

Some other bookmarks are currently sitting in books. At some point, I’ll gather them all and see how many I actually have. I can’t remember when I last actually bought a bookmark. The only one I can see that I actually bought is the one from Ashdown Forest last summer.

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The Peaks 20/05/2017
Matthew Dartford


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Spiderman: Homecoming -Initial Review

Spiderman: Homecoming -A (very) Short Review

This is a very short review of Spiderman: Homecoming and is really just my initial thoughts on it. I’ve only seen it once so far.

I enjoyed it, but I’m not sure how much I love it? It deals with some serious stuff, which I think is amazing. I love the action that happens. But something doesn’t quite feels right. None of the characters and relationships seem very in depth. They feel like they were just casually whipped up and were forgotten for most of the process of making the movie. Spiderman/Peter Parker himself is relatable, and so is what he’s going through with trying to prove himself.

All in all, I feel like I had hoped for so much more than what I got somehow. I think I’d need to watch it again, to really narrow down how I feel about the whole movie, the characters and everything. Then I might be able to also explain why I feel a certain way about things.


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