My body seems to hate me. My pancreas is a bit of an arsehole (I’m diabetic), my cholesterol hasn’t got the memo about where I need it to be, it would appear that my gut has more issues than a Jeremy Kyle guest (suspected IBS), I need to lose weight (I have PCOS and a metabolism that has been sleeping since 1995) and other fun stuff. I’ll not be beaten though.

Clearly my body is somewhat lackadaisical in the behaviour department. I’ve been on a diet pretty much constantly since I was 18yr old (mostly swinging between SW and WW) with some success. In recent years a mixture of boredom and these plans just not suiting my somewhat unique situation has meant that progress has ground to a halt. I was diagnosed as type 2 diabetic last year after years on Metformin as a pre-diabetic and thankfully have a brilliantly supportive health team.  

Seeing what I eat and how hard I’ve been trying to lose weight and deal with my various health issues, my fab health team are confident that I’m doing all that I can. As what I’m doing hasn’t been particularly successful in terms of managing my diabetes and losing weight I’m cranking things up a bit. I’ve adopted a lower carb / Meditteranean-type diet, and have even started looking at including aloe vera juice (there is evidence that it helps with blood glucose, cholesterol and gut health so I’m giving it a go) and yesterday ate Freekah for the first time (which I’m pronouncing freaky because it sounds good).

Will it help, will it not? There’s only one way to find out. Thankfully it doesn’t taste vile so that’s a bonus!

Cutting out all processed food and snack foods (I’ve not eaten either for years), avoiding bread and being strictly dairy-free (gut issues), not drinking alcohol, not having a sweet tooth and eating basic home-cooked, nutritious meals constantly (in sensible portions) would, you would think do the trick. It hasn’t and isn’t and I can’t afford to be complacent. 


I take your healthy balanced diet and increased activity levels and raise you a concerted effort to boost health from the inside out, taking any (sensible) options that are available to me. If that means trying new things (no faddy, juice plus, artificial nonsense thank you), I’m game.

Here’s hoping that my next diabetic review (end of June) shows some good results! I’m six pounds lighter in a month since my last review so here’s hoping these changes make a difference.

Any recipes, nutritious foods or sensible suggestions are most welcome. 

Riverford Organic Vegetable Boxes

Getting my veggies delivered is something I’ve been wanting to do for years. I just didn’t get around to it (just call me the Queen of Procrastination). There has been a lot of talk of home grown food and autumn soups on Twitter recently and seeing as the only thing I can grow are weeds I figured it was time to look into it.

As a veg box virgin the first thing I did was my research. I bypassed Google and went to the font of all knowledge, Twitter. By and large the positive comments far outweighed the negatives for having a box delivered and Riverford seemed well known and respected so to the Riverford website I went.

 The site is very easy to navigate and by entering my postcode I could see where my local delivery came from, who would bring it and most importantly, what was in each box!

Riverford offer a range of seasonal boxes of different sizes and with different contents. Being new to the veg box game I ordered a small vegetable box.

This is what was delivered:

I have to say that the pic doesn’t do the box justice but needless to say I was very impressed.

As this was my first delivery, the friendly delivery man brought me a starter pack and explained how it all worked. Is it sad to say I was very excited? Probably, but not needlessly, the quality of the veg we received was outstanding!

Will we be ordering again? I already have, this time I’ve made my own box up rather than going for a set one, (I like to try everything out and see what works best for us) and I’m looking forward to the next delivery.

Would we as a family recommend Riverford? Absolutely! Expect to see some healthy and hopefully yummy autumn & winter recipes using our box contents soon.

** I haven’t been contacted by Riverford and asked to review. These are our findings as a family after venturing in to veg box world for the first time 🙂