Day 9 Of Blogmas
A product Review of Aldi’s Gluten free Beetroot and Somerset Brie Nut Roast.
I purchased this product with my own money and am in no way affiliated with Aldi or the brand. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by anyone.
Whilst doing my weekly food shop in Aldi, I was mooching through the vegetarian frozen section and low and behold I came across this nut roast!
At first when I picked it up I didn’t notice the gluten free sticker, but once I had I was so excited.
Finally, have Aldi got something decent for vegetarian Coeliacs to eat at Christmas?
I decided to buy the roast and try it before Christmas.
When I got the product home I was surprised to find that there isn’t 1 but 2 individually wrapped nut roasts in the packet.
I thought this was a little bit unusual, but in someway quite useful. I mean who eats a whole entire nut roast to themselves? So having individual items seems quite a handy idea.
However if you have a large family of vegetarians that will all be eating the same nut roast you will need more than one box!
There are two types of nut roast you can choose from, a beetroot, brie and cranberry roast or a Quinoa & Cheddar with a red onion marmalade centre.
As I’m looking specifically for a Christmas roast I thought the cranberry one sounded the best, so that was the one I chose.
Over all I was impressed, the taste was nice but not over whelming.
After cooking the roast, it did appear to shrink down in size, as many foods do when cooked.
Another issue I noticed was that there wasn’t actually much substance to it. Even though the flavour was nice, I expect my nut roasts to have some bite and chew to them. This has very little. It is actually quite soft and not very substantial.
Overall, for the price, it is a good product.
Each box retails for £3.49 which is a fantastic price.
I love Aldi and the majority of their products and I’m so happy that they are finally trying to broaden their range and include gluten free products. However, I think though that perhaps these roasts would be better as an accompanying food to a dish.
I don’t think they would work well for your main Christmas dinner.
If you fancy giving these nut roasts a try for yourself, you can pick them up in Aldi stores now.
“I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. “
Day 6 Of Blogmas
For day 6 of Blogmas, I have decided to post a review of another Resonant Botanicals product that I have been kindly asked to review. I love this company and I love what they stand for, and most of all I have really enjoyed all their other products that I have tried. You can see my other product reviews of QI Of Calm and Invigorate by clicking the links.
First of all, though, I have to start by telling a little bit of an embarrassing story.
I have recently moved into a new place with my partner, but some of my posts are redirected to my mums for convenience. Including my products, I am reviewing.
So when this product was delivered, my mum sent me a text at work and said: ” you have a parcel here”. I was really excited to find out what it was, so I text back and asked her to open it for me.
A few minutes later, I had a text back saying “Oh god I wish I hadn’t opened that now” and a sad face emoji!
I had no idea what she was talking about, so I called her as soon as I could and asked what she was on about.
I nearly wet myself when I found out why. She thought it was some sort of sex massage oil that I had ordered for me and my partner – because it says “intimate massage oil” on the bottle!!!!
I quickly explained it wasn’t and I was reviewing it! My mum and I have a really great relationship, but even I was a bit embarrassed by this lol.
So anyway now I’ve got that out the way, on to the review.
What is Legatto?
So, based on my previous story above, I would like to clarify that Legatto is, in fact, a massage oil intended to be used for the ‘naughtier’ times in your life, however, it can be used anywhere on the body.
As with all of Resonant Botanicals products, it is completely natural. Which I love. As I’m sure like many of you, I’m sick to the back teeth of all the medications I have to take!
They even state they are an opioid alternative, which as we know, cant be a bad thing.
What is the product made of?
Rose essential oil
Sounds so relaxing, doesn’t it?
The product itself smells lovely, but not overpowering or chemically, which is really nice.
How Does It Work?
As mentioned before, Legatto can be used anywhere on the body, including intimate areas, in case you fancy a bit of ‘Netflix and Chill!‘
It is nice to have a product that can be used in a sensual way between partners. For many of us with chronic illness, many of us suffer from some ‘get up and go’ and need a bit of coaxing in that department. So this is the perfect excuse.
Overall I loved this product. I love the feel of it and the smell. It isn’t a runny product and doesn’t feel sticky either. It is fantastic as a topical massage oil and I use it mainly in my neck area. I also found that because it comes in a handbag size bottle for discretion, it is great to carry around for times where I have been at work and get sore feet or neck pain.
It is a multi-use product and not just for times your feeling a bit frisky!
Legatto retails at $20.00 per bottle – and even though it is a smaller product in the range, it will certainly last a long time. So this is a great price considering all of the essential oils used.
There is also a male equivalent product called Ahncore For Men, which also retails at $20.00 – a great gift for the man in your life!
Ahncore For Men – Image is taken from Resonant Botanicals Site.
If you would like to purchase the product you can do so by clicking Here
You can also purchase other products in from the company and if you use my code ‘SPOONS’ you will receive a 10% discount and Free Shipping!
Radioiodine for Hyperactive Thyroid – How Does It Work and What is The Process?
I am a hyperactive thyroid patient with Grave’s Disease and multi-nodular goitre. After three years on Carbimazole my thyroid was still not behaving, so the decision was made to tackle it with radioactive iodine.
A quick summary of the process is:
• Go off the hyperthyroid medication (Carbimazole or Propylthiouracil)
• 5 – 7 days later have a nuclear scan
• Capsule ordered from supplier
• A few days after nuclear scan, capsule is administered
All plans were in place. I was to have a nuclear scan of the thyroid on Monday and the radioiodine on a Friday. There was a minor hiccup when it was believed a cold nodule was detected by the nuclear scan – this would require a biopsy prior to taking the iodine.
As it turns out, once on the table for the biopsy, it was determined I didn’t meet the criteria.
A nuclear scan is a functional test, while the ultrasound is the structural test. The two need to be read in conjunction – once they took a look at my thyroid with the ultrasound, they were unable to confirm the nuclear scan suggestions, so I escaped. No cold nodule confirmed, therefore no biopsy. We were back on track!
Mind you, while the clinicians (of various disciplines) were busy making phone calls all over town to confer, I was sitting in trepidation, robed in yet more very attractive medical attire as you can see below. If I look like I’m thinking “what next?”, it is because I was!
That was Wednesday!
Thursday I really wasn’t well and left work early (again). This was the most difficult part for me, the not feeling well and therefore taking time off work periodically over the last couple of weeks. I slept very badly on Thursday night.
Was this because I was a little worried about the treatment, or was it typical hyperthyroid sleep disturbance?
I certainly didn’t feel worried, so I’m going with the latter. By then I had been off my thyroid medication for eleven days.
When I got to work Friday, I was told to go home. I had originally scheduled the capsule taking for 5:00 pm, the end of the workday. Given I was told to go home (they were right, I’d had very little sleep!) I called Nuclear Medicine to see if they could do me earlier.
Well, usually they could – but not on this particular Friday as the capsules had not yet arrived. But were on their way. So I trotted over and waited.
The capsule arrives in a little green bottle with a radioactive material warning sticker.
A couple of weeks before I had received an information pack outlining the food restrictions for the week prior and the isolation restrictions for specified periods after treatment. The isolation periods depend on the dosage. As I had 15.7 mCi, I am stuck with the longest isolation times.
I talk about the information below, but not in totality – if you are having this treatment, MAKE SURE YOU READ YOUR PATIENT INFORMATION BOOKLET!
I’m talking in general terms to give readers a feel for the process.
The food restrictions are around ensuring a low iodine diet for the week preceding the treatment. I am assuming, in my innocent patient mind, this is to ensure when we do take the capsule, our thyroid says something along the lines of “OMG, gimme, gimme that iodine, I’m STARVING“.
The formal documentation says, “In order to ensure that the radioiodine is properly taken up by your thyroid tissue…”, but I like my description better.
Not allowed were: bread or other baked goods, milk or other dairy products, fish, egg yolks, soy products, green beans, iodised salt or stuff with bright red food colourings. Meat alternatives such as vegetarian sausages were also not allowed.
I was allowed meat (beef, pork, lamb, chicken) egg whites, homemade bread (made without iodized salt), breakfast cereals, fresh fruit, vegetables and unsalted nuts.
Beer and wine were OK, but milk and tea had to be black.
I was eating bananas and cashews for breakfast because bacon and eggs on toast weren’t allowed (plus I don’t bake bread) and how was I supposed to eat cereal without milk or yoghurt?
Fast for at least two hours prior to treatment and at least two hours after treatment. It was recommended to me I fast for four hours after treatment. I was STARVING (after a banana and cashews for breakfast and the rescheduling meant no lunch) so I didn’t make it to exactly four hours.
I have to stay away from children under five years of age and pregnant women for 20 days. Stay away means:
• avoid spending more than 15 minutes per day within one metre of another person and maintain a distance of greater than two metres whenever possible • Sleep alone, abstain from physical relations • Avoid kissing.
The restrictions apply for 14 days for non-pregnant women and others over five years of age. Work restrictions depend on what sort of work you do, how close you work with other people and so on.
I have to do things like double flush the toilet (men should sit to avoid splashing – that made me giggle).
There are rules around washing bed linen and food preparation, most of which is not a concern as I live alone. The pamphlet includes twenty FAQs covering such questions as going to the movies, receiving visitors at home, catching taxis and using public transport.
The person administering the capsule spends quite some time with you to make sure you understand everything. Mine also understood my concern for my cat’s welfare and suggested I buy gloves to handle her. So I did. You also need these to pick fresh fruit and vegetables at the supermarket, although I had done a supply trip on Thursday night. Plus she is not allowed in my room at night. She has a special snuggly bed I bought a while ago in preparation for this event.
I have been worried about the fact this treatment can take three months or more to really work and I have also been feeling so bad without any medication at all. I can’t take three months off work! However, the latest advice I have received is that after four days it is OK to start back on my old meds temporarily – all I have to do is call my endocrinologist if I feel I am not well enough to work without some form of treatment. That is comforting. It also means I will hit my target of resuming Limberation work at the end of November!
So how am I now? Pretty darn good really. See for yourself!
Radioactive Nov 19 - YouTube
If overseas readers have trouble with my accent, that was about midday, just over 48 hours after my consumption of the radioactive material. I had already walked 7,000 steps going to the supermarket (yes, I kept two metres away from people). I feel perfectly fine, no adverse effects at all. I did not vomit.
I’ve had no swelling to speak of and no pain. It occurred to me today I haven’t had a nausea attack either, but that may be merely because up until today I did not do too much. Yesterday it poured with rain here, so walking wasn’t an option and I didn’t want to try going to the gym in case I contaminated gym equipment. I did feel a little weak on Friday afternoon.
I’m monitoring my skin as it seems to be improving now I am off the medication I’d been on for the last three years. If that continues to improve I will share the details another day.
So! Onwards and upwards! May the little capsule beat my thyroid into shape and may I again be full of energy!
My advice is don’t stop moving!
Yes, swallowing a little radioactive capsule can be a bit scary, but my advice is not to catastrophize the event and lock yourself away. Keep up your exercise regime as much as you can. Very few patients have reactions, which you will be warned about, but my experience has been as smooth as silk. How well it actually works is yet to be discovered, but I’m hopeful of a good outcome.
As I have eleven days off work now I am going to catch up on my exercise! The last week or so has been quite challenging with my thyroid doing whatever it felt like.
This article is written specifically from the patient perspective and should not be interpreted as any form of medical advice.
Suffering from chronic illness can take a toll on your body and on your purse, especially during the festive season!
So here are my top ways to make some extra cash over Christmas, that will take minimum effort and actually work! ….
There are no get rich schemes or MLM products in here.
I have been using the Roamler App for years now and love it.
It’s simple to use and easy to make some extra money.
The general purpose of it is, that your given job’s to do in shops. For example, take photos of shelves displaying certain items.
Each job is roughly awarded between £2 – £10 depending on the level of time and effort required.
Once completed, you send for approval. (if not approved, for example, the photo was blurry, you always get feedback). If approved your money is sent straight away, which can be cashed out instantly to PayPal!
Here are some examples of the tasks available in my area.
The only slight catch for Roamler is you do need a code to sign up, which are earned. I have 2 codes to give away. If you’re interested please get in touch with me.
You can find Roamler on The Google Play Store or download here