The Plastic Revolution

food processorAfter an awful couple of weeks (health, blah blah, vicious people blah blah), I have found ‘The Answer’.

Who would have thought that a modest plastic thing with two settings – plus a turbo boost – could bring me such joy?

Yes. My brand-new food processor has revolutionised my life.

I was standing there the other day feeding bits of butternut squash into it, the mash part of my vegetable pie. It may have taken a couple of years but I’m now embracing a much healthier diet, spurred on by the daily weight increase thanks to the dratted thyroid meds.

Anyway. There I was, letting my mind wander when it came to me, ‘hang on, why am I feeling this despondent about recent goings-on, all of which are outside my control?’

Hmm. This scenario was beginning to sound boringly familiar. A bit like MS.

As luck would have it, I saw my lovely neurologist last week who mooted a third course of Campath as there’s a couple more lesions, one which was active, on my last MRI. We chatted about it and it was obvious I was going to take the damage-limitation path and choose a third course.

So, my MS is, for now, manageable.

People, sadly, are not.

I’ve learned that if you keep getting cannon balls lobbed at you, you begin to duck.

Then you walk away.

Back to my food processor. I stumble home after work, a new recipe already printed off, ingredients waiting for me in the fridge. I chop, blend, pulse and pulverise. It’s unexpectedly therapeutic.

With no small amount of serendipity, The Teenager is also going through seismic changes. Hold the front page – Dominos has lost one of their most faithful customers.

He is going to the gym five days a week, losing the pounds and toning up. I’m currently researching chia-seed  and flourless birthday cake for next month when he turns 16. However, we have yet to get over his aversion to onions, red peppers, garlic, apples and porridge. Give it time.

So, where are we? Me and The Teenager are doing just fine. We’ll both get through this and we’ve both got a whole lot to look forward to. At times it seemed our little family unit might implode under the dual pressures of MS and those few rogues intent on making our lives a misery.

They can pack up their cannon balls and leave. And let us get back to what we enjoy doing the most – looking after ourselves.

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12 thoughts on “The Plastic Revolution

  1. David says:

    Hi another good post. How is the course going? I keep trying the kale mango spinach drink I quite like it now its just the colour have to get used to. The tweet the other night I hope I didn’t offend you with it, it would be great if you could make the Ice Ball. Glad you had a good time at Austrian GP, beer and sausage. Will Dominos pizza shares drop!!!. Keep the blogs coming X

    • stumbling in flats says:

      So great to hear from you!
      Course is going really well – one of my short stories has been accepted for an anthology, due to be published in the autumn. Very exciting!
      Wasn’t offended at all – just still in my, ‘gah, me so fat, can’t wear a dress’ phase :-(. I hate thyroid meds!!!
      The Grand Prix was amazing! So wonderful to be back in Austria after all these years. We had the most amazing time.
      And yup, after a little time out from blogging – due to a whole load of utter nonsense going on – I’m back 🙂

  2. Sally says:

    Love my food processor. It will be 21 this August (a wedding present) and still going strong. I don’t use it for months then start again and always think “why did I stop using you, it’s much quicker this way”. Are you still on Paleo?

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Mine has been an absolute revelation! I adore it.
      I’m experimenting with Paleo plus (bizarrely) vegan cooking and not sure yet which one I enjoy. The main thing is, apart from feeling a lot healthier, is that I’m stabilising my weight. Sadly not losing any, but at least not gaining more from the meds!

  3. Alice says:

    Enjoying your blog in Canada!

  4. Julie says:

    Sorry it’s been rough of late for you. It’s great when a teenager starts to see reason regarding food! x

    • stumbling in flats says:

      It’s been ghastly! But it’s time now to concentrate on what’s really important.
      As for The Teenager, it’s been a lovely surprise and so good to see him taking pride in his body. He’s toning up nicely and lecturing me about protein contents of various foods. Plus he sent me a link this morning to an article about the dangers of full-fat Coca-Cola. Which I had already sent him ages ago, lol.

  5. Judy Epstein says:

    Yes, food processors are revolutionary! I love mine!

    • stumbling in flats says:

      They sure are! I’ve just whipped up a batch of ‘Deliciously Ella’ chia energy balls. Had much fun watching the almonds and dates whizzing around.
      I think I am in danger of becoming addicted to it!

  6. Archie says:

    so we’ll expect you on C4 at some point?

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Me and The Teenager hanging out in our kitchen, labelling the Mason jars (I really did this last week, sad that I am).

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