how to make sauerkraut
Food: Paleo Recipes and Gut Health

How to Make Sauerkraut: Failsafe Basic 2 Ingredient Recipe and Other Krauty Ideas

Home made probiotic-rich food and drink will almost always contain more beneficial bacteria (to keep our gut healthy) than their commercially made counterparts. Sauerkraut is a prime example. Most shop bought kraut has been pasteurised, which is a process that involves heating the food/drink in order to preserve it for longer. Which means, unless you are buying raw, organic kraut (at around £5 for a tiny container), much of the probiotic goodness will have been killed off in production. Learning how to make sauerkraut was one of the first things I did when I started taking my own gut health …

working with me Renee Davis mummytries
Mental Health

Don’t Believe Everything You Think: Allow Your Thoughts to Come and Go

To say I behaved self-destructively during my teens and early twenties would be an understatement. Haunted by my dysfunctional upbringing, I would get wasted to escape the thoughts inside my own head. A night would often end with me crying about things that had happened in the past – essentially reliving the trauma every time. Through counselling, self-help books, a lot of support from the man I now call my husband, and my incredibly amazing friends, I am no longer that person. In 2007, post mental breakdown and rock bottom, I set about changing every aspect of my life to …

elderflower kombucha
Food: Paleo Recipes and Gut Health

How to Make Elderflower Kombucha, Drying Elderflower, Basic Booch (Failsafe Recipe) & Lots of Secondary Fermentation Ideas

I adore the scent and sight of elderflower – it always fills me with the exciting notion that summer is well and truly on its way. I’ve been making probiotic rich drinks for five years now, and have been doing lots of secondary ferment experiments this past year. My elderflower kombucha is absolutely delicious, very palatable and of course loaded with gut goodness. What is kombucha and where did it come from? Kombucha is an ancient beverage, which originated in China over two thousand years ago, and was introduced to Europe in the 1950s. It is made from brewed tea …

30 days sober
Mental Health

30 Days Sober: Why I Don’t Say “One Day at a Time”

I’m exceptionally proud to be able to say I’ve passed the first big milestone on my newest journey: 30 days sober today! Not wanting to underplay this monumental achievement, for in the past it has been an unclimbable mountain, it’s actually not been very difficult. Why, you might be wondering? Well, in the simplest of terms, I’m fully ready to embrace sobriety. Although I’ve had dry stints – between three pregnancies and GAPS Intro (during the years 2008-2014) the booze and I temporarily parted ways for over three years. I have also had a few forays into teetotalism but they were doomed to …

Autism Parenting

Are You Guilty of these Negative Parenting Traits?

A few years ago, before autism diagnoses and home education and understanding our family dynamic better, my husband and I started following the advice in a book called 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child. The title gives the game away and pretty much sums up what you can expect. Follow the ten day programme by the author – who happens to be a leading child and family psychotherapist – and within ten days you will have a less defiant child on your hands. Day One is all about taking a step back and recognising your own negative parenting traits.  Reading …