Falcon Forest Glamping

As a child I always liked going camping, I loved the thrill of waking up outdoors. I've not been camping for what seems like an eternity and when I suggested the idea to my wife it was instantly shot down, as it's her idea of holiday hell... nowhere to plug in her hair straighteners and a lack of shower facilities were among her concerns. 

Falcon Forest Glamping

Falcon Forest Glamping

However I managed to negotiate a compromise when I discovered Glamping pods. It's like camping but with more mod-cons and a more secure structure that wouldn't be effected by bad weather. After a lot of research we decided which sites we liked the most and booked our favourite which was Falcon Forest Glamping situated between Whitby & Scarborough. 

With a car loaded full of everything imaginable myself, my wife and our dog Molly headed north towards Scarborough. This was our first time to this part of Yorkshire and we spent hours in Scarborough walking along the seafront, sitting on the harbour, eating fish & chips and lots of ice-creams.  

Looking down over Scarborough.

Looking down over Scarborough.

Molly Dog! 

Molly Dog! 

We then headed to our base for the trip, ideally located between Scarborough & Whitby, once on site we immediately noticed the sea view and how spacious the pods were. Plenty of space for 2 adults and a Dalmatian. 

One of the Glamping pods

One of the Glamping pods

The sea view from our pod. 

The sea view from our pod. 

Once unpacked we headed to Robin Hood's Bay which is about 4 miles away, and walked down into the village which included one of the steepest hills I've ever seen. It was a killer coming back up, but spurred on by the prospect of a well deserved pint at the top we managed to get back to the top of the hill. 

Whitby Harbour

Whitby Harbour

The following day we travelled all over Whitby, up and down just about every hill that it had to offer. But with perfect weather and regular ice-cream breaks we had an amazing time exploring and taking lots of pictures. 

The remains of Whitby Abbey. 

The remains of Whitby Abbey. 

Overall the Glamping was a success and my wife has already spoken about going again. Maybe one day I'll persuade her to go camping.... but I wouldn't count on it! 

 

 

Charcoal In Food - a Step Too Far?

In recent months we can't help but notice all over social media the effect that activated charcoal has had on the food industry! For us, it came as quite a surprise as we usually use it in our underwear so the thought of eating it sounded a little odd but some of the items popping up on our Instagram feed have got us talking and we are intrigued to say the least! It seems the rainbow coloured, glittery 'unicorn' food that we all loved so much is slowly being replaced by a monochromatic look that's taking over the foodie world! 

Charcoal burgers at DonDoh - Peru

Charcoal burgers at DonDoh - Peru

Charcoal Ice-Cream and Cones at Little Damage - Los Angeles

Charcoal Ice-Cream and Cones at Little Damage - Los Angeles

Charcoal Pizza Bases at Lost Boys Pizza - London

Charcoal Pizza Bases at Lost Boys Pizza - London

Black Lemonade at The Wild Son - New York

Black Lemonade at The Wild Son - New York

Charcoal Water at Watts Juicery - Florida

Charcoal Water at Watts Juicery - Florida

These are just a few of the crazy charcoal inspired recipes, whilst we can't vouch for the taste or claimed health benefits of the carbon we have to admit they look pretty cool! Would you tried any of these or would you rather give it a miss?

*Disclaimer* Please do not try to eat your Shreddies underwear, it's not going to taste the same.

Low FODMAP Treats!

Here at Shreddies we believe that every diet should be balanced, which means it's okay to treat yourself every now and again and you don't need to feel guilty about it! When you're on a restrictive diet like low FODMAP or gluten free it can sometimes be hard enough to find a tasty meal let alone a yummy dessert to accompany it. So we thought we'd dig out the best recipes we could find to make it a little easier for you! 

Breakfast treat

Image: http://karlijnskitchen.com/en/low-fodmap-oreo-waffles/

Image: http://karlijnskitchen.com/en/low-fodmap-oreo-waffles/

These Oreo waffles are the perfect breakfast treat for a special occasion or just when you fancy treating yourself! 

Ingredients:  *200 g gluten-free self-raising flour *A pinch of salt *1 tbsp vanilla sugar *160 ml lactose-free milk *2 eggs *60 g butter, melted *120 ml water *2 tbsp cacao powder *6 gluten-free Oreos *Lactose-free whipped cream *More gluten-free Oreos

Method: *Heat up the waffle iron *Combine the self-raising flour, salt, vanilla sugar and cacao powder in a bowl and stir *One by one, stirring every time add the milk, eggs, butter and water *Crush the Oreos into small pieces and stir them in *Using a pastry brush and oil/butter to grease the iron. *Scoop the batter onto the waffle iron and bake for around 5 minutes or until done *Serve with whipped cream and Oreo’s.

http://karlijnskitchen.com/en/low-fodmap-oreo-waffles/

Lunch treat

Image: http://karlijnskitchen.com/en/chocolate-chip-banana-bread/

Image: http://karlijnskitchen.com/en/chocolate-chip-banana-bread/

This yummy banana bread is the perfect lunch accompaniment, a light but comforting dessert! 

Ingredients: *3 medium-sized banana’s *2 eggs *100 g ground oats (oat flour) *50 g gluten-free flour *30 g Whey Isolate (this is optional if you don’t want to use or can’t use Whey you can use 30 g extra gluten-free flour instead) *30 g coconut oil *20 g maple syrup *20 ml lactose-free milk (or a milk of your choice) *2 tsp baking powder *50 g dark chocolate chips *A pinch of salt

Method: *Pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees *Layer a greased cake tin with baking paper *Combine the ground oats, gluten-free flour, whey, baking powder and salt in a bowl and stir *Mash the bananas then add coconut oil and maple syrup and stir *Add both mixtures together and combine *Add the eggs and milk and stir until smooth *Add the chocolate chips. *Bake for about 45 minutes. The banana bread is cooked when a toothpick comes out clean. If the banana bread becomes dark too quickly cover it with a piece of aluminium foil.

http://karlijnskitchen.com/en/chocolate-chip-banana-bread/

Dinner treat

Image: http://karlijnskitchen.com/en/low-fodmap-vegan-brownies-with-salted-caramel-sauce/

Image: http://karlijnskitchen.com/en/low-fodmap-vegan-brownies-with-salted-caramel-sauce/

These gooey brownies are a guaranteed crowd pleaser! 

Ingredients: *80 g gluten-free flour *150 g sugar *120 ml almond milk (or another kind of plant-based milk, such as rice milk) *60 ml sunflower oil *160 g dark chocolate *2 tbsp cacao powder *1 tsp vanilla extract *1 pinch of salt *1 can full-fat coconut milk *150 g maple syrup *1 tbsp coconut oil *2 tsp vanilla extract *Coarse sea salt

Method: *Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees (350F). *Line a brownie tin with baking paper *Combine sugar, oil, almond milk and vanilla extract together in a bowl *Melt the chocolate in a pan on a very low heat *Combine the chocolate, gluten-free flour, cacao powder and salt to the sugar mixture and stir until smooth *Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 25 minutes *Leave to cool *In a seperate bowl mix the coconut milk and maple syrup and a pinch of salt. *Pour into a pan and bring to boil then lower the heat and leave to simmer for 40 minutes *Then add the coconut oil simmer for another 5 minutes stirring regularly. *Remove from the heat, add the vanilla extract and stir in the coarse sea salt. *Pour the sauce into a bowl and leave to cool *Pour the sauce over the brownies and serve.

We'd like to thank Karlijn for creating these yummy recipes and we'd definitely recommend visiting her website and checking out the rest of her recipe collection! 

Shreddies for Animals?

Here at Shreddies we like to help everyone deal with their flatulence issues, we have even thought of making doggy Shreddies after the huge amount of email requests we get! But it turns out that Dogs aren't the worst offenders, in fact they don't even come into the top 5 check out the ones that do down below:

5. Cows - It has been said that cows produce enough gas that it could be contributing to global warming! It is claimed that livestock (which are mostly cows) generate more greenhouse gas emissions than transport! 

4. Sheep - Like cows Sheep have multiple stomachs to digest grass, which can increase the amount of gas produced! An aeroplane carrying a flock of sheep once had to make an emergency landing as the smoke alarms were going off due to the gas produced! 

http://countrysidenetwork.com/category/daily/livestock/sheep/

http://countrysidenetwork.com/category/daily/livestock/sheep/

3. Zebras - Another animal to be contributing to global warming through it's poots! Due to their herbivorous diet they are prone to excess flatulence! 

http://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/zebra

http://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/zebra

2. Camels - In Australia camels make up 1-2% of the methane produced! 

http://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/camel

http://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/camel

1. Termites - The insects might be small but they release more methane than any other animal! They produce so much flatulence that some scientists have speculated that they can produce 165 million tons of methane every year. Their high fibre diet and the fact they are so abundant in numbers makes them top of the list! 

http://pestworldforkids.org/pest-guide/termites/

http://pestworldforkids.org/pest-guide/termites/

There's definitely a market out their for animal fart pants? Which one should we tackle first?

Q&A With ChronicAlly!

We recently discovered ChronicAlly Boxes, a monthly subscription box for women who suffer from chronic illnesses such as IBS and Crohn's disease! We were desperate to find out more about these boxes so we caught up with Ally - the brains behind the business! Check out what she had to say below:

Image: https://chronicallybox.com/

Image: https://chronicallybox.com/

How long has Chronically Box been around and what inspired you to start?

ChronicAlly Box pre-launched in June 2016 and officially launched on August 30th, 2016 and our first Box was shipped on October 15th, 2016. I've always wanted to start a company like ChronicAlly Box, but it wasn't until recently that the universe sent me the idea of ChronicAlly Box and I manifested it! I had heard a lot about subscription boxes, and have received a few myself, but never really thought of sending happiness and chronic illness allies to chronically chic women in this type of platform. One winter, I was at that all time low. I heard some very scary health news, and everything with my body was just going wrong. I noticed that the one thing that would get me really excited, was helping others through my IBS Sisters account and starting coaching classes to help others going through the chronic illness journey.

Then I started subscribing to magazines. I would subscribe to one, and I'm guessing they would sell my information, and I would receive an offer for another magazine, and I'd sign up. It was such a relief to get something else in the mail besides my unfavourable blood work and medical bills. This is when I came up with the idea of ChronicAlly Box. What if I was getting something in the mail that was tailored just for me? To pick me up when I'm down, and even better, delivering me products right to my doorstep that makes my health & beauty routine easier & better! 

How do you decide what goes into each box?

Considering I'm a chronic illness sufferer myself, my allies and I decide what goes in the box depending on if we think the product would make my life easier and/or better living with a chronic illness. I also try to keep a wide variety of products in each box, and try to include a "pick-me-up" item, in addition to the health and beauty allies. I am constantly doing research on new products!

Are Chronically boxes available all over the world?

Yes! ChronicAlly Boxes can be shipped anywhere around the world! :)

What response have you had since starting your business?

The responses since starting ChronicAlly Box have been amazing! Everyone really loves the idea! The kind words and comments we get from our subscribers, that's what keeps us going! Here are some testimonials from the website:

"LOVE. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I am so full of love right now. Thank you so much, ChronicAlly Box, for taking care of me today. I'm having a spa night to celebrate!"

-Alex, ChronicAlly Box Tribe

What are your hopes for the future of Chronically box?

My hope for the future for ChronicAlly Box is that every woman dealing with any kind of chronic illness will be able to experience the joy of having Chronic allies delivered to her doorstep! I also hope that we continue to grow, so we can make the boxes even better! I believe the future for ChronicAlly Box is bright, and we look forward to watching it grow, one smile at a time! We couldn't have done this with our Founding members, so for that, we are forever grateful! 

Image: https://chronicallybox.com/

Image: https://chronicallybox.com/

To find out more about ChronicAlly boxes or to sign up yourself check out their website here!

You can also find Ally on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

World IBD Day 2017

Today is world IBD day and as our products are primarily used to help people with stomach related illnesses we thought we'd share with you a bit more about world IBD day and how you can get involved to raise awareness.

Image: https://worldibdday.org/

Image: https://worldibdday.org/

What is IBD?

IBD stands for inflammatory bowel disease which is the umbrella term used to describe ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. They are both long-term conditions that can affect anyone of any age but it's most common between the ages of 15 and 40. The symptoms of IBD include cramps, swelling of the stomach, recurring diarrhoea, weight loss and extreme fatigue. The symptoms come and go but unfortunately there is no current cure. 

Treatments that aim to relieve symptoms include: immunouppressants to reduce activity of the immune system, antibiotics and mesalazines. 1 in 5 people with ulcerative colitis have severe symptoms that mean they have to have inflamed sections of their colon removed and around 60-75% of sufferers have to have surgery at some point in their life.

Image: https://worldibdday.org/

Image: https://worldibdday.org/

World IBD Day is so important to us as it helps to raise awareness of the disease. You can find out more information about the amazing work that's happening right now and how you can get involved over on the World IBD Day Website.