When you say that something has changed your life, it’s often a bit of an exaggeration. I once said it about our new slow cooker and most mornings, I muse to myself about how my Gilette Venus with Olay razor is life changing (you should totally try it, by the way – you don’t even need shaving gel. It’s AMAZING.)
But I’ve done something recently that’s properly life changing. I gave up sugar.
This isn’t a post about going on a health-kick, however, or being on a faddy diet, or following some amazingly complicated/depressing Goop-style lifestyle. You see, despite keeping up a fairly good façade of keeping my shiz together, for the past year or so, behind the Instagram smiles, I’ve been suffering from an almighty hormone imbalance. Think PMS x a million for around 10 days a month.
It had an incredible effect on my life – for around a third of the month, every month, I suffered from anxiety and depression. I knew when it would hit, so I’d mark it on my phone calendar and avoid making any important plans during that time – no work meetings, events or lunches with friends. There was no point in making plans, since I knew I wouldn’t feel up to it, and I was fed up of cancelling plans on the day, after waking up and realising I wasn’t capable of going any further than the school run and my sofa. Work was hard on those day too – having a creative job is HARD when your brain doesn’t want to play ball. Some days, I would try to get some work done, and others, I would just admit defeat and curl up on the sofa, under a blanket with Netflix. (Top tip: watching Luther when you’re suffering from anxiety will make you feel like EVERYONE you see on the street is a serial killer. Even that little old lady in the tea room.)…