~*~ Long time away ~*~

Hi there gorgeous people,

It’s been ages since I’ve posted. Slacking again. So much has gone on since MLB treatment. Obviously back in work and training. I will get better at posting.

What’s changed since I posted last… I’m now following a mostly raw vegan diet. I can honestly say that I have seen a difference in my health, my skin and my lymphatic health. I’ve been following recipe ideas on Instagram (my guilty pleasure). There are so many benefits to my insta-addiction. Research recipe ideas including pictures of the yumminess you will eventually consume, meet other lymphies who thought they were alone in their battle with the condition, gain beauty and fitness tips, also track your life… after all, who wants a ridiculous amount of pictures saved on their phone!?
I’ve also bought a new cook book called ‘Healthy Everyday’ by Dale Pinnock. Fair play, what genius. His recipes are amazing. I highly recommend his rose water, cardamom and pistachio porridge and also red cabbage and apple slaw which have become near enough staples in my diet.

Some of my favourite insta-pages for food are:
Lipstick and berries
Colorful foodie
Feel good goodie
Neurotic mommy
The blonde vegan
Lauren Ako

Some beauty and fashion bloggers who I adore, not only for tips but for style too:
Elena tinou
Slave 2 beauty
Vegas nay
Titi yangzom
Le blog de betty
She wears fashion
Antoinette Marie

These pages give so many ideas that my brain could burst! If you would like to follow me on Instagram search laurentee57. 

I’ve been advertising Lymphoedema Awareness Month (March for those who don’t know). Most days in March I’ve been showing off my bandages with pride. I’ve had some really positive return from curious passers by. This has almost restored my faith in humanity.

Since promoting LA I’ve chosen to wear more dresses with shoes and bandages. It’s given me a confidence to not worry what others think… most of the time, so I found out, they look out of admiration for your confidence and bravery not out of disgust. It’s taken 14 years to gain this confidence, I’m not losing yet!

In other lymphie news, I’ve self diagnosed myself (with a little help from my friends) with lymphedema distichiasis. It means I have double rows of eyelashes, hinting at the fact I’m a carrier of the lymphie gene. As I said to others, well, I’m now closer to being Elizabeth Taylor. It’s made me realise I should get my eyes tested sooner rather than later as the distichiasis can scrape the eyeball. Ewww I know!

On Facebook, my group Lymphedema Fashion has now over 450 members and growing quickly, to the point where it’s pretty much self managing. I’m so proud.

I think that’s enough rambling for now.
Lots of love and hugs
L xoxo

Copyright Lauren Toner 2011-2014

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