Living a Real Life is all about my journey to live a simpler life in order to improve my health and happiness. After being diagnosed with a number of chronic illnesses including type 2 diabetes, cyclothymia (a mild form of bipolar), asthma, GERD and high cholesterol, I was beginning to feel old before my time, permanently tired, out of breath, depressed and with almost permanent indigestion and heartburn. I almost needed a shopping trolley when I went to pick up my medication!

After one particularly bad day I decided enough was enough. I didn’t want to end up morbidly obese, lose my eyesight, or a leg – or even my life! Most especially my life. So I started to research the best way of changing my diet and my life in a way that I could maintain for life. I couldn’t believe the things I found out – about how we have all been lied to about what ‘healthy food’ is and isn’t. And the more I continued on my chosen way of eating, the better I began to feel, the more weight I lost, and my blood glucose began to drop. In just over 3 months, I had managed to come off my diabetes medication and the statins for my cholesterol (mainly because of what I learned about cholesterol). I was so wrapped up in my research and cooking experiments that I couldn’t stop talking about it to anyone who would listen. In what I think was desperation, my long-suffering partner, Tony, suggested that I should write about it.

At the same time we were trying to spend more time working from home doing the things we loved doing. For me, that’s writing, and for Tony it’s genealogy. Of course that meant a drastic drop in income and simplifying our lives to survive. Strangely enough, living a simpler life becomes addictive, and we have found ourselves learning so many skills, tips and tricks. And although we probably live below the poverty line, we’ve also become happier.

This is the story of how we are trying to live, and of the astonishing things I’ve learned along this journey. I really want to share them with you, and as many people as possible. Hopefully we can all be happier, eat healthier and live sustainably on this precious planet.

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