FUTURO review and my personal health toolkit.

FUTURO review and my personal health toolkit.

When you become a mum you sacrifice, you give, and you do everything in your power to raise healthy, happy and protected children. 
And then you get a bit older and things start to weaken or show wear and tear or maybe even illness or disease strikes and you realise how little effort you may have been putting into looking after YOU as well. 

Now when you have medical issues I think you can either become a sufferer or a doer, just like the glass half full scenario. I have decided to be a doer and find the best ways to help me and my body, as it is after all my only body, to better cope with life and live a long, healthy, happy one.
While I am only 35 I come from a family with (amongst other things) lots of Osteoarthritis and I myself have also been told I have Ankylosing Spondylitis and scoliosis so my joints and back can be very painful and does need extra tender loving care.
And you know what? These days I am doing pretty darn good. Yes, there is pain, and discomfort but I feel like I have an awesome toolkit at my disposal helping me now! 

Yep, a toolkit! 

Just like you might have for your house or your car.  A toolkit of things that help you, aid you, make a real difference to your quality of life. What is in mine?? 

*EXERCISEMy Rheumatologist told me exercise is even more important for me than the average 35 year old as it will actually help my body to cope better, things like squats and lunges (yikes, I don’t think I will ever like them) help strengthen my muscles and take the pressure off my joints so I am doing sets of exercises every day. I am also back into walking and about to get into a Pilates or yoga class. 
*POSTURE, MASSAGE and PHYSIO TREATMENTSWith my physio I am practising better posture. 
*PLANT BASED ANTI INFLAMMATORY EATINGWith my diet I am eating a plant based, clean diet full of green smoothies, fresh juices, soups, salads, fruit platters, raw desserts and (because I can’t help myself – chocolate, my old friend, though, in my defence, mostly refined sugar free chocolate ). It is very much simple foods that I am eating and lots of leafy greens and foods as close to natural as possible – and it is working! My inflammation levels on blood tests have plummeted and I lost 15 kilos! 
*ALKALINE WATER. With my new water filter jug, that I LOVE I have been drinking alkaline water every day, as have my kids! 
*HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS. With my naturopath I am taking silica, turmeric, fish oil, high vitamin c, zinc, pro bioticsglutamin and a herbal mixture. 
*FUTURO SUPPORTAnd for my body I am now trying out 
Futuro Custom Dial Stabilising Supports 
I am using these cool innovations, especially when I am doing repetitive work which normally gives me lots of pain. I have to be honest, at first I wasn't so sure they would help as I have tried plenty of creams, braces and things in the past but I did actually feel a difference the first day I was wearing them, especially the wrist ones. These braces by Futuro are specially engineered to give protection and comfort and most of all firm reliable support to weakened or injured areas like wrists, elbows and knees. The supports feature Boa Technology Inc. ‘click to fit’ dials, so they are adjustable throughout the day with the simple twist of a dial, providing the level of support needed by you and giving you control over how it works for you.  

AND my girls thought I looked like Iron Man
 – so it was the added bonus of instant cool mummy cred too! 
Futuro wrist braces – giving mums pain relief , support AND instant Iron Man coolness!! 
One thing I have absolutely learnt in the last few years is that pain robs your life of JOY. It is a happiness thief, it makes you short tempered, grumpy, dismissive and stops you enjoying each and every moment with your children. 
I also learnt that prescription pain relief doesn’t really help with joint, back and neck pain either. It just takes the edge off and makes you feel vague and tired, plus it puts so much extra stress on your liver and kidneys! And it doesn’t address the problem of why the pain is there either. 
What I now know is it is having a toolkit at our disposal; a balanced, chemical free toolkit, like a great physio, herbal supplements, exercises and tools like these Futuro Custom Dial supports can give us our joy back. 
It can make living in our body much more comfortable so we can get back to the more important things in life like bug hunting in the garden with 4 year olds and braiding 9 year old hair to look like Elsa. 

If I can share any wisdom with fellow mums it is get yourself a great tool kit and support system for your body and your health, it makes a world of difference and you need to take care of yourself because while your kids are your world, you are theirs. 
This is some of my personal toolkit this year – giving me my JOY back.
Bek xoxox 
This is a sponsored blog post as I was paid to review the Futuro Custom Dial supports. 
All opinions are my own and I do very much believe in my "toolkit" and only endorse products I believe in.

If you suffer from joint pain, or have someone you love that does pop over and have at their full product range HERE for medication free support options available out there. After all our bodies have to cope with so many chemicals and things already, anything natural that helps is a really good thing!

Please note the information in this post is based on the author, Bek's own personal experiences and does not in any way give out medical information or replace a consultation with your health care professional, it is for your reading pleasure only. Please always seek and follow expert advice for any and all health concerns you may have before undertaking any kind of treatment, natural or otherwise.

Gluten Free Vegetarian Pasta Bake

There is just something about the old classic, the pasta bake...
It instantly reminds me of my mother and dark, rainy nights snuggled in front of a cosy fire when we lived in the country. Happily eating her pasta bakes covered in crochet blankets!
Warm memories.
I love the way food is such an experience that certain foods are linked for us with events and times of our lives. Food really does tell a story and for me the pasta bake was one of my first comfort foods.

Now I make it for my kids too, but with a healthy twist, now we are also not gluten intolerant but I like to do a large amount of our meals and snacks gluten free as I believe it is more kinder on the bowels!!

This dish can be whipped up in not very long at all, it freezes really well and makes fantastic leftovers and school lunches too or a bring a plate dish for the next BBQ!

If you like pasta bake or macaroni cheese you will love this healthy version.
Gluten Free Vegetarian Pasta Bake
  • 1 box of gluten free pasta, cooked according to packet directions.
    (I also find it helps to add a little dash of oil in the boiling water with gluten free pasta to stop it all sticking together.
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free flour
  • 500ml almond, soy or dairy milk ( I used almond.)
  • half a teaspoon nutmeg ground
  • 2 teaspoons paprika (look for a really good quality one - it makes a lot of difference!)
  • !/2 cup broccoli, very finely chopped.
  • 2 carrots peeled and finely grated.
  • 4 stalks celery, finely chopped.
  • 3 large tomatoes. 2 chopped one sliced.
  • 1 zucchini, peeled and grated.
  • 1 cup grated cheese.
  • Freshly chopped parsley to taste ( I used about a good handful ).
  • Fresh and thinly chopped chives to taste. (I used about 9 stalks).
  • 2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard (or to taste)
  • 1 free range egg.
  • 1/4 cup of sundried tomatoes (optional)
  • pepper
  • himalayan salt - to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped.

  • Cook gluten free pasta according to directions, rinse very lightly and then drained and set aside.
  • Very, (extra very for fussy eating kids) chop the broccoli
  • Grate the carrot and zucchini.
  • Place the vegetables into a mixing bowl or even straight into the baking dish.
  • Place the butter into a saucepan and melt slowly over a low heat.
  • Once melted add in the flour, stir constantly for 1 minute.
  • Add small amounts of the milk stirring the whole time until they are combined with the flour mix, keep doing this until all the milk has been used and it is a nice consistency. Use a whisk of needed to make sure it is nice and smooth.
  • Season with the nutmeg, paprika and a pinch of himalayan salt and add in the mustard. Taste. 
  • Add in the cheese and stir through until melted in. Taste again add more mustard or salt and pepper if needed.
  • Let the sauce cool a bit and then whisk in the egg.
  • Mix everything together except the sliced tomatoes and a small amount of the chopped mixed herbs.
  • Pour into a deep baking dish top with the sliced tomato and some of the fresh herbs.
  • Bake at 180' fan forced for 20 minutes or until nice and golden on top.
  • Serve on its own as a simple dinner or with a nice fresh salad with a zesty dressing and optional garlic bread for a great tasty meal.
  • This dish is great for leftovers and school lunchboxes.
  • Make and freeze ahead for those tired nights.
  • Add some chili for more punch.
  • Add mushrooms at the last step before cooking.
  • For VEGANS, leave out the egg, make the white sauce with olive oil in place of butter and leave out the cheese, add another half cup of milk when making the sauce and instead add savoury yeast flakes for a lovely cheesey flavour.
Toddler/Kids Tips
  • Kids love the cheesey flavour. You can make it even stronger my adding a strong flavoured cheese that is suitable or more grated cheese.
  • Freeze lunch sized amounts in container for easy lunchboxes and pack on the day with a fresh salad or chopped raw crunchy vegetables.

Live Well. Eat Beautiful. Stay Calm. Be Active.

Bek xx

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