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It is hard to believe, with all its probiotic goodness: But because yoghurt contains lactose it’s a no-go when you change to a low FODMAP diet.

I cannot remember a day that I didn’t eat yoghurt. The only reason would be that I’m in a country where they don’t do yoghurt, like when I was travelling South East Asia.

Or where they don’t know how to make yoghurt, like in South Africa. Thank goodness for Amasi, which by the way contains less lactose, as that is what the yoghurt cultures eat: lactose. So the more sour your fermented milk tastes, the less lactose it contains. To me, a big fan of kefir and buttermilk and such, a fair trade.

So yes, I like yoghurt, but if I want to eliminate FODMAPs from my diet, I need to find a replacement, for two reasons:

1) The lack of calcium causes my fingernails to break, so I need to find an extra source of this mineral.

2)  What I’d actually miss about yoghurt is the yummyness with which it binds together my muesli.

You can read the answer to 1) here: #FODMAP #Tip: 5 calcium rich alternatives to dairy

As to 2) I think I found a good compromise: Replacing milk with coconut milk for the low FODMAP diet, I’m left with coconut pulp. It has a lovely yummy consistency and can be used just like yoghurt. It has no sourness to it, so less sweetening is required, and the coconut oil is filling. It is of course nutritionally completely different from yoghurt, hence 1), but for the time where no yoghurt is allowed it works well as a substitute.

Would you believe this is not yoghurt: Coconut puree makes for a great substitute.

Would you believe this is not yoghurt: Coconut puree makes for a great substitute.

Check out my low #FODMAP muesli recipe for breakfast: Banana, Buckwheat Granola and Coconut Puree.

This tastes as healthy as it looks: Low FODMAP breakfast cereal.

This tastes as healthy as it looks: Low FODMAP breakfast cereal.

 

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Even though I’m not actively looking, it’s good to know my LinkedIn profile still delivers results.

Even though I’m not actively looking, it’s good to know my LinkedIn profile still delivers results.

 

When I moved to London I had to very quickly catch up to the fast paced environment of this mega city.

Things worked differently in London: Where in Germany the illusion you’d work your entire life for one company and they’d look after you was still high flying, in London we were simply thrown into the future of the job market: Freelancing, contracting, project based work.

I came to London to study full time, but this city was so expensive, I also had to work – full time.

 

Luckily I already had work experience, as I had served an apprenticeship before starting to study. So I upgraded quickly from waitressing to admin temping to translating to copywriting.

 

Then I made a discovery that would boost my career: Recruitment agencies!

All you had to do was send them your CV, and they look for a job for you.

 

And they did another great thing: They all used LinkedIn.

Forget about the laborious task of emailing updated CVs around. All I needed was the link to my LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trulyjuly

 

Now recruitment agencies would get in touch with me based on the keyword search results on LinkedIn. Not requesting my CV, but inviting me to an interview for a job that matched my LinkedIn profile.

Eventually companies followed suit, with some moving their entire recruitment process to LinkedIn.

And since LinkedIn started actively suggesting ‘Jobs You May Be Interested In’, all I got to do is check the job matches.

 

LinkedIn is a powerful online networking tool, and the one social media professionals sign up to with one purpose in mind: business.

Ensure you make the best out of your LinkedIn presence, here’s how:

How To Promote Your Business On LinkedIn

How To Market Your Business On LinkedIn

 

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The dynamics of rat clans are very sophisticated and quite impressive. Impressive because if even little rodent animals like rats can learn to live together in unity, why can’t we.

 

When new recruits arrive, the previously settled roles within the rattie bunch are shaken up and maybe even up for grabs, so might some of the more opportunistic pet rats think.

 

Luckily, my ratties have gotten so used to visitors, they are super relaxed about sharing their territory. Somehow that makes their home a neutral zone: It is often their cage everybody flocks to and shares a meal or some cuddles.

 

But the visiting ratties are coming in their own cage, with their own smells, so they indeed have a home away from home.
Rats are super sensitive to smells, and they mark each other and everything in between to reconfirm belonging to one clan. I think it’s important for rats to be able to go back to their familiar home and not be completely uprooted when going for RattieSitting.

 

But of course that makes their cage equivalent to their territory.

 

My observation is that if there are many ratties, like for example Camilla’s 8, they are pretty relaxed about their space, as they are used to ratoots coming and going.
But if it’s only 2 pet rats, like Fendi and Cher, and they’re new to the whole ‘let’s meet other rats’ idea, they can turn a bit possessive over their space.

 

So when Mulan and Harley, two black hooded cutsie sisters, visited their lookalike Cher, she was not so impressed.

Mulan says hi to Cher, who however reacted in a territorial manner to these advances.

Mulan says hi to Cher, who however reacted in a territorial manner to these advances.

 

Whenever they encountered each other, there was some huffing and puffing going on, a rat’s way to indicate they are ready to fight for their right. The right for what is not always that clear, so I just kept on separating them when they came to close for comfort.

 

Rats can be very persistent, and Mulan and Harley kept on going back to Cher, but yet again, it wouldn’t go well.
I sometimes had to lock Mulan and Harley in one of the other cages, because they wouldn’t leave Cher alone.
They even managed to sneak into Cher and Fendi’s cage every now and then, and that was really a no-go zone for them, also Fendi agreed on that one.

 

However, outside of this specific Fendi and Cher cage area, everything was totally fine. They could eat, sleep and cuddle together, no problem.

 

So maybe there was hope that they could transfer the friendship’s locale.

 

And indeed: On the very last day of the RattieSitting Cher and Harley were one heart and one soul in Fendi and Cher’s travel cage.
Where they had stood upright, confronting each other, swaying in the attempt to dominate, they now sat side by side like good old pals. Some stretching, and then some more relaxing.

I couldn't believe my eyes: Cher and Harley in harmony side by side in Cher's travel cage. Forgotten are all territorial disputes.

I couldn’t believe my eyes: Cher and Harley in harmony side by side in Cher’s travel cage. Forgotten are all territorial disputes.

 

Even with 17 ratties from 4 different clans, they manage to achieve harmony eventually.

 

To me, this is the bliss of RattieSitting. I love watching these clever little munchkins, it’s better entertainment than TV.

 

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It’s like Microsoft resorts to the double opt-out to really prevent you from quitting Skype.

It’s like Microsoft resorts to the double opt-out to really prevent you from quitting Skype.

 

If you use Skype you know how difficult it is to close it:

Because when you click the right top red x button it doesn’t close, it only minimises.

And when you go into the Skype menu and select ‘Close’, it doesn’t close, it only minimises!

 

So you have to be really really determined to indeed close Skype:

The only way is by right clicking on the Skype icon in your desktop toolbar – this is not available anywhere in the actual Skype menu, where you can only ‘Close’ or ‘Sign Out’ – and select ‘Quit Skype’.

 

But halt!

Not so fast!

Even if you made it this far, Skype still has a comeback, trying to deter you from finally exiting this program:

 

A pop up window asks quite patronisingly: “Sure you want to quit Skype?”

Followed by a FOMO inducing warning: “You won’t be able to send or receive instant messages and calls if you do.”

 

Dark Patterns at work:

Microsoft is famous for their really bad way of trying to manipulate you.

This one feels like they got it all wrong all together and created a double opt-out when they learned about the double opt-in.

 

Yet, don’t despair: It is possible to quit Skype, you just have to click buttons a few more times than any good practice usability guide would allow, but it is possible, eventually!

 

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Our new garden design: Chillout area with braai at the back.

Our new garden design: Chillout area with braai at the back.

 

Progress in our garden is slow: There’s still so much fixing going on around the house, that our backyard is mostly abused as a storage facility.

So when finally the east wall got done, we had some extra space freed up to move the concrete blocks.

And the rest was left to play:

Like tending to a zen garden, an empty space is quite inviting to be reflective and creative.

 

The first time the concrete blocks turned into an interactive group seating area:

 

Now the concrete blocks form a centre piece, as the garden work will continue along the garden wall. They cover quite a bit of ground, which will prevent dust being blown around. And they stretch out like a giant sofa, an outdoor lair, complete with backrest and bird bath. And of course, the braai at the back:

 

With water restrictions plans for our garden are changing, so let’s see what the next giant lego reshuffle will look like. 🙂

 

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I’m a muesli fan, and I enjoy my muesli with yoghurt.

During the elimination phase of the low FODMAP diet however, both wheat and lactose need to be cut out.

So here’s an alternative breakfast cereal recipe, low FODMAP and still yummy:

 

Being a muesli fan, this works as a low FODMAP alternative for me: Diced Banana, Buckwheat Granola and Coconut Puree.

Being a muesli fan, this works as a low FODMAP alternative for me: Diced Banana, Buckwheat Granola and Coconut Puree.

 

Add in equal parts:

Diced Banana

Buckwheat Granola

Coconut Puree

 

You can use any other fruit of the season or a combination of fresh fruits or fruit salad.

I use the buckwheat granola as is. Some prefer to soften it by letting it soak, but I like it crunchy.

The coconut pulp is a leftover from making coconut milk. It works well as a yoghurt replacement.

 

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The tan I get in 1 day in the African sun.

The tan I get in 1 day in the African sun.

 

All day we worked in our backyard, because finally the east wall got done and we could resume shaping the garden from storage room into living space.

Our garden is situated at the ideal angle to South Africa’s weather: Facing north and sheltered towards the back where the south easter comes from. Meaning it’s all day sunny and protected from the wind.

So while it’s maybe averagely warm in Cape Town, let’s say 19 degrees, it’s quite hot in our garden. Which makes it just perfect for winter, and well, all year round.

 

Our yard is also full of treasures, as there seems to be an entire house buried in it. – When it comes to garden work it’s easy to get sidetracked.

While I was digging up various artefacts, and Christian was redesigning our garden with concrete blocks like playing giant lego, we got burnt. Well, almost.

 

Whereas the African sun is unforgiving, it is at least so right from the beginning. I can feel my skin burning as soon as I venture into the midday sun. So I just can’t stay long enough in the sun to get seriously burnt.

 

According to the calendar we should move into summer, but hey, with global warming who knows what and when is summer these days. This was a relatively mild day and at 19 degrees you don’t seriously burn. You just get a taste. Your skin flares up in the swelter to give you a caution.

I only tan during winter in South Africa, my skin is too fair for summer. But who needs a summer tan when the winter sun is so warming already.

 

So this was probably my last day of tanning. Almost coming too close to my skin’s tolerance, I can feel the heat encaptured in my body. But by next day my skin will have calmed down again, and all that’s left is a nice bronze shine.

 

With its early warning the African sun should not get the chance to burn you, it’s more like a kiss that got too fiery.

 

Sunkissed at 19 degrees, that’s why I love South Africa.

 

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