Skinny is Out: How to Beat Your Eating Disorder (For Good)
It's no secret that I've had more than one battle with eating disorders during my lifetime. From the age of 12 to 24, I struggled. I am not the only one, but at the time I felt so alone. Mental health services in the UK are less than satisfactory and, although I ended up with access to an Eating Disorder Recovery service via the NHS it was purely down to luck: as it was still in a trial stage, I could be treated. Had it been more established, I would not have been deemed 'thin' or 'sick' enough to be treated. You don't need the number on the scales to know that anyone who has had anorexia for 12 years is someone in need of treatment, whatever his or her weight.
Building Strong Minds & Bodies
Other than a short piece in the Sunday Times Style Magazine (pictured below), I've never really spoken publicly about my personal battle. What I've chosen to do instead is dedicate as much of my time and career as I can to helping build a generation of young people who are self-confident, nourish their bodies and love their minds. This is what I feel is important: taking what we have learned from our own experiences and research, and sharing it in a positive and useful way for the benefit of others.
Beating an Eating Disorder - For Good
My eating disorder was all-consuming, isolating and to be honest, dangerous. I thought I needed it to define me. It turns out that without it, I am much stronger - both mentally and physically - then I ever thought I could be. I am so glad finally to be free of something that tried to rule my life for far too long.
That's why we want to support young people through this blog and through the Fit Missions studio in Bakewell, Derbyshire. Learning how to train in a positive way and fuel my body for that training completely changed my relationship with food, my body and my mind. The resilience of character I threw into becoming 'the best' at having an eating disorder now goes into pushing through every tough workout I take on, challenges like the London Marathon and creating nutrition detoxes for the athletes who train at Fit Missions. Feeding our bodies and treating them well should be enjoyable, not destructive. If I can create a positive environment where the only expectation is to work hard and have fun, I am really hoping to start making recovery not only easier, but a desirable action to take.
If you have any questions about any of the work I do with young people (or adults), please get in touch or call Fit Missions 01629 815777 to start a two week free membership, or to book in for a 1-1 session with me.