Coping with lockdown when you have an eating disorder

The whole world is really going through something right now. Covid-19 is a scary illness and it’s no surprise that most of us are anxious about our health and our loved ones. The illness itself, of course, is only half the story. This pandemic comes with side effects for our economy and job security, for … Continue reading Coping with lockdown when you have an eating disorder

Why I’m no longer vegan

For a few years, living by myself, I was what you'd call a "proper" vegan. With the exception of trips home (my mum is a northerner, meat is essential at our table) and the occasional holiday (where it was hard to find vegan eats), I ate a plant-based diet. There were a number of reasons … Continue reading Why I’m no longer vegan

WELLBEING: Never alone, yet lonely

A few weeks ago, I made my usual journey back from work on the underground. We hit Canary Wharf at 5.30, which is peak going-home time for office workers. The train stops, the doors open, and in rushes a flood of suited, high-heeled commuters with steely eyes that look at no one and see nothing … Continue reading WELLBEING: Never alone, yet lonely

RECOVERY: Why I hung up my ballet shoes for good

It’s 1999. I wait with my mum in the entrance of the church, wearing a sea-green leotard and matching scrunchy, watching the older girls finishing their isolations in the main hall. They are graceful, passionate, musical. They wear black leotards, because they’re all grown-up and they’ve earned their grade eight already. I feel excited and … Continue reading RECOVERY: Why I hung up my ballet shoes for good

RECOVERY: Time to Talk Day Speech

Time to Talk Day is an annual mental health awareness day. Organised by Time to Change, the anti-stigma campaign by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, it aims to get people talking about mental health. This year, Mind arranged for employees to talk about their own experiences of mental ill health. Below you can find the text … Continue reading RECOVERY: Time to Talk Day Speech

WELLBEING: What the hell is #CleanEating?

Content warning: detailed discussion of food/health/diet and eating disorders Click the purple links for external resources 🙂 Cleanliness is close to godliness, the Victorians used to say. It’s compelling logic: if the reward for having a bath was Zeus-worthy glory, I’d be pretty eager to stay squeaky-clean. No surprise that this kind of thinking has … Continue reading WELLBEING: What the hell is #CleanEating?