Welcome to my blog - Pawprintlaur. If you've stumbled across this page, you may well be wondering who I am (past being an avid tea drinker) and what my story is. Four years ago I gained a triple distinction star (D*D*D*) qualification in my Level 3 Extended BTEC Diploma in Animal Care and Management. I… Continue reading About me
Diet culture is EVERYWHERE. It captivates our screens and brainwashes our minds, often without us realising just how much we've become affected by it. Weight Watchers have recently created a food tracking app (Kurbo) for Children aged between 8-17. This appalls me, greatly. It breaks my heart to imagine a Child tracking an ice-cream they… Continue reading Diet culture and an insight into the Diet Industry
I became a Uni Student whilst under the grips of an Eating Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa. I am still in recovery from this, every day is a challenge. But I’m determined to make positive changes towards reaching my goals towards health and happiness. I enlisted my Anorexia on my University application, alongside my Autism. I remained… Continue reading Managing an Eating Disorder at Uni – Experiences And Tips from an Undergraduate
Very recently, I braved the decision to ditch my scales. A step forward in recovery. I have successfully managed TWO WHOLE WEEKS without weighing myself. Crazy, right? I'd been weighing myself obsessively (up to 5 times a day) for numerous years and I bravely opted for the choice to follow my heart and not my… Continue reading Good bye scales, hello freedom?
For the past few years, I've fallen very much, unwillingly, into comparative habits. This can be detrimental in Anorexia Recovery. If my friends aren't eating, why should I? I MUST be greedy. Why am I eating if the people around me aren't? So...much...guilt. It's a constant turmoil. I very recently stumbled across a highly informative… Continue reading Anorexia recovery – Eating, comparison and being brave
The morning approached, it was 6:30am. Already, I encountered deliberating thoughts about eating. I pondered whether I should, or whether I shouldn't. And I'm beginning to believe that this may be a constant, lifelong battle for me. With every day, I cannot determine how my thoughts will challenge me throughout the day. Some days will… Continue reading Anorexia Recovery – Ditching the scales, freedom away from numbers
We live in a World where weight gain has been, and continues to be, demonised. An increase in the scale number quickly equates to feelings of low self worth, inadequacy and failure. We attempt to remain small, whilst measuring our worth in kilograms and not so much smiles, achievements and memories. I understand the satisfaction… Continue reading A weighted life perspective
It's officially the beginning of June! And I wish you all a wonderful month filled with health and happiness. I'm determined to head back to Uni in September eager to inform my friends and Tutors of the fun-filled Summer I've endured. Not a Summer known for obeying Anorexia's demands. It's terrifying. I've realised that I'm… Continue reading June – A new month, a happier mindset and new recovery challenges
For the past 5 years, I've been starting my day between 6 and 6:30am. Crazy? No. Happiness inducing? Yes! I've been a proud early riser from a young age, with my Mum claiming that I was "awake before the birds" as I rushed downstairs excitedly to view my favourite animated series - Arthur, whilst wrapped… Continue reading Health & wellness – A discovery journey
It's vastly approaching the 3-year bracket in which I received my Autism diagnosis back in 2016. Time has truly flown by! I often hear the term "suffering from Autism" which I felt encouraged to shed some light on, as somebody on the complex Autistic spectrum. I understand that the spectrum is large and people enlisted… Continue reading Autism and me: Suffering or growing?