Over the years I've become accustomed to being incredibly open about my mental health journey. We all have mental health, but we don't all have a mental illness (or illnesses). It's important to note that some of us require assistance to enable us to better manage our wellbeing. And that's okay! However, I've refrained from… Continue reading I recovered from psychosis!
The Christmas period ends and we're quickly inundated with diet talk. Diet talk is toxic. It's everywhere. It finds an unwanted place in our social media feeds and lands itself in our junk emails and damages the ways in which we think and feel about ourselves and our bodies. It saddens me that we're a… Continue reading Diet talk in Eating Disorder recovery
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
Whilst scrolling through Instagram, and other means of social media, it's important to remember that social media isn't real life. As a society, we've become programmed into believing that the images we see upon our screens are a realistic perception of reality. When in hindsight, this isn't merely the case. I'm an advocate for mental… Continue reading Social media is NOT real life
Here you can find a series of Mental Health helplines. The helplines provide support for those in need, and can be reached via phone (text/call) or email. The services provided are UK based. Others may be found online. BEAT:0808 801 0677 0808 801 0711 (Youthline) 0808 801 0811 (Studentline) Website: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk MIND:0300 123 3393 86463… Continue reading Helplines
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