I have been incredibly busy over the summer! Although things have been quieter here, I’ve been ploughing away behind the scenes on a number of different projects, some of which I can now discuss.
It has been almost 4 years since I founded Balanced Being. Beginning as a platform to generate awareness of my health coaching, the site quickly became a platform to discuss and inspire a balanced lifestyle which eventually included a beautiful group of inspirational contributors.
Throughout this journey, I have often felt like I wasn’t quite reaching people to the extent I wanted to, and earlier this year I began developing a Balanced Being School’s programme with my wonderful and inspiring writer and mental health campaigner Dave Chawner. But, with red tape in every aspect of that development, I became a little disillusioned with the system.
For most of you that know me well, I do not give up when I’m motivated to do something! And so, in June I embarked on training with Beat; The UK’s leading eating disorder charity to become a Beat Media Ambassador and Campaigner. This week, as part of that new journey, I gave my first talk discussing my experience of Bulimia and how I recovered to the head office of the Girl Guiding Charity.
From 27 February through to 5 March, Beat – the UK’s eating disorders charity, is working to raise awareness of these serious mental illnesses. They’re focusing on the importance of getting people into treatment as quickly as possible and the vital roles that GPs play, as well as the people in the sufferer’s life, such as their friends and family.
Recovery is possible, and a person’s chance of making a full and sustained recovery is greater if they can quickly get into treatment that will address the thoughts and feelings that cause the eating disorder. This is why pushing for early access to treatment, both when someone first develops an eating disorder and in the case of relapse, is a key part of Beat’s work.
A couple of my Autumn inspired recipes are featured in this month’s Gluten-Free Heaven Magazine, on sale now in the UK.
This issue has a special focus on Autumn comfort food, with plenty of warming recipes to sooth the soul.
Pick up your copy at Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Tesco Extra, Waitrose, M&S, WHSmith, and head to the Pumpkin inspired recipe section on pages 59 and 102.
For more Balanced Being recipes, pick up your copy of the Balanced Being Cookbook available from the Amazon links below.
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