Eating Disorders Awareness Week: GPs are the gate keepers to life-saving support

I’ve had some form of an eating disorder since aged 11. But I wasn’t diagnosed until later into my teens. When I first went to my GP, in my early teens, I was told that I looked “fit and healthy,”!so there wasn’t anything to be concerned about. Yes the “making myself sick” was not normal but … More Eating Disorders Awareness Week: GPs are the gate keepers to life-saving support

Mama Mei Blog Birthday: Let’s celebrate with give-aways and prizes for you

From breastfeeding live on national TV to public speaking gigs and reviewing fab places and products. It has been an exciting first year of blogging at Mama Mei. That’s not to mention my husband Chris who made it to the quarter-finals of this year’s BBC MasterChef TV cooking contest. On my blog, I’ve covered issues … More Mama Mei Blog Birthday: Let’s celebrate with give-aways and prizes for you

10 things NOT to say to someone with an Eating Disorder

There’s nothing my eating disorder (ED) detests more than this season of indulgence – drinking, eating and partying to excess. And not a lot of exercising. Most people’s heaven, but my hell. So please don’t make it any worse for us folk recovering/suffering from an eating disorder by saying these common phrases… (I know you … More 10 things NOT to say to someone with an Eating Disorder

**Trigger warning self-harm:** To the girl with the cuts on her arm… 

I hope you don’t mind me saying but I noticed the scars on your arm, from what looks like years of self-harm. I could tell that you were trying to hide them, as I have always done with my scars. But most people won’t notice, it is only because I have been there too. You … More **Trigger warning self-harm:** To the girl with the cuts on her arm… 

Summer Insanity: A Thank You letter from my eating disorder

Getting “Bikini Body Ready”? Slimming down for summer? Or just Six weeks to a six pack? Fasting your way to a fitter you? My eating disorder just LOVES this time of year… rather than it being treated as an unwanted illness, it is put on a pedestal and given a gold medal. Its weird and … More Summer Insanity: A Thank You letter from my eating disorder

International Women’s Day: Belly dancing and reclaiming our bodies

Over the past 14 years my spare time has been filled with Belly Dancing. (And now BellydanceSling as well – dancing with my baby, as pictured doing a back bend during my Oriental fan dancing routine). I have been lucky enough to meet women of all shapes and sizes through Belly Dance teaching and performing. … More International Women’s Day: Belly dancing and reclaiming our bodies