I’ve come so far on my journey this year and you guys have been so amazing and supportive, I want to give something back! I apologise men, this is quite a female orientated giveaway but feel free to join in anyway! Merry Christmas everybody and enjoy the season! LOVE U ALL <3
You can win:
- A Russell Hobbs blender and jug
- An assortment of christmas chocolates and candy
- A selection of 3 bodyshop products (not as shown above)
- A cute elephant necklace
- A personal hand written christmas card from me :)
- Must be following tea-yoga-health because this is for my wonderful followers, please don’t follow me if you don’t like what I post! If you’re not following me and I pick you, I’ll choose someone else
- Reblog as many times as you like (but don’t annoy your followers!) likes won’t be counted
- If you’re not 18 years or older, please have permission from your parents to give me your address
- I will pay for shipping and ship international
- I will be selecting the winner with random.org on Tuesday 24th December and you will have 72 hours to respond
Good luck everyone! Love, Sarah xxx
I found that the food at Northside is relatively good. They are very accommodating to medically diagnosed food allergies and all of the meals are made on-site in the dining room where they have a kitchen.The meals are made by chefs and you can actually kind of see into the kitchen a little bit and can see that it is clean and sanitary etc.
The food is not like hospital food that you would get if you were in a medical ward. By that I mean the cereal does not come in those silly little boxes and the milk does not come in it’s own little cartons for example. The food one the whole seems to try and mimic the way that you would eat in the outside world for example you pour your cereal from one of those cereal tuppawears, you pour your milk from a bottle (into a polystyrene cup, that is one of the only things that is ‘measured’ per say), and the same with juice. Also the meals do not come pre-plated like at a hospital. Basically what happens is you like up at the dining room in the order of your table number (1, 2 or 3 - it is like a step programme type thing with lowering supervision as you progress) and the kitchen staff serve your meal. There are normally 3 hot options for both lunch and dinner and one of them is always a vegetarian option. Northside allows you to be vegetarian but not vegan. They also encourage you to try and challenge to eat meat if your decisions for being vegetarian are ED fuelled. The meals are also ones that you would find at home, sometimes it is pasta, quiche, frittatta, stir-frys, grilled fish, ratatouille, bean provencal (that was the dish the first night I was there) etc. with rice, potato, sweet potato, quinoa, cous cous etc. and then veggies as well.
Basically the kitchen staff are very well aware of how much to plate up and what is a ‘normal serve’, and if the portions are not being done correctly (ie. the kitchen staff is new) then the ED nurses will step in and advise that the portion be changed accordingly. Naturally some days meals will be smaller and others they will be slightly bigger but that is all a part of eating normally, we should have daily variations and your body is so amazing that it can deal with this and work accordingly.
The dining hall is not massive but it is also not small. There is a designated area in the dining room that is reserved for the eating disorder programme and the EDP takes up 3 tables (1 for table 1, 1 for table 2 and 1 for table 3). This is good as I personally felt that it was a more normal situation compared to when I have been in programmes where it was only the ED patients trying to eat in a smaller room which was their own dining room. If you aren’t ready to go down to the dining room you can always stay and eat at the nurses station and get extra support and help there.
Finally I guess I should mention the snacks. There are 3 snack times which are Morning tea, afternoon tea and supper. Some patients have late supper on their meal plan which is after supper at about 9pm or so (I used to have late supper, and quite a few other girls did too). The snacks (AM tea, PM tea, supper and late supper if it’s on your meal plan) are all item which you could easily find at your local Coles or Woolies which is handy as it is things which are familiar opposed to other places I have been at where it is ‘normal’ to have a fortisip as morning tea when in reality you can’t really get that at the supermarket.
I am so sorry that this answer is a bit all over the place, hopefully it clears up any concerns that you have at all. Best of luck, just let me know if you want any other help. xxx
Goodness these girls are amazing. I don’t know what I would do without them!!!
I seriously don’t know what I would do without my amazing best friends. We have a group chat set up and I was talking about how my scale was absolutely ruining me and filling my thoughts, I’ve made a deal and promise with them that I’m not going to weigh myself until the 17th which is the morning that I leave. That means that I will not have weighed myself ‘propely’ according to my stupid scale rituals for 9 days since the 8th of December the day after I came back from Seattle.
If I said I wasn’t scared and anxious and petrified I would be lying because the truth is the tI’m fucking scared and please don’t mind my language in both this text here as well as the one above because I’m just beyond scared but I can do it. I am not Anorexia’s slave, I don’t need to weigh myself to feel worth.
I love Regina Specktor so much! And Missy Higgins is fantastic too! :)
YES!!! Everybody always questions me about liking Missy Higgins and I just have to stop and stare and be like, have you heard her music? I is raw and beautiful and she is so super talented!
Oh course I can. I have answered a couple of questions about northside before so check out my answers to those which can be found at the following link (HERE - I actually typed /tagged/northside into my blog and that’s what the link is) Another link you may want to have a peek at is this question which talks about what it is link in an inpatient setting and my answer is based of my experiences at Northside (HERE).
Overal beyond those links I will mention that there are now two locations of the Northside group with have inpatient for eating disorders. The one at Greenwich and now more recently since part way through the year Northside west. It is my understanding that the two programmes are fairly similar with only minor differences and really it will depend on your psychiatrist which one you will go to. For example even though I have had numerous admissions at Northside in Greenwhich if I were to go inpatient again it would be at Northside west as that is where my Psychiatrist is based (unless of course I was willing to change psychiatrists which I am not).
In general inpatient settings are designed to really take all control away from your eating disorder and replace it with the structure of the programme which is not just refeeding your body and brain (which is still obviously very important). You will learn tools and techniques to assist you to change you relationship with food, weight, shape and exercise to one that is more positive and healthy including mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally and cognitively. I have found that overall the staff at Northside are all trained to specifically know how to deal with patients who suffer from eating disorders and the same staff stick to the same wards which is extremely helpful and important. Overall Northside, I believe, has a very good programme and it is actually where I am on the list for Day programme when I return to Australia if my psychiatrist agrees that I am suitable and also I meet the requirements. Feel free to ask any other questions or any specifics at all as I am very willing to help you. xxx
I was getting anxious as I had applied for this job and still hadn’t heard back yet so as I am out of the country my mum called on my behalf and explained that my phone was not working and I was on leave at current. The woman on the other end of the line said that she had been trying to contact me all of last week and that she wanted me to come in for an interview. I was so upset because I really wanted that job and they have already filled the position. Something positive did happen I guess, the woman said she wanted to keep my resume and she would call me if another similar position came up. I hope something does
I’m currently planning out my meals from now till I get home to keep myself going ok. I hope this is a good thing (Also because I don’t want to have to grocery shop again before I leave, not for anything, as I just did a shop)
Thank you so much for the questions!!! The best thing about Canada has been the things that I have learnt about myself that I wasn’t expecting to and figuring out that my plans don’t always go according to how I expect them to. I love this question about the flavours!!! I used to love eating Vegemite and Honey on toast (Don’t mock it till you try it, it’s AWESOME) and two more would be I love cherry flavoured things because they taste like medicine which I know a lot of people dislike and I can’t really think of a third weird flavour sorry :/
My perfect home would be something light and bright with lots of windows to let in the sun, modern with an open plan split level living (oh and timber floors). It would be somewhere with a bit of land so that I could have a farm type lifestyle however still close to the city. I don’t know who would live there, maybe just me and my dogs or somebody else I don’t really know, but maybe just me and my dogs for now! I don’t really know about and afterlife of any kind, I’m all a bit confused on that and don’t really have any strong opinions there.
I personally don’t think I have ever been in love but that doesn’t mean that I have never loved somebody. I think that being in love means that you are there as a whole, your entire self, raw and honest and you can just be with that person and be content in how you feel about yourself and how you feel about them and it’s all mutual!
Your a family friends??? Please come off anon, I’m begging on you!!! How did you find by blog but I would really love to know who you are, please :) xxx
Thank you for the questions beautiful!!! My favourite movie is a tie between ‘The Notebook’, ‘Titanic’ and ‘The little Mermaid’. Yes I would consider myself religious. I have 2 dogs, Raggamuffin and Scallywag, as wall as 2 budgies, Bambi and one very new addition which mum hasn’t names yet, and also the worlds oldest Goldfish who we have had for 11 years. I not sure where my dream holiday would be but probably somewhere that I could be outdoors a lot and walk around seeing cute and quirky things and explore! I haven’t met any celebrities but I saw Nicole Kidman at the Ballet at the Opera house once and she was absolutely stunning and glowing. The is the most gorgeous person I have ever seen in real life!!! I like most types of music but in listen mainly to slower ballad, lyrical, emotive, often sad music. Think like City and Colour, Jewel, Regina Spektor etc. I would love to see Regina Spektor, that would be Fabulous!!! The best thing about my old school was probably my drama class. It was the only class where I didn’t feel out of place 100% of the time. Ok, this question is super hard to choose one celebrity to mother or father my child! I Seriously have no idea, can I choose a sports star? Because if that’s the case I would choose Chris Judd from the Carlton AFL team. I flick between quite a few channels but the top three I listen to would be 101.4 2DayFM, 103.2 Hope FM and when I’m at home on the digital radio I like the listen to Coffee radio :)
I study with music and have recently fallen in love with 8tracks which is a site with all different playlist which is amazing and I suggest everybody looks at it. I can’t sleep with music because it keeps distracts me because I begin to hum harmonies or try figure out the chords and what not not but when I was younger (about 7-10) I used to put the Annie soundtrack on to go to sleep.
I don’t really have a favourite band or artist but some of my favourites are Jewel, City and Colour, Regina Spektor, Missy Higgins, Birdy etc.
My first pet as a Basset Hound called Benbowen Montgomery. His name was so long because he was an ex-Australian Champion show dog and our neighbour was going to put him down as she couldn’t show him and more and couldn’t just him to breed anymore so we got him for free. We just called him Monty!
Firstly thank you, I hope I can get through this too, it’s only 1 week now!!!
1. My favourite pastime is probably spending time with my dogs in the backyard on a super sunny day with a cup of tea and some music.
2. Favourite memory? That’s hard, probably being in plays and musicals. I used to love performing and still do but before my ED began to take over I absolutely loved to perform.
3. I am half morning and half night! Hehe. I get up early when I have rowing and on those days I’m up at 4:30 am but I also love a good sleep in at times.
4. I would like to have kids eventually if I ever find somebody who wants to have kids with me! I do have names that I love and they are Mackenzie or Lorelei for a girl or Luka, William or Noah for a boy.
5. Why are you so gorgeous and kind? You are seriously too kind anon xxx