Herro! Welcome to my world Filled with parsnips, horses, coffee, running, and me – Freya. If you want the looonnngg drawn out version of the About Me page, scroll down a tad – if not, here’s the important bits:
- I’m a 21 year old British girl, living in the South East of England and I’ve just graduated with a First class degree in Psychology.
- I have the most delightful horse in the world; Chika, a TB x Appaloosa. We’ve done everything from endurance rides to affiliated dressage to cross country training to showing – but for now, she’s just there to look cute and fluffy, and occassionally to let me put on my dressage hat, hop on, and float about the arena for a bit :p
- I’m a RUNNER! You can get more details in the running page, but for now – I’ve been running about 2years, and have done 3 half marathons and one full marathon. My next half marathon is on October 9th, in aid of The Brooke Hospital for Animals.
- I’m a vegan, and a vegetable fiend. Give me a parsnip, a kabocha, some chickpeas and some dark chocolate, and you’ll make me smile. It’s the little things!
They be the basics
I’ve had a strange history with healthy living, food and exercise. When I was young, I was an extremely picky eater and literally lived off of honey sandwiches, chocolate, bran flakes and crisps. As I got into my TweenLight Years, I began to expand my diet – to include more chocolate, more crisps, lots of Nutella, the occasional kiwi, Sultana Bran…oh, and garlic cabbage. That’s about the It. I did a lot of exercise, swimming when I was younger, and endurance riding later on.
However, I was not a happy bunny. I was struggling at school – I was shy, not confident, and not liked. People mistook my shyness (and still do) for rudeness, when I was actually just plain old afraid to talk to them. Combined with the stress of exams, teenage pressures and just being who I was, I developed anorexia at age 16 or 17.
It started as a desire to just eat a bit healthier – a chicken breast and plain salad for dinner – but soon escalated. When I was 18, I went outpatient with a treatment centre and spent the summer trying to recover. I was part way there, then started uni that autumn. As I was in one heck of a messed up place mentally, I didn’t settle and didn’t make any friends. The first housing I was placed in was horrific, and after 6 weeks I moved into a different building. By that stage however, I was depressed and losing weight, and so at Christmas 2008, moved back home and commuted in.
Being home was what I needed – over the next year +, I focused on recovery, with the help of my incredible and understanding mum – she rocks my world!!
Fast forward to 2011 – I’d say I’m recovered. I still have the odd ED thought, and I still struggle with things on occasion, especially when I’m stressed; but the trick is, I can deal with bad thoughts now, recognize them for what they are, and not let them take over my life.
I don’t regret a second of my ED though; yes, it screwed up uni for me (I still don’t have any friends there), but it’s made me a stronger person. I’ve discovered I adore cooking, nutrition and ‘health’ on a whole, and I actually want to make a career out of it
Here are some ‘Top Tens’ about me – feel free to comment and leave your own, I love reading them!
Top Ten Activities:
- Cinema trips/Favourite TV show marathons
- Drinking hot chocolateDoes vegan instant hot chocolate exist!?
- Reading trashy magazines I’m trying to phase them out; I’ve noticed the more I read them, the WORSE I feel about myself!
- Gossiping with my mum and/or sister
- Shopping – at the supermarket or at the normal shops!
Top Ten Foods:
- Squash – butternut, kabocha, crown prince…I’ll eat them all
- Sweet potato
- Greek yogurt Green Monsters!!
- Ben and Jerry’s chocolate brownie/ Green and Black’s dark chocolate
- Peanut butter banana oatmeal (yes strictly speaking that’s more than one food…but it’s a ‘thing’)
- Roast parsnip
- Stuffed pasta I’m yet to try vegan stuffed pasta :s
- Smoked salmon Tempeh
Top Ten LEAST Favourite Foods:
- Cooked cheddar
- Cheese twists
- Plain cow’s milk
- Tea (it tastes just like dirty water :/)
- Creme Brulee
- Baked potato
- Plain pasta
Top Ten Random Things About Me:
- I live in South East England, where I divide my time between my house at uni, and my house at home!!
- I have a TB X Appaloosa horse called Chika,whom I’ve had for 5years. She’s fat, fluffy and a bit of a spak, and I wouldn’t have her any other way. We’re best friends!
- I. LOVE. FOOD. I love eating it, I love cooking with it, I love looking at it, I love buying it. I can easily kill 3hours just wondering around a supermarket (even if all I want is some veggies…). A dream daytrip to me would be to Whole Foods – it’s the simple things
- I love American TV – Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, 30 Rock, Will & Grace, Friends, 8 Simple Rules, ER…..
- Talking of America – I want to live there! It’s my ultimate dream. So seriously, if any nice single American men who would like a nice English wife who will cook for them lots – send us an email! The same goes for any American employers out there; I’m very hard working!
- I love running – see the Second Love of my Life page.
- I enjoy Christmas music all year round – it’s never the wrong time of year for some Christmas cheer!!
- Hardly random, but you’ll notice it soon enough – I make a LOT of type errors! I type too fast and the ‘n’ key on my keyboard is missing, so it throws me somewhat. That’s my excuse anyhow!!
- I have a big big crush on Arnold Schwarzenegger, the one and only. I have about 16 of his films…
- …And I can blame that on my Dad – he showed me The Terminator when I was young and impressionable, now I’m hooked!
Peanut butter, Chika, American TV (Desperate Housewives, Gossip Girl, 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, E.R., Friends, Will & Grace, 8 Simple Rules, Sex and the City…I could go on!), kabocha squash, cinema trips (accompnied by lots of Ben & Jerry’s!), reading [well written!] chick lit, parsnips, oatmeal, greek yogurt, America, horses, hanging with my sister, the feeling you get after a successful long run, reading recipe books, baking, cinnamon (on EVERYTHING), hot chocolate, supermarket (!) and normal shopping, christmas and everything about it – bad music included, long drives with my mum, fresh figs and dried dates.
Cauliflower, cheddar cheese, windy weather, scientific films, overly hot weather, not living in the USA, arguments, being sick, being poor (a common occurance as a student…), wet feet/leaky shoes, cold hands.