“My fondest memory of the course is from ‘burger week’. The music was on, people were chatting, it was fun and I felt comfortable being there. I’ve taken with me back to my home life something of that experience so, for example, I now put music on when I cook.
“There was a lot of support on the course from the staff which made me feel safe being me. For me it was a place where I could really be myself and not “Sarah the patient” or “Sarah with the eating disorder”.
“I liked the fact that I could come as I was, even if I struggled that day or wasn’t at my best. I knew that coming to the class, even when I’d had almost no sleep the night before and I wasn’t well, would make me feel better. It was an anchor in my week I looked forward to.
“I liked being invited gently to try new things, as well as being encouraged to adapt things to my own taste and experiment with different ingredients. I learned that recipes are frameworks and not prescriptions so I’m now playing with them and using different ingredients. I like chopping onions so much now, that I tend to eat more of them because of that.
“I also learned different ways to cook rice, and many tips about how to avoid wasting food. The one I remember most is how to use cauliflower leaves when I cook, something I’d never thought of before.
“I achieved a lot, things I wouldn’t have achieved in any other way. I’ve grown as a person, improved my social life and met new people. I am generally happier and more comfortable in groups now.”
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