This week I was delighted to head back to the BBC to record an episode of their disability podcast, BBC Ouch.
It has been a couple of years since I last was a guest, and oh boy, have times changed.
I was initially invited on to talk about how I was using diet (and let’s face it, Extreme Clean Eating) to try and heal from my chronic illnesses. I’ve written a lot about this before, so we don’t need to go into this again, but I’m almost embarrassed to listen to that episode. If I have to listen to myself extolling the virtues of my ‘Plant-Based Diet’ and my belief that it would change my life, I’d want to reach into the depths of the internet archive and slap myself. Hard.
It did change my life, it turned me into an Orthorexic, miserable, food obsessed monster. And, funnily enough, it didn’t cure my chronic illnesses.
No shit, Natasha. No shit.
I’m lucky that I managed to wriggle my way out of that whole thing, but the Instagram scene still worries me a lot, especially the impact that these false promises of health and healing can have on those of us who are desperate to feel better.
It was fab being back in the studio with Kate and Simon, as well as seeing the excellent Ouch team, Damon & Emma. In this episode we talked about chronic illness, #disabledandcute (I’m still working out my thoughts on the word ‘disability’ and what it means for us with an invisible and fluctuating condition), the dangers of clean eating and wellness, accepting your health conditions, and…that height-wise I could totally qualify as a dwarf to add another string to my bow in the Oppression Olympics.
Click below to listen to the podcast! I hope you enjoy it!
As a side note: I know that I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’m currently trying to manage a flare up, lots of work, and other writing projects. I’m still sharing thoughts on important chronic illness topics on Instagram and Twitter, so if you miss my rants, you can find me there!