I have been living with binge eating disorder on and off for the past five years. Therefore, eating disorder research is a topic that is of great interest to me and something that I engage with as much as possible. During my master’s degree in Psychology, I wrote a dissertation on physical activity and binge eating disorder, with great support from Beat, who assisted me with participant recruitment and study promotion. Through Beat, I have also gotten the opportunity to attend an eating disorder conference in Croatia this year. So when I came across a Do it for Charity event – a trek in the Sahara desert to raise money for a charity of my choice – that choice was pretty obvious. I decided to raise money for Beat to support them in the amazing work they do for people living with eating disorders, their promotion of eating disorder research, their support for family and friends of eating disorder sufferers, and their campaigns to spread eating disorder awareness and reduce eating disorder stigma worldwide. Most of all, I wanted to say thank you for all the support they have given me. And so, I signed up for the trek.
The trek consisted of 7 days in the Sahara desert in Morocco, totalling 100km over sand dunes and varying terrain, with walking time amounting to 6-8 hours per day. This would be a challenge for even the fittest of us. For me, it was truly the challenge of a lifetime.
This experience was as much of a mental challenge as a physical one. And I truly believe that my mindfulness practice helped me a great deal along the way. Disconnecting from society and all external communication was just the first part of the challenge, a part that was welcomed and appreciated. And then the real challenge began…
Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my fundraising and during the challenge. You can read more about the fantastic work Beat does here, or add your donation here. Thank you for following my blog!