First Steps

First Steps is Derbyshire only eating disorder charity which aims to help people in the surrounding area who have been affected my an eating disorder, whether this is themselves or families. The unique aspect about the charity is that the majority of staff and volunteers have had personal experience and are willing to offer advice and support to ANYONE and ANY AGE.

This charity has and continues to help my own struggle with anorexia with my long term aim being able to raise money for them especially through running. Without them, I would probably be in an eating disorders clinic and have a very different view to life that I do know. This blog and recovery account on Instagram @first_steps_to_running shows people all the first steps and the challenges someone with anorexia faces in recovery as well as all the positives that the process has taught me.

The charity has provided me with a unique one to one session with some one who understands exactly what I am going through. After being utterly disappointed by the NHS, I saw the need to start fundraising for this charity which is making such a big impact for so many. Eating disorders is a very complex thing but affects so many so I believe it’s time we started to sort out the services provided and raise awareness.

 

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Spiced Carrot Oats

I do literally live of oats. You can do so much with the simple humble ingredient which is also inexpensive, gluten free, low in saturated fat, high in fiber and its filling. Oats can be so simple to make either with water or plant based milk there is very little one can do to make it go wrong.

However, as my obsession with oats grew so did my need to spice them up and add different ingredients. I never considered vegetables in my breakfast until I came up with this incredible little recipe. This recipe is quite like carrot cake so it feels indulgent but its a super healthy alternative.

I always recommend doing oats on the stove or hob rather than the microwave but obviously when in a rush this is a convenient option.

DSC_0382Difficulty: Easy

Serves: 1

80g Rolled Oats

250ml of water or plant based milk (Almond works well here but I usually do half milk and half water)

One medium carrot (grated or spiralized)

1 teaspoon of ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

30g raisins

Optional: 15g of walnut halves for the topping (or another other nut, I usually use whole almonds)

Simply add the oats, carrots, raisins and the milk or water to the saucepan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes on a medium heat until they are hot and creamy.

Just before they reach this stage, I usually add the cinnamon and ginger so the spices are tasted throughout.

I tend to use organic rolled porridge oats but some types of oats will take a longer period of time to cook and will need a higher volume of liquid.

Give the mixture a good stir and pour into a bowl and enjoy topped with your favourite nuts.

If you try the recipe please tag me it in on my instagram @firststepstorunning.

Ellie