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Rozanna Purcell says: ‘People need to take it easy on themselves – carbs are the joy of life’

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As a former Miss Universe Ireland, the new ambassador of the Women’s Marathon Vhi Rozanna Purcell was once judged for her appearance and body.

A few years ago, Tipperary native (31) started speaking out about her battle with an eating disorder and how CBT sessions have helped her reassess her sense of self-worth and prevent trap of negative thinking.

Since then, she has won acclaim for her unfiltered swimsuit photos and is honest about her struggles to maintain a positive body image.

However, the author and freelance blogger admits that she finds lip-locking particularly triggering, and that she’s “in no way immune” from the usual social media pressures — and why. Carbs are “the joy of life”.

She was speaking as she helped launch the 2022 Vhi Women’s Marathon, which has seen her chosen as its new ambassador, and posed for the camera in her first photo session in years at Killiney Hill, Co Dublin

. The event is now 40 years old and will take place on Sunday, June 5. For the first time ever, the event will return in person since 2019, and people can also participate from virtually anywhere in the world. by registering. The organizers are also keen to point out that you can also walk the 10km around Dublin City Centre.

“My experience is, I come from a background of chaotic eating and my life depends on my size. My biggest priority is my weight and I’m recovering from that. Roz tells Independent.ie I have a very well balanced relationship between food and body now.

“So while I’m definitely not a body activist since I live in such a straight-sized body, I can tell my own story coming from a controlled place. controlled by dietary culture.

“Now, on the social network that appears on the social network of Covid, we see posts about ‘Oh Covid stone, you should feel it for sure’ We really just went through a pandemic, If you have to buy a new pair of jeans, it’s not the worst!

“I think being in therapy and working on my own relationship with food and my body and then being pushed into a locked-in situation, that makes me really aware. We live online a lot, and that world can really ingrain that negative aspect of people and their relationship with their bodies and food. All of these memes that can be considered jokes can actually be quite harmful. “

The founder of the blog ‘naturalbornfeeder’ believes that the main message is that people need to be easier on themselves.

“The world is not a great place right now. The last thing your body needs when we’re all dealing with stress is to cut back on carbs – they’re the joys of life. My message is, if you’re feeling heavy on your chest, stressed or anxious, if you feel like people won’t look at you that way because you look different after coming out of lockdown, go and talk to someone. .

“That idea can be conveyed to us through social media and the message of society, that our bodies should not change. We have been confined for two years, our bodies age. , we will change.”

Even before the lockdown, she found comfort in the great outdoors and has been running her Walking Life fitness initiative for years in Ireland as she encourages the public take part in your travels. She says being outdoors and talking to friends and family has always been her therapy during difficult times.

Speaking about the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, Roz said: “It will be great.

“I am happy to be involved as I have done before but never as an ambassador. I think even the sense of team that you get from it, that sense of community is amazing. It’s a big event and you don’t even have to run it you can walk.

Registration for the event is now open on www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/people-need-to-go-easy-on-themselves-carbs-are-the-joy-of-life-says-rozanna-purcell-as-she-launches-vhi-womens-mini-marathon-41403190.html Rozanna Purcell says: ‘People need to take it easy on themselves – carbs are the joy of life’

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