Welcome to The Bee's Leaves!

A fresh icon for a fresh new blog serving fresh food!

Before I get started, yes, I know that I'm basically just adding another URL to the cacophony of recipe blogs catering to fad diets and shiny new healthy lifestyle approaches... Even so, I'm happy with my decision to start a brand spanking new addition to the endless list. 'But why?' you might be asking (as have I for a good few months.)

Well, obviously everyone needs to eat - and its a great bonus if its healthy and delicious too - and I like to think I'm becoming pretty good at crafting recipes to cater to a variety of tastes and dietary needs (the first confession of this blog being that it was born in part due to me losing track of just how many recipes I was saving to Google Docs...) But really, the purpose of creating this blog is to bring a love of good, nutritious, tasty food to people who need to fuel their minds and bodies in equal measure. In fact, let me make clear my objective straight away:
The intention behind The Bee's Leaves is to bring a healthy love of healthy food to people recovering from various emotional and psychological traumas - especially, but not limited to, those suffering from eating disorders and depression.
There will be a separate post in the near future detailing my own history with regards to mental health and eating disorders, but for now, know that my goal for this blog comes from a whole lot of personal experience, an ongoing recovery, and a true desire to help people - and, of course, a passion for cooking!

In terms of ethics and dietary choices, I am vegan, and so will be each and every recipe on this blog. This means no meat, no fish, no dairy, no eggs, and no honey (Agave Nectar, anyone?) But what I really want to stress is that the recipes on this blog are not for vegans alone; in fact, many of them have been tested on my vegetarian partner and my omnivorous family and friends who have all loved these creations almost as much as I enjoyed making them! I will be labelling posts with other popular dietary labels (such as refined sugar-free, paleo, gluten-free, and anything else that seems necessary) so please do let me know if you have a special dietary requirement that isn't listed and I can start making my recipes more accessible to a wider audience as soon as possible.

I'm sure a few sceptics out there will be reading this thinking that teaching someone how to make the perfect Quinoa Winter Salad is not going to cure them of Major Depressive Disorder. And they would be completely right! I'm not claiming to possess the miracle cure to very real mental illnesses, and eating healthily - while it undoubtedly will help you to feel like your best self - is not a substitute for getting medical help for serious mental health issues. So I kindly ask everyone reading this who is struggling with these sorts of problems to take this blog with a pinch of salt (yes, often literally) and seek help from friends, family, or healthcare professionals if you are finding it difficult to cope. [Please see the bottom of this post for useful links and support lines.]

However, keeping all that in mind, I truly believe that an interest and dedication to eating in a way that is healthy, enjoyable, and comes at little expense to the planet, can help emotionally damaged people to thrive in their bodies, minds, and souls. And believe me, there is no greater joy than giving back to your support network with tasty treats that you've made from scratch!

If this blog sounds like it matches your recipe-book needs, if you're convinced that you'd like to give a new way of cooking a go, or if you just want to check in every now-and-then, please subscribe to my email list so that you can be notified of every post to come... I know this has been a rather wordy one, with little to no mention of actual recipes, but trust me, they're on their way. I hope you will join me on this journey of the most delicious form of self-care!

Ta-ta for now,
Elbee 🐝

Useful Websites
  • BEAT - Eating Disorder Charity (UK)
  • Mind - Mental Health Charity (UK)
  • NEDA - National Eating Disorders Association (International)
  • NHS Moodzone - Clinical Advice on Mental Health Issues (UK)
  • Samaritans - Emotional Support Charity (UK)
  • Young Minds - Children and Young People's Mental Health Charity (UK)
  • 7 Cups - Free Online Therapy and Counselling (International)
  • Samaritans Helpline, Free & 24-hour: 116 123 (UK & ROI)
  • NEDA Helpline, Toll-free: 1-800-931-2237 (International)