“I was leading a truly magical life, but my eating disorder had plagued me my whole life. After doing Wendy’s MyMT™ programme, I changed my entire way of thinking.“
Two years ago Romany (in the banner above) published her book ‘Spun Into Gold – The Secret Life of a Female Magician’‘. It was about her unusual journey from a podgy teenage would-be ballerina, to becoming a magician performing on cruise ships and at fabulous international events. She was leading a truly magical life and listening to the whispers of intuition as she travelled the world.
But underlying all of this, was her secret life as someone who had and was suffering an eating disorder.
When she came on the MyMT™ programme, I thought her name was a bit unusual, so I emailed her to ask if I had it correctly – the same first and last names. “Yes, you do” she wrote back, “but to find out why, you need to read my book.”
And read it I did. I couldn’t put it down. Here she was, a young woman working in a corporate job in England, but harbouring her secret desire to hit the stage and light up the room as a Magical Magician.
Reading it on a flight one day, my absorption was such that I have no recollection of the flight I was on. As I sat in various airport lounges, I got to know the younger version of Romany Romany, her stage-name, which she then changed (to her parent’s horror) into her now-name.
By the time I arrived at my destination, I knew I had to email her and ask her if she could be part of the MyMT™ story too. She had already been emailing me, saying how much she had enjoyed the programme and could at last, “get into my Magician’s dress”.
Now, with her events cancelled due to Covid, Romany has had to ‘pivot’ again. I caught up with her earlier this week … which is also how I came across her amazingly delicious Magical Spelt Loaf recipe below.
“Two years ago, I was fifty and still suffering from the eating disorder which had plagued me my whole life. It started when I was fifteen and wanted to be slim enough to be a dancer. When I wrote the book, I decided that being fifty and finally happy, I was willing to ‘come out’ and tell my story with the hope that it would help anyone struggling with the same issues.
As soon as it was published (see details below), I was inundated with a ‘me too’ response from both friends and strangers who confessed to having struggled with weight and body image for decades.
The curious thing is that two years after ‘coming out,’ two years after failing to find a solution to struggling with my weight and eating disorder since I was 15, I’m now totally well! I mean it, my constant struggle has vanished! I eat what I want (including too much chocolate!) and am two kilos lighter than I was for 30 years!
What happened? Well, the first change was Wendy’s My Menopause Transformation program. With permission to swap extreme over-exercising for a simple daily brisk walk, plus instruction to include slow release carbs instead of the high protein/ no carbs plan from my ex-trainer (male of course) my body came back into balance.
Plus, since I had almost two years away from performing due to covid restrictions, I had very little stress. Someone also suggested that moving from the shame and despair of a secret eating disorder to a different vibration of trying to help others gave me a better environment to heal. Whatever the reason, I’m very glad!
I’m now 53 and have lost all ambition to continue as a magician. Instead, I want to use my experience to help younger generations. I love speaking (as my husband will tell you!) and am now going out as a speaker with the subject of persistence and magical thinking, telling my story and hopefully encouraging people to never give up!”
When Romany emailed me during the week from her small cottage in the UK, saying she was making her delicious Spelt Loaf, I could almost smell it cooking in the oven. I was so pleased that she shared the recipe with you, so you might smell it in your oven too as well as taste its ‘deliciousness’ knowing how good it is for your health.
Spelt is an excellent source of carbohydrates and dietary fibre. It is rich in iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, and niacin (vitamin B-3), all wonderful nutrients for your ageing heart and blood vessels. It’s high fibre content also helps in blood sugar regulation too. Compared with wheat, spelt contains:
- a higher protein content (15.6 percent in spelt vs. 14.9 percent in wheat)
- a higher fat content (2.5 percent vs. 2.1 percent)
- less insoluble fibre (9.3 percent vs. 11.2 percent)
- less total fibre (10.9 percent vs. 14.9 percent)
Romany’s Magical Spelt Loaf
400 gm of wholemeal spelt flour
100 gm of oats
1 heaped teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
Nuts and/or raisins as desired
1 packet or 7gm of Easy Bake Yeast
1 mug of warm water.s.
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Add 1 large mug of warm water and stir until ingredients are mixed well. Oil a loaf tin and cover sides with flour. Shape the dough in the bowl. Place in the loaf tin. Allow to rise for about 1 hour in a warm, dry place. Once risen, bake at 180 C for about 25-35 minutes. Enjoy!
Reprinted with permission. www.romanymagic.com
If you would like to read Romany’s book, here are the links for you.
Book Depository (Free worldwide shipping). http://bit.ly/2ONMFvB