My medication can make me feel doped up at times, but running and healthy food really helps to combat that, giving me my energy back and basically making me feel alive again
Glen lives with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), which was made considerably worse following bereavement and a relationship breakdown. But changes he’s made to his diet, with the help of his support worker, have helped him turn his life around. He said:
“I was in a really bad way to be honest. And because of my condition I can find preparing food incredibly difficult, so I was turning to junk food and ready meals just because that was the easiest option. With Mark’s help I’ve discovered lots of fresh and healthy alternatives and cut out loads of the bad stuff. Combined with regular exercise this has made a huge difference to my life.
“Along with exercise, eating well makes me feel so much better. My medication can make me feel doped up at times, but running and healthy food really helps to combat that, giving me my energy back and basically making me feel alive again.”
Glen will be running three marathons over the summer. The 55 year old had a long history of self-harming but says that now he has goals to aim for thanks to his running, supported by a healthy diet, he hasn’t self-harmed for over two years.
Glen’s support worker Mark has recently studied nutrition and its impact on mental health, but said even he didn’t realise how transformational diet and exercise could be until he worked with Glen. Mark added:
“It’s been really inspiring to see Glen’s determination to get his life back on track. Running has given him a whole new challenge and focus and he’s realised that in order to do the kind of distances he’s doing he has to eat well. I’ve seen an incredible change in Glen since he took steps to improve his diet. He’s much more in control of his life and state of mind, he’s regained his sense of self-worth and is able to make plans for his future in a way he hadn’t been able to for years.”