#11 Author, Actress & Speaker Mel Wells: Finding Purpose After An Eating Disorder
"Follow the breadcrumbs. Just follow those little nudges, whispers, signs and clues of what you enjoy and what your soul really enjoys. be really honest about that. If you want to change your life, start by doing more things that you love. Surround yourself by people that inspire you rather than drain you. Have more friendships with people who are doing things that they’re really excited about."
My guest this episode is Certified Health Coach, International Speaker, Bestselling Author and Actress, Mel Wells.
At the age of 18, Mel landed her dream job as an actress on popular UK soap Hollyoaks. On the surface, she had it all. But beyond the magazine covers and showbiz parties, Mel was suffering from an Eating Disorder that ruled her life, leaving her feeling empty and unhappy.
In 2012, Mel’s life changed forever when her Dad died from cancer. Combating her struggles with food became more urgent and purposeful, and Mel trained in nutrition to become a health coach. Over time, Mel healed her relationship with herself and food, and embarked on a second career, launching a coaching business. Her passion, she says, is “helping women establish a brand new relationship with food” and for the past five years she’s been doing just that. She is Hay House’s Youngest author has been featured in Forbes Under 30, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan and more as a leading women’s expert in her field.
In early 2018, Mel made the brave decision to return back to where it all began, almost a decade later, to pursue a career in acting once again. She said: “It’s never too late to return to that inner child inside of you - that little girl full of dreams - and make her come alive again.”
In this episode, Mel and I talk all about her childhood ambition to become an actress and how she manifested this. She opens up about how issues with body image and food took complete hold of her life for six years. Mel speaks candidly about what this was like, but also how a new path opened up as a result of this very struggle.
As an author of two bestselling books, Mel shares plenty of fantastic advice for people craving what she calls a "full up" life. She explains how she helps other women and how you can help yourself too. And finally, she also speaks about the future and how she is returning to what her inner-child desired (while doing everything else). Mel really is a true multi-tracked, multi-talented, multi-hyphenate.