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Poorna Bell

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Mixed Up Book Club with Poorna Bell on what a ‘strong woman’ actually looks like and the important links between mental health and physical strength

Mixed Up

The one where we realise strong women are always learning Emma and Nicole speak to award-winning journalist, author and competitive powerlifter, Poorna Bell about her new book Stronger: Changing Everything I Knew About Women’s Strength. We discuss the shift in what a “strong woman” actually looks like, how the fitness industry can create safe spaces for women of colour, and the grassroots communities that are shaking the table. Preorder our book The Half Of It: https://amzn.to/3rDq1qo Our website: https://www.mixedup.co.uk/ Our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mixeduppodcast Our Instagram: https://instagram.com/mixedup.podcast Poorna’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/poornabell/ See My Strong: https://www.instagram.com/seemystrong/ Culture Mix: Jessie Mei Li interview with The Beat: https://www.comicsbeat.com/interview-jessie-mei-li-shadow-and-bone/ Black Ballad on sickle cell disease: https://blackballad.co.uk/views-voices/sickle-cell-trait-dating-having-children

1hr 14mins

7 Jul 2021

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S2, E8 - Poorna Bell


On this week’s episode of Priorities, I’m in conversation with award-winning journalist and author Poorna Bell. Some of the topics we cover include: Tapping into our undiscovered physical and mental strength How life events can change you at your core Letting go of the stuff that doesn’t really matter How to push ourselves out of our comfort zone Will you agree with Poorna’s priorities? Have a listen and find out. Priorities explores the things in life that really matter. Join Lily Silverton as she explores priorities, and how these can help you successfully navigate this demanding modern world. Thinking about your own priorities? This podcast will help you move closer to the life you truly want to live. Follow Lily on Instagram: www.instagram.com/lily_silverton | For free resources & to work with Lily: www.lilysilverton.com | #prioritiespodcast | Follow Poorna: https://www.instagram.com/poornabell/ Buy Stronger: https://www.waterstones.com/book/stronger/poorna-bell/2928377050955 Thank you to our sponsor, the Healthy Living Store Music: Aaron Horn.

1hr 4mins

5 May 2021

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Ep388: Stronger Tommorow Than Today with Poorna Bell

Harriet Minter Presents: Badass Women’s Hour

Do you feel strong? Journalist and author Poorna Bell talks to Harriet Minter about how she found both inner and outer strength when she took up powerlifting. Poorna’s new book “Stronger” looks at what society tells us about women’s strength and turns it on its head.What about when you go and speak to your doctor? Do you feel strong then? A new study discovers that twenty percent of women who went to see their doctor about gynaecological issues, left feeling like their concerns had been treated as trivial. Plus Harriet shares some advice for a listener feeling anxious about being around crowds of people at her friend's wedding. Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuest: Poorna Bell - @poornabell To have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com Stronger, by Poorna BellWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet MinterSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


4 May 2021

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Poorna Bell | Author and Journalist | Episode 46 | Girls In Movement | Podcast Series

Girls In Movement Podcast

Episode 46 is one to miss this week - we talk to Author and Journalist Poorna Bell who has recently published her new book, Stronger.An award-winning journalist, charismatic motivational speaker, published author and influencer, Poorna Bell works extensively across several areas including women's journalism, women in business, fitness and strength, body image, wellness, mental health and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion. The former UK Executive Editor and Global Lifestyle Head for HuffPost, Poorna now works as a freelance journalist and editor for titles including The Guardian, Red magazine, Stylist, Grazia, Women's Health and the Daily Telegraph. A popular public speaker and event facilitator, Poorna also received Stylist magazine's Rising Star Award at their inaugural Remarkable Women Awards 2019. We speak to Poorna today about her new book, her journey as a journalist, women in colour and the importance of role models. Poorna’s debut book, Chase the Rainbow, was published in 2017, to high acclaim. The personal memoir is the story of one man’s journey with mental health told by the woman who loved him. Poorna's third book, Stronger, came out last week. The part manifesto, part memoir is inspired by Poorna's journey to find physical strength following her husband's passing, after which she became a competitive powerlifter and the book aims the help lay a roadmap for how women can tap into their own physical and mental strength. Poorna also hosts See My Strong, a personal blog which champions stories of womxn and fitness traversing all races, ages, body shapes and sizes, aiming to inspire and empower beyond the mainstream. Using her social media platforms for good, Poorna was named on the Marie Claire Verified power list 2019, which champions women who use Instagram to amplify positive messages, inspire others and open difficult conversations with honesty and candour. An avid weightlifter, Poorna credits the sport for helping her throughout her grief, providing her with not only physical, but mental strength, body confidence and resilience too. Her work in the fitness space and position within the diversity and female empowerment conversation has led to a number of high profile collaborations with brands including NatWest, Bupa, Lululemon, Sweaty Betty and Sport England's This Girl Can campaign. A judge for The Mind Media Awards, Poorna is also the chair of the print category for judging the Own Media Awards. She has also sat on the judging panels for the prestigious The British Book Awards, Sony World Photography and First Women Awards. Working in every facet of the media, Poorna has regularly been a guest on TV and radio with appearances including BBC 5Live and BBC Radio 4. Additionally, she is also a regular guest on podcasts, including Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place and The Book of Man with Professor Green.


1 May 2021

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71. Poorna Bell - I am. I have

I am. I have

Poorna Bell, award-winning journalist, public speaker, competitive amateur power-lifter and author whose latest offering is Stronger: Changing Everything I Knew about Women’s Strength joins Happiful's podcast to talk about embracing gratitude, being a work in progress and remembering our ability to grow through the toughest of times. Find out more about Poorna Buy Stronger: Changing Everything I Knew about Women’s Strength Getting help Find more information on mental health helplines here For information about private online counselling and therapists visit counselling-directory.org.uk If you need to speak to someone immediately, the Samaritans are available 24-hours a day on 116 123 and you can also email jo@samaritans.org Download the Happiful App here


27 Apr 2021

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Season 4: Episode 06: Poorna Bell

Crazy Sexy Food

I have wanted to get Poorna Bell onto the podcast for so long, and finally my dreams are reality! If you haven’t heard about Poorna, she’s a force to be reckoned with. She’s the former Executive Editor of HuffPost UK, and the author of 2 incredible books, documenting her journey in the aftermath of devastatingly loosing her husband, Rob, to suicide. She’s back with a new novel, Stronger, all about the mental and physical strength within women. We talk all about her childhood between the UK and India and the delicious Indian food her mother would cook, we delve into the worrying topic of ‘Diet Culture’ and we realise we both love Honey & Co restaurant. But most importantly… is her favourite crisps. You’ll just have to listen to find out! @poornabell@crazysexyfood@hannahharleywww.crazysexyfood.comMusic by @casnova____This season is sponsored by Future Farm. Future Farm are Brazil's first revolutionary meatless meat producer. Known in Brazil as Fazenda Futuro, they’re fuelled by a vision of a world where people no longer choose to eat meat from animals, because plant-based substitutes out-performs it in all areas. Future Farm’s award-winning products have recently launched onto UK shelves with their range of products which can match animal products on flavour, texture and taste using 100% natural and sustainable ingredients. The range current consist of the Future Burger, Future Mince, Future Meatballs and Future Sausages, available now at Sainsbury’s https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/gol-ui/SearchDisplayView?filters[keyword]=future%20farm@futurefarm#FutureFarmPartner See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 16mins

20 Apr 2021

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Poorna Bell

All The Small Things

CW: brief mention of suicide.Poorna Bell (she/her) is an award-winning journalist, digital editorial expert, three-time author, mental health ambassador and badass power-lifter. This month sees the release of her fantastic new book: “Stronger: Changing Everything I Knew About Women's Strength”. Part memoir, part manifesto, this book starts a conversation about women’s strength and fitness, tapping into the reservoir of mental strength we each have, in a way that has absolutely nothing to do with weight loss. Poorna shares her own story, as well as drawing on research and telling the stories of other women who’ve forged their own path. This book is intersectional, refreshing and a necessary interrogation of the health and fitness industry, as well as the government’s role when it comes to mental health. I absolutely LOVED it.In this episode, we discuss diet culture, mental health, the government's co-opting of the mental health movement during the pandemic, the menopause, representation and more.Find Poorna on Twitter @PoornaBellFind Poorna on Instagram: @PoornaBellPre-order her book: StrongerFollow her community: @SeeMyStrongPoorna’s book recommendation: Luster by Raven LeilaniThank you to REN Clean Skincare for sponsoring this episode. Here are two of my favourite products that I mentioned, the Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic and the Clean Screen Mattifying Mineral SPF 30This episode is also kindly sponsored by Papier. Head to and use code 'VENETIA15' for 15% off your first order.All The Small Things is co-produced and edited by Venetia La Manna and produced by Holly Falconer, with music composed by William Haxworth and artwork designed by Alex Sedano.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


20 Apr 2021

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Colourism: skin tone bias, status, and the white lens with Poorna Bell and Tobi Kyeremateng

Unpretty Podcast

The topic of colourism has come up again and again throughout our conversations on the Unpretty Podcast so we wanted to take the time to properly unpack and understand all elements, across various cultures. Living in the West, in a largely white society - where a good tan is associated with luxury and a sign of good health - colourism feels like a concept as foreign as our names. But it still very much lives within the black and brown communities, both in our native countries and in the western world. We want to unpack the cultural history of colourism from past tense to the modern day - discussing skin bleaching, media representation and dating in modern society. Unpretty Podcast https://www.instagram.com/unprettypodcast/ https://twitter.com/unprettypodcast Poorna Bell https://www.instagram.com/poornabell/https://twitter.com/poornabell Tobi Kyeremateng https://www.instagram.com/tobikyere/ https://twitter.com/tobikyere Galdem: How colourism and misogynoir affected a generation of dark-skinned black women on and off the timeline - https://gal-dem.com/how-colourism-and-misogynoir-affected-a-generation-of-dark-skinned-black-women-twitter/ Stylist: How I finally changed the conversation around colourism in my family - https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/colourism-skin-whitening-poorna-bell-beauty-standards/292569 Dazed Beauty: Beauty brands need to do more if they actually want to end colourism - https://www.dazeddigital.com/beauty/body/article/49789/1/colourism-fair-and-lovely-loreal-unilever-skin-whitening-bleaching-products See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


10 Nov 2020

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19: #19: Returning To Exercise After Illness With Poorna Bell

Train Happy Podcast

This week we have a special LIVE episode with Author and Journalist and founder of the See My Strong community Poorna Bell from the Fora Restore20 week. We discussed Poorna’s experience with COVID and how it has impacted her physically and mentally and how she is managing the path back to full strength. We also discussed the lack of diverse representation in the fitness industry and how the recent Gym Shark controversy demonstrates the need to change the fitness narrative. You can find out more about Poorna’s work here: www.poornabell.com Follow: @poornabell and @seemystrong Follow the podcast: @trainhappypodcast #trainhappypodcast Follow Tally: @tallyrye Train Happy Book: https://bitlink.me/AaZZg

1hr 7mins

6 Oct 2020

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Poorna Bell on powerlifting, grief, and finding inner strength

History Becomes Her

Content warning: This episode contains discussion of suicide and grief. Poorna Bell is an author and journalist who is actively challenging our ingrained beliefs about mental health, loss, and strength. Bell is also a powerlifter and writes about the stereotypes and cultural barriers faced by South Asian women when it comes to sport. In this episode of History Becomes Her, Bell talks about how lifting weights helped her find inner strength after the death of her husband in 2015. Bell also discusses how she moved forward with her grief, how she came to terms with societal stigmas and stereotypes surrounding grief and being widowed, and how she feels about the term 'moving on'. Bell's new book In Search of Silence (Simon & Schuster) tells the story of how she rebuilt her life and moved forward with her grief.If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the Samaritans (UK) on 116 123. If you're in the U.S., text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this list is a good place to start.Please subscribe, rate, and review. Find us on Twitter and Instagram: @HBHPod. You can find Rachel on Twitter @RVT9. Special thanks to Poorna Bell, Simon & Schuster, and Siren Talent Management.Credits: Creator and host: Rachel ThompsonProducers: Maria Dermentzi and Nikolay NikolovEditor: Shannon ConnellanMusic: Christianne StrakerIllustration: Vicky LetaSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


7 May 2020