HOW I STAY HEALTHY
‘The Nude Nutritionist’ shares her tips
I started dieting when I was about 10 years old. I used my mum’s calorie counter book and became very conscious of the foods that I was ‘allowed’ and ‘not allowed’ to have. My weight was healthy, but I was always trying to lose weight. I guess I wanted to be leaner. All of the dieting led me to become obsessed with food, but in a really unhealthy way. This led me down the path of binge eating. I would restrict my intake so severely and then eat when no one was looking, because I never gave myself permission to eat the things that I really wanted. This restrict-binge cycle continued for my entire adolescence, until I was about 17, when I decided I wanted to become a dietitian. Studying nutrition made me realise that dieting doesn’t work. It hadn’t helped me lose weight at all. In fact, I was the heaviest I had ever been, hated my body and had severe anxiety. It was this realisation that led me to become a non-dieting dietitian, and lose 20kg — and keep it off.