HOW I STAY HEALTHY

‘The Nude Nu­tri­tion­ist’ shares her tips

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - CONTENTS - by di­eti­tian Lyndi Co­hen

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.

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