How do I start eating normally, after years of dieting or eating very low calories?
Has this question ever crossed your mind?
You're ready to at least start eating better, stop restricting and get your period back, but every time you try eating more, your body seems to fight against it, giving you all kind of digestive issues.
We've also been constantly told that there are certain foods that are bad for us and therefore, need to be avoided. But is it always true? Maybe it's the years of restrictive dieting that has caused our bodies to react negatively when we're trying to eat something from the “forbidden foods” list? However, we still keep blaming the food…
In today's interview, we're talking about exactly these things with a dietitian, women's hormone expert and personal chef, Cory Levin.
You can see the interview here.
Here are the timestamps of this video:
01:12 How Cory got started in dietetics
02:05 How Cory became a vegan, started eating a low-fat diet, doing intense exercise and how show lost a lot of weight as a result
07:20 Why someone may not look underweight or sick but may still have an eating disorder
09:45 What made Cory realize that she needs to change her diet
11:45 Digestive issues that Cory experienced when she started eating more to recover from hypothalamic amenorrhea
13:45 The problems with eliminating foods and lack of variety in one's diet
15:35 What to do about digestive issues when starting recovery from restrictive eating and/or hypothalamic amenorrhea
16:10 The importance of your microbiome and how it affects your digestion
22:55 Cory's take on current popular diets, especially the Ketogenic diet
26:25 How restricting foods is causing you stress and therefore make you unhealthier
30:00 The problem with two opposite approaches to eating: “clean eating” and “eat everything you want”
31:40 Why restricting foods usually ends with bingeing
34:55 Cory's powerful metaphor: Your body is an athlete and a superstar that needs to recover from an injury, only then it can perform its best
35:45 Three diet myths that Cory wish died for good
39:45 How does Cory's perfect day look like
40:25 Something that Cory is really loving right now
Cory's website The Women's Dietitian
Thank you Cory for sharing your knowledge with us!
Lisa Nixon says
OMG! Cory and Kersten, you are so very informative! You interact as if you’ve been friends for years (but I know you just recently met). Thank you for tying together these threads of knowledge and experience. Your words and concepts will resonate with many. Please keep up the good research and communication, and find ways — as you have here — to connect with like souls. THANK YOU!
Kersten Kimura says
Lisa, thank you so much! We’re both here to help because we know how confusing all this is!
After 12 years of restriction, OCD eating habits, and blandness I’m having a hard time “eating normal”. It’s like I forgot how to eat. My disordered eating and compulsive exercise started later in life for me at 25 yrs. So i keep trying to tell myself to eat like I did in high school – when I was a carefree athlete and ate what I wanted when I was hungry. But I find that I don’t crave anything these days and I get full so fast.