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Orthorexia and Eating Clean: Summary
Carly Faye Loewenthal, a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDNP), coaches patients with eating disorders. She is an advocate for integrating physical health and mental health treatment and believes that a severe obsession with healthy eating, known as orthorexia, can be harmful and advocates for a balanced approach toward food choices.
We cover Carly’s personal journey from dealing with mental and physical health issues, including anorexia in her college years, and her transformation in reclaiming her health and well-being. She mentioned that the typical client she works with is between the ages of 20 and 45 and is ready to fully commit to their transformation.
She highlighted the importance of emotional processing and stated that many of her clients have repressed trauma that contributes to their disordered eating. Carly stressed that obsessive behaviors around exercise, food, and body image consumed her every day, demonstrating a clear lack of control and indicating a disorder.
In contrast, a clean eating lifestyle would involve thoughtful choices about food and supplements without creating anxiety or stress about missing a supplement or having a certain type of food. Carly shared a success story of a client who, in four months, managed to regain control of her disordered eating, establish a new career path, and move to a new state.
This episode emphasized the interplay of mental and physical health, the importance of recognizing and processing shame and repressed emotions, and cautioned against the risk of developing orthorexia from an overemphasis on eating “clean”. It ends with a call to action for listeners to take the next step in their health journey and learn to process their emotions effectively.
Orthorexia and Eating Clean: Topics
Introduction and Guest Background
Understanding Disordered Eating
Guest’s Personal Health Journey
Exploring Gut Health and Mental Health Connection
Impact of Traumatic Events on Health
Dealing with Depression and Anxiety
Uncovering Autoimmune Condition
Uncovering Repressed Trauma
Dealing with Orthorexia
The Impact of Food Choices on Health
The Power of Mindset in Food Sensitivity
The Role of Belief in Food Sensitivity
The Mind-Body Connection in Food Sensitivity
The Role of Anxiety in Food Choices
The Power of Mindset in Healing
The Balance Between Physical and Mental Health
The Journey of Healing from Disordered Eating
The Role of Shame in Disordered Eating
Where to Find Carly Faye Loewenthal
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