Today I’m chatting with Kayla Kotecki, a rebel Holistic Nutritionist who’s sick of women and men suffering from restrictive diets and physical/mental decline, caused by shame around unrealistic and unsustainable diet culture and beauty standard demands. Kayla is the author of Damn the Diets and founder of damnthediets.com. After almost a decade suffering as a [miserable] bikini competitor, fitness model, yo-yo dieter, bulimic, orthorexic, and extreme exercise addict, in which she ruined her physical and mental health, she managed to get her life back, and now she is dedicated to helping others get their lives back as well.
In this episode, Kayla shares her history with undereating and overtraining and how she went “all in” to restore her mental and physical health. We discuss how food volume doesn’t tell you if you’re eating enough, how trauma can affect your relationship with food, and the dark side of bikini competitions. Kayla shares what it was like for her to go all in, eating 10,000 calories a day, why she had to quit exercise, how food restriction can be connected to digestive issues, the rebound effect of weight gain, what normal eating really is, and much more.
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