Just Eat Normally Podcast: What is Normal Eating?

Welcome to episode 1 of the JUST EAT NORMALLY podcast for eating disorder recovery.

With me, Dr Rachel Evans; psychologist, hypnotherapist and eating disorder survivor. I specialise in helping frustrated women who feel like they’ve tried everything to overcome an eating disorder to break free and feel better about food and their body.

In this episode, as with my 1-to-1 clients, I bring together academic knowledge and theories, therapeutic skills and personal experience for a unique perspective on eating disorder recovery.

Join me every week on this podcast as I speak to fellow experts in eating disorder recovery, eating disorder survivors with inspiring stories and throw in some bite-sized solo episodes with recovery tips.

The goal is to give you food for thought; to shift your mindset, boost your motivation and help you find your own version of normal eating, which will allow you to live a truly Nourished life.

Please remember that this podcast shares opinions and information, it isn’t for the diagnosis or treatment of an eating disorder or mental health issues.

What Is Normal Eating?

Definition by Ellen Satter
From the book How to Get Your Kid to Eat … But Not Too Much

“Normal eating is being able to eat when you are hungry and continue eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it-not just stop eating because you think you should. Normal eating is being able to use some moderate constraint in your food selection to get the right food, but not being so restrictive that you miss out on pleasurable foods. Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you are happy, sad or bored, or just because it feels good. Normal eating is three meals a day, most of the time, but it can also be choosing to munch along. It is leaving some cookies on the plate because you know you can have some again tomorrow, or it is eating more now because they taste so wonderful when they are fresh. Normal eating is overeating at times: feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. It is also undereating at times and wishing you had more. Normal eating is trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in eating. Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps its place as only one important area of your life.

In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your emotions, your schedule, your hunger, and your proximity to food.”

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  1. Penelope Tate says:

    Hi Rachael, I’m currently at university studying Health Psychology and recovering from an eating disorder. I have found your podcast so helpful because I have never heard people address the elephant in the room, or over-exercising. Thank you for being candid about it, because I finally understand that I’m not alone. You’re very inspiring, thank you!

    • Rachel Evans says:

      Hi 🙂 Thankyou so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I’m glad you found the podcast helpful.

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Dr Rachel Evans

Eating Disorder Recovery Therapist