If you like fresh content on a subject I haven’t touched on before, you’re going to love this episode. 

That’s because I’m chatting with Joelle Samantha all about orthorexia, which is an eating disorder that focuses on food quality and “purity.” With more people entering the fitness game every year and consumers becoming more conscious of what they put into their bodies, many people are paying more attention to what they eat. 

For many people, this is a good thing. But with a greater focus on food quality, tracking food, and clean eating than ever before, and misinformation and fad diets abound, it’s not too surprising that orthorexia and other types of similar eating disorders are on the rise.

So, what causes orthorexia, how does it manifest in daily life, and what can people do about it? Joelle is here to help answer these questions.

In case you’re not familiar with her, Joelle has a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and is an educator specializing in women’s health, nutrition, and physique development. She’s also a Legion Athlete, and the head coach and CEO of Level TEN, an evidence-based coaching company. 

I thought she’d make a great guest to talk about orthorexia because she’s not only helped clients get through it, but it’s something she’s dealt with personally in her own life. Her own struggle with nutritional misinformation led to orthorexia, and is what inspired her to become the educator and coach she is today.

In this interview, Joelle and I talk about . . .

  • What orthorexia is and its relationship to control and perfectionism
  • How misinformation and an innocent desire to lose weight can spiral into orthorexia
  • Over-exercising and working out purely to “burn off” small meals
  • How to recover from orthorexia
  • And more . . .

So if you want to learn what orthorexia is, how it can develop, and what to do about it if you think you have an eating disorder, listen to this podcast.

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Timestamps:

13:32 – How did the over exercising manifest?

42:30 – What helped you out during the recovery phase?

Mentioned on the Show: 

Joelle Samantha’s Instagram

Level TEN Coaching

Legion VIP One-on-One Coaching

What did you think of this episode? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!