Food For Thought: Is Your Healthy Eating Making You Sick?

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Are you down to a handful of foods and screaming, “I don’t know what to eat!” Now, we’re not minimizing food sensitivities or allergies. I’ve got several severe ones myself, yet in my years of doing the show and meeting many in the autoimmune world, I’ve noticed a fair share, without testing, have thrown out whole food groups to the point where they are only eating a handful of food types — which is not healthy either. 

Look, our nutrition needs are individual and nuanced. That’s why I invited Amanda Mittman, MS, RDN, LDN, and founder of Happy Valley Nutrition, to help us explore why so many of those diagnosed with autoimmunity have disorganized, disordered eating patterns and many foods, including multiple food groups, are on their ‘no-no’ lists… 

Amanda gets it. Her teen and early adult ‘food rules’ were neither attainable, sustainable, or, most importantly, healthy. Those ‘food rules’ led her to be diagnosed with disordered eating and orthorexia.  (I’ve heard about other eating disorders, such as anorexia, yet I was unfamiliar with orthorexia. Orthorexia can be best described as an ‘unhealthy focus on eating in a healthy way.’)

Amanda reclaimed her relationship with food and has made it her calling to help others develop better relationships with themselves and what they eat. We explore a range of subjects, including negative mindsets that sustain disorganized, disordered eating and
• How to know if you have a fear of food(s), 
• When does ‘healthy’ eating become unhealthy,
• How food fears, shame spirals, and grief keep us stuck,
• Why you should “un-indoctrinate your thinking that good health and a distinct body type are one in the same,” plus so much more…

More About Our Guest:
Amanda Mittman, MS, RDN, LDN, the founder of Happy Valley Nutrition, shared, “I know I am not alone. I am not the only person who has suffered the effects of shame and personal deprivation at the expense of the parts of my life that are truly important and bring me joy.”
She has committed her practice to help people who have been through the wringer and are searching for an alternative way to live a fuller life without shame and self-abuse. Her company Happy Valley Nutrition brings compassionate, trauma-informed, weight-inclusive care to the Pioneer Valley (aka “Happy Valley”), Massachusetts, and beyond! Learn more at

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