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Trust Your Hunger And Make Peace With Food: Eve Lahijani (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of nutrition health educator Eve Lahijani’s talk titled “Trust Your Hunger And Make Peace With Food” at TEDxUCLA 2015 conference.

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TRANSCRIPT:

I’m the speaker before lunch, so if you’re anything like me, you have one of two things on your mind. What’s for lunch? And where’s the nearest bathroom? You’ve been sitting there for a while, so some of you are probably going to go to the bathroom first.

And when you go to the bathroom, you never stop yourself, look at your watch and tell yourself, “It’s too early, I’ll just wait till my usual bathroom time.” We don’t do that. Then why do we do that with our lunchtime? In regards to going to the bathroom, we never think, “Oh, I’ve already gone three times today and I don’t want to overdo it, I’m just going to ignore this feeling.”

Then why do we do this with our hunger? It seems like so many of us have an unnatural relationship with our hunger. I know I certainly did. So I want to share my story with you, but this isn’t just my story.

This may be the story of the person who’s sitting next to you. This may be the story of somebody you love. This may even be your story. You see, it wasn’t that long ago that I was a student here at UCLA myself.

My Story

And although I was a student here, the last thing on my mind was school. Instead, I was obsessed with food, eating, and my weight. In an attempt to control my weight, I’d go on diets, cleanses, I’d push really hard at the gym, I’d avoid entire food groups and skip meals.

There was only so long that that would work before I’d find myself binging out on bowls of milk and cereal and eating massive amounts of cakes and cookies in just one sitting. The rule of thumb was, the more restrictive I became, the bigger my binges got. I felt so uncomfortable with myself that this radiated to other aspects of my life.

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