Lyndi Cohen, better known as the Nude Nutritionist, is a Sydney dietitian and nutritionist who has made it her mission to help others make peace with their body, food and health. Her healthy nutrition philosophy and commitment to a wholefood diet is what JSHealth is all about! In this interview, Lyndi shares her go-to snacks, advice for anyone starting their health journey and her Day on a Plate – giving meaning to the phrase ‘eating the rainbow’ with a delicious array of fruit, veggies… and some banana nice cream!
My name is Lyndi Cohen, I am a dietitian on Channel 9, food lover and blogger cheekily known as The Nude Nutritionist! I think eating well can sometimes feel overwhelming and confusing so I started The Nude Nutritionist as a way to strip away the complexity of healthy eating and show how easy and simple it can be to eat delicious, healthy food. I’m also delighted to be a speaker, nutrition consultant and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Ambassador!
Ever since I can remember, I struggled with my weight and was constantly yo-yo dieting. But instead of helping me achieve my dream body, dieting made me obsessed with counting calories, over exercising and depriving myself.
At my darkest point, I was totally controlled by dieting, emotional eating and binge eating disorder. The more I tried to lose weight, the more I gained! I felt so alone and was so far from being healthy, happy or balanced.
In 2011, I was diagnosed with clinical anxiety – something I’ve openly shared and spoken about on my blog. The diagnosis rocked me to the core but it was actually the life-changing revelation I needed to get help me reclaim control from my eating disorder.
Since quitting diets and learning to listen to my body, I have discovered the joy and freedom of eating everything in moderation. I’ve learnt to naturally manage my anxiety, I’ve fallen in love with food again and as an added bonus, lost 25kg.
Because I know what it is like to feel out of control around food, I’m on a mission to help others overcome emotional eating and learn to love their bodies too. These days, I’m all about making simple and delicious food so you don’t feel bored or deprived.
Most mornings, I wake up at 6:45am and hit the snooze button once before rising. I’ve never been the kind of girl to wake up with a sun-salutation and meditation!
My day starts with a homemade cappuccino in bed – with chocolate powder on top, because it makes me happy! By 7:15am, my man and I are out the door and jog to the beach for some dips and squats (or whale watching)! If I miss the morning session, I’ll go for a long walk later in the day.
Post-workout juice: Wearing my favourite top from Healthy is the new skinny
Before heading home, we share a large green juice with spinach, lemon, green apple, ginger and cucumber. All the while, we talk about the day ahead and I share what is on my mind and afterwards, I feel less anxious and centred.
Later, if I feel hungry again I eat Greek Yoghurt for breakfast with toppings like nuts, seeds, buckinis and honey or pomegranate for sweetness.
Greek yoghurt with buckinis, chia seeds, pistachios and pomegranate seeds
Because my job is so varied, there really is no typical day for me! On mornings when I am Channel 9 doing a TV segment on healthy eating, I snack on cut-up fresh fruit like watermelon and pineapple and drink plenty of water backstage.
After the show, I either go out for lunch for my favourite kind of ’work meeting’ or head home. I’ll often eat leftovers from dinner the night before or whatever pull something together from the bits in the fridge. I tend to add a tin of chickpeas or tin of tuna.
Whatever veg is in the fridge… and a tin of chickpeas with tahini dressing.
When eating out, I’ll often order a big salad with yummy ingredients like wholegrains like freekeh, nuts and seeds, cheese and of course – always salad dressing. After dieting for so long, I have no desire to eat boring salads anymore so my food must always taste delicious so I never feel deprived.
Filling (not light) salads are my favourite way to get my veggie quota for the day
In the afternoon, I generally answer emails, write blog posts, prep for events or talks, do consulting work or see clients in my private practice. I prefer not to snack between meals because I like to be hungry for meal times but if I get hungry, I’ll have a handful of nuts, a couple of fresh dates or a piece of fruit.
A couple of dates are perfect when I’m craving something sweet.
Dinner is my time to be creative in the kitchen and come up with the new recipes! We BBQ a lot so my man will man the grill and I’ll make the veg. I love to serve lots of veggies (generally 2-3 options). Typical meals are grilled salmon or chicken with a big salad and BBQ veggies like brocollini, corn on the cob or asparagus. We also love Mexican so tacos or taco salads are popular too!
Grilled chicken with asparagus, tomato chopped salad and rocket + grape salad
Taco salad night is a favourite
During winter we have been eating lots of soup like cauliflower, minestrone and spicy, Thai corn soup.
Sometimes I have a glass of red wine with dinner. I don’t deprive myself anymore so if I feel like a glass, it’s no big deal. I enjoy red wine.
After dinner, I like something sweet. Some nights a crisp apple or other seasonal fruit will satisfy. Often though, we make banana ‘nice-cream’. It is delicious and I have no guilt because giving myself permission to eat everything in moderation has been so key in my recovery.
Banana ‘nicecream’ for dessert – with more pomegranates!
Afterwards, we ‘Netflix and chill’ in bed but the phones stay out of the bedroom. Before lights out – we share three things we are grateful for that day. Then we try and get to sleep by 10-11pm – ready to start all over again.
I am a fan of eating real, wholefoods so a piece of fruit like a banana is my favourite go-to snack. Dates are great when I crave something sweeter.
Have patience! I think we are led to believe that losing weight or changing your habits is meant to happen really quickly – like in 8 to 12 weeks. But I don’t buy that. It took me over four years to heal my relationship with food and lose 25kg. And I’m still on that journey! Real, sustainable health (the stuff dreams are made of) takes time. Be kind to yourself and be patient.
Before adopting any new lifestyle habit, you need to ask yourself “Can I maintain this for the rest of my life”? You know you’re onto a winner when you respond with a resounding “Yes!”
Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time. My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.
With kindest regards Samantha
I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.
When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.
I bought your book and it's honestly the best book I have ever bought. I suffer from IBS and anxiety. I have paid so much money seeing naturopaths however after reading your book and all of your tips I'm noticing so much of a difference, so simple and easy to follow. And symptoms have dramatically decreased. Also you have helped me to relax. Currently drinking the protein health smoothie! Thankyou your amazing.
Hey Jessica! I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again
I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!
Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.
Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!
I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).
I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud
My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.
I want to empower you to make good choices, every day. I want you to enhance your understanding of health and nutrition. I'm committed to making sure you live the best life. Because you deserve it. Are you ready to start feeling great?
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