Orthorexia || Are You Eating A Little Too Healthy?
It starts off innocently enough, wanting to eat healthier. Before we know it however our desire to lead a healthy life turns into an unhealthy obsession with quality and quantity of food. So where do we draw the line? CIIN explores the questions we need to ask ourselves.
Does Food Still Bring You Joy?
Yes, we all have a love hate relationship with food… but ultimately food should give us joy. If we are constantly preoccupied with how the food was prepared and whether or not it is ‘healthy’ enough then you need to take a closer look at your eating habits.
Is Food Preparation a Full-time Job?
It is totally acceptable to spend long hours reading up on healthy food habits and recipes once you decide to adopt a new lifestyle. It shouldn’t always be that way though… Once the prep work has been done, life should go back to being easy. If you are still struggling with the quality of your food months later it means you are being a little too rigid with your ideals.
Do You Avoid Attending Social Gatherings?
If you find yourself avoiding social dinners and lunches, it could have a lot to do with your food expectations. It’s true, you will never really know what was placed in the food. Perhaps the best way to handle this is to reduce the amount of food you eat at gatherings, not skipping the gathering all together.
Do You Attempt to Guide People In Their Own Food Choices?
When we believe strongly about something we will invariably want to share it with others. Food is probably not the best way to do this however… Food is a very personal choice and it should stay that way. Your unhealthy obsession with food, may give you the impression that your opinion and guidance is vital..it’s not.
Do You Impose Your Eating Habits on Your Loved Ones?
If you are cutting out food groups from your home in an attempt to be more healthy, you may need to reconsider. There are decades of research on how differently we as individuals process food. What works for some may not work as well for others. Allow each of your children and family members to explore with their own healthy eating habits.
Does Eating Less Healthy Affect You Psychologically?
What actually happens in your brain when you mistakenly consume one of your restricted ingredients. The natural response should be to understand that it’s really not a big deal. If you feel inclined to throw it up, or just feel guilty about it then you should probably delve deeper into your relationship with food. People may display higher anxiety, a greater need to control situations and possibly even a significant drop in weight.