It’s okay to not obsess about what you are eating

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You have spent all week avoiding naughty foods at work and you have successfully avoided accepting the sugar covered donut that your boyfriend offered you. You pass Mac Donald’s every morning and pat yourself on the back for not  detouring through to buy a sausage and egg Mc Muffin. 

You should be proud that you have haven’t clogged your arteries with fat. You should be proud that your skin is glowing and that you are more alert from the lack of sugar crashes. Be proud.

So it gets to Friday night and your friend asks you over to hers to have a Chinese takeaway and a bottle of wine. She’s just moved in to her new house and she wants to celebrate with you. 

You can either a) say you are busy and sit at home with a nice healthy chicken dish and a bottle water. B) say yes you’ll be over but not eat or drink wine. C) say hell yes I am up for Chinese and wine and a nice catch up with my oldest friend.

Pick c!!!! You have had a tough week at work, you have gone running every day and your friend was there for you when you wanted to celebrate and commiserate. So yes, say yes! 

Who cares that you are indulging. By accepting little things here and there, will give you the chance to sit back and relax and not worry. You are more likely to give up all together when the pressure gets too much. No, you shouldn’t give in to wine and takeaways once a week, just every now and again when the situation is acceptable. 

Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, LD/N states on http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org that Orthorexia nervosa is not currently recognised as a clinical diagnosis in the DSM-5, but many people struggle with symptoms associated with this term.

Those who have an “unhealthy obsession” with otherwise healthy eating may be suffering from “orthorexia nervosa,” a term which literally means “fixation on righteous eating.”  Orthorexia starts out as an innocent attempt to eat more healthfully, but orthorexics become fixated on food quality and purity.  They become consumed with what and how much to eat, and how to deal with “slip-ups.”  An iron-clad will is needed to maintain this rigid eating style.  Every day is a chance to eat right, be “good,” rise above others in dietary prowess, and self-punish if temptation wins (usually through stricter eating, fasts and exercise).  Self-esteem becomes wrapped up in the purity of orthorexics’ diet and they sometimes feel superior to others, especially in regard to food intake.

Eventually food choices become so restrictive, in both variety and calories, that health suffers – an ironic twist for a person so completely dedicated to healthy eating.  Eventually, the obsession with healthy eating can crowd out other activities and interests, impair relationships, and become physically dangerous. 

So What’s The Big Deal?

The diet of orthorexics can actually be unhealthy, with nutritional deficits specific to the diet they have imposed upon themselves.  These nutritional issues may not always be apparent. Social problems are more obvious.  Orthorexics may be socially isolated, often because they plan their life around food.  They may have little room in life for anything other than thinking about and planning food intake.  Orthorexics lose the ability to eat intuitively — to know when they are hungry, how much they need, and when they are full.   Instead of eating naturally they are destined to keep “falling off the wagon,” resulting in a feeling of failure familiar to followers of any diet.

Does any of this sound familiar? How many times have you weighed yourself during the week and no matter what you do, you are still the same weight? Health professionals suggest that on average, if a person wants to loose weight they are looking to lose 2Ib a week. This doesn’t seem much if you want to loose another stone before your friends wedding. The reason they say this is because to lose more that 2 pound a week means you have to cut your calorie intake significantly. If you do this, your body goes into starvation mode hence not loosing any weight. 

To remain healthy in body and mind, you need to find a balance between being healthy and not becoming obsessive. So treat yourself in moderation but don’t over do it. Be social with your friends but don’t let those moments consume you. But overall be proud of what you have done so far. You are not alone!

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Information used
https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/orthorexia-nervosa http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk/slimming/weight_loss_goal.htm

3 Comments

  1. I think that a good rule for not being obsessed with what you eat is to use the 50% rule, eat half portion of everything you want. So you can still enjoy tasty food while not exceeding with calories intake! Nice article

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