Healthy eating can turn into an unhealthy hobby. Orthorexia is an eating disorder, to which the current generation of organic food lovers, women who are ever slimming and perfectionists in life is very inclined.
Before you — 6 questions that you need to answer honestly, to understand whether you face an eating disorder.
Even one affirmative answer is a reason to think.
Download Instagram, you will immediately see them: it is they who capture every story that they send to their mouths for the story.
Relish, enjoy, take pride in their plates, in which are lonely greens with nuts.
It seems funny and harmless to you.
But in any case — excessive.
After all, the line between a healthy idea of healthy eating and an obsessive eating disorder (or by scientific orthorexia) is very thin.
Already, psychologists are sounding the alarm: a demonstration of super-correct feeding by fashion bloggers — the idols of today’s teenage girls — can lead to anorexia and bulimia in their readers and followers.
The unhealthy fascination with cleansing diets threatens to deprive not only nutrients, but also other substances that are good for life and health — vitamins, minerals, etc.
What in the present abundant and full world makes people voluntarily — and corny — undernourish? Nervous orthorexia is a eating disorder characterized by an obsessive desire for healthy and proper nutrition.
As a term, orthorexia was first defined in the 1970s, but it has reached epidemic proportions only in recent years. After all, today the idea of a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition is so popular that "excesses" happen more and more often.
True, it should be noted right away: orthorexia is not an official diagnosis, since it is not included in international classifiers of diseases.
Clinical psychologists are engaged in the correction of the manic desire for proper nutrition.
It was they who developed six questions, answering which honestly and directly, one can understand — has healthy food become your unhealthy hobby?
1. Do you feel a particular concern about food?
If meal planning, menu development, meticulous thinking about starting and leaving diets has become an obsession if you literally "looped" on proper nutrition and calorie counting — this may be the first alarm bell.
2. Do you follow strict rules when it comes to eating?
Of course, the basic rules of healthy eating have not been canceled. And stick with them is useful.
But if they are too strict, if any deviation is strongly condemned by you ("step to the right, step to the left — execution"), if you often operate in a conversation with expressions like "I never eat. "food turns into a problem.
It’s one thing to diet and be proud of yourself, be happy, contented and optimistic.
But if the same diet drives you into stress, makes you worry, feel guilty — it’s time to change something in your attitude to healthy habits.
4. Your family considers you a fanatic of a healthy lifestyle and "food extreme"?
Sometimes from the inside it’s difficult to notice something amiss in the general ideal picture of the world. But the inner circle is more alert and looks at you from a different angle. So, earlier it can detect a problem in behavior.
So if you more often began to hear comments and reproaches from relatives and friends, do not get angry, but think about it — maybe they are right?
Thinking of some (if not many) products as "bad"You may be at a dead end. After all, if after much persuasion, you still decide to try a small piece "bad", "harmful", but very tasty mom’s cake, it will drive you into a multi-day depression.
You need it?
Are you refusing an invitation to visit, because there is a feast waiting for you?
Or quarrel with friends who are trying to tighten you in a cafe to sit and chat, and you need nothing to these extra calories (and extra discomfort to sit and watch others eat)?
As a result, different eating habits force you to abandon your friends, from communication, from any joys of life.
The first step to getting rid of orthorexia is the realization that the desire for proper nutrition goes into an obsession.
After that you can start the process. "recovery".
You can do this by self-control — stop yourself from thinking about the benefits of eating, do not refuse to meet with friends in public places (cafes or restaurants) or visit them, pay less attention to food labels, listen to the body, its taste desires, and not only to the dogma of proper nutrition.
And if you can’t cope with your own efforts, consult a nutritionist and a psychologist: the first will make a healthy restorative diet, and the second will help you treat food sensibly and find the meaning of life not only in what you eat.