Monday, March 10, 2008
So I started a new book. I know, surprise surprise.
It's called "Life Inside the 'Thin' Cage." It's pretty good so far, but a chapter on "weird" eating caught my attention today.
With topics like high-sugar low-fat dieting, the nibbler, ritualistic behavior, "off-limits" foods, etc. etc. etc. It was really interesting!
Two in particular explained a lot of people I have met in various places of my life. The first is people who are constantly in a binge-starve cycle. They eat too much one day, so they go ahead and eat until they are physically ill. To punish themselves they don't eat the next day.
I can certainly relate to eating too much, but incorporating a bit more exercise and a bit less food is much better than completely starving yourself! I know so many people that do this though!
The other was a section about "orthorexia." According to the book "Orthoexics obsess over what to eat, how much to eat...and where to obtain 'proper' foods. They also feel superior to others who eat 'improper' foods, which might include non-organic or junk foods....By placing such a heightened importance on every ingredient of the food that is eaten, the orthorexic is no better off than the anorexic, bulimic, or binge eater when it comes to the hold that food and eating have on their lives."
I've met numerous people in my life who fit that description to a T! I have one friend who will NOT eat anything that has more than 2 fat grams. No matter what that item is! Over 2 grams, it's out. She does feel superior to those who don't stick to her strict food rules.
In our quest for a healthier lifestyle we walk a fine line between falling back into our old habits, and taking it too far the other way. I hope everyone feels entitled to the occasional indulgence while still exercising and eating right.
Ate too much one day? It's ok! You can get right back on track. You probably shocked your metabolism a bit, which can make it easier to lose!
We won't always be perfect, and THAT'S OK!