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What is ''Normal Eating''? --Part 2

Checklist of Disordered Behaviors & Attitudes


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  • Thanks for giving me a lot to think about!
  • Seriously, I just had a friend tell me that I am getting alittle bit too focused on my food. The first person in taking charge of my health is me. Tracking food(how else will I know the calories) measuring(eyeballing doesn't work for a person who thinks a baseball is what you sports people call a softball) and not going out to eat all the time because of a salt issue that can cause an ER trip labels me with a disorder so be it.
  • I seriously have the need to avoid certain foods to not over eat them one and need to track nutrition or I eat the wrong foods, because I am not paying as much attention and if I don't count calories, I find I go over, so, yes, by dinner I look at how many calories I have left and eat within the range.

    I thought tracking food and knowing our calories and eating healthier foods, instead of empty calories was part of what this whole program actually is.

    All I know is that each time I stopped Sparkpeople, I stopped tracking and ended up eating too many calories and ended up doing junk food versus healthy food.

    I find when I eat junk food or drink soda, things like fruit and vegetables and water taste different and I don't eat them. When I eat fruits and vegetables and water, junk food tastes too sweet and soda tastes sickening. So I think avoiding the junk is helping me the most.
  • And yet, SP tells people to eat only 1200 calories per day... that is not disordered?
  • That was an eye opener
  • thought i was doing well since joining SP, but my habits are all over this list.
  • I think this ridiculous. Especially #12 I think? Ah I can't remember the number.... not eating a certain food because you can't stop? yeah, that's me. And I'm glad I stopped eating those certain foods, that really weren't healthy for me anyway. I mean, why tell an alcoholic to learn to have just a drink or two? Seriously. Not gonna happen. Or they WILL have hidden stashes that they only consume in private (just like another thing on here). Seriously people... not all foods we call food are actually healthy to eat. It's okay to take them out completely. It's perfectly okay. *sigh*
  • ELLE2013
    Wow. This article met me right where I am and have been. Although many of the statements nailed my weaknesses, I have to admit for some odd reason I feel encouraged all the same. And it's not an odd reason, really. It's simply the more I am on this site, the more I put to use the things I am reading, the more I feel "the wind beneath my wings." Sounds mushy but I haven't felt this encouraged in a looooong time.
  • I would not have thought some of these were disordered thinking, but it makes sense the more I think about it.
    I acknowledge that I still participate in a few of the "disordered eating" patterns; however, I'm stumped at how #22 ["You spend a great deal of time and energy tracking your nutrition, and feel very uncomfortable eating food when you don’t know what’s in it" could be a bad thing], UNLESS of course it's really obsessive. Personally, if it weren't for #22, I would eat MANY not so healthy things versus having just the occasional bite to taste. And to think ...... I've been so proud of myself for using the smart phone app to keep myself accountable!!!!
  • Didn't know there were SO many MENTAL disorders regarding eating and not eating, it's is so complex. I'm more simple than this.
  • Thank you so much for addressing this issue. I hope that I can learn some better skills to deal with your checklist topics. I haven't yet found the right support or much about how to better deal with these issues. I particularily struggle with doing well for awhile and then striking & rebelling as well as constant food planning and irritating desire for particular foods and the want to secretly get my fill of. Looking forward to your next article.
  • I plan to share this in a TOPS meeting if permissable. This is magnificent.
  • I thank you Dean Anderson for writing this and I know I will benefit by your writings. Thanks you. SO MUCH.
    I'm wondering how this behavioral expert would handle the autistic young man featured on you tube under cdfoakley account. Seems this family had their share of experts who didn't know much, weren't sure, were working on it and would get back to them. The kid's 20 now. Most bizzare behavior my partner and I have ever seen in an autistic kid. Didn't know it could be that serious. Anyway, like the stuff about diet.

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