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"Weird" eating

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!
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    Wow I used to binge and then starve myself until I binged then I'd starve then binge then starve....etc etc etc....

    I do have a coworker who looks down on me because I choose to have regular something instead of the fat free choice. (I figure if I'm going to eat junk I'll eat a little of the real stuff and enjoy it instead of eating the low fat crap version.)
    3715 days ago
    oOch, I now have a name for what I used to be! I always knew it was a problem, but a title: "Orthoexics", makes me feel like I am not alone. It is actually one of my greatest fears for losing weight. The last time I lost a lot of weight I did exactly that, I was obsessive about my food and my workouts, totally looked down on other people who didn't put as much effort in, etc. I also started "pruning" my friends and cut out all the people who were not supportive of my extreme habits. Pretty soon I ended up with no friends... But then I got it figured out that I was still unhappy and being thin was too hard... and stopped. Now I am on a quest to actually find a balance.
    I am going to have to read this book, maybe it will help me get over my fear of losing weight! :) Thanks for the tip.
    3716 days ago
    I know an orthorexic!! Great blog, and congrats on being in the sparklight!
    3716 days ago
  • LISALU910
    Uh oh....I might be an "orthoexic" too! It sounds like those people are the control freaks which I tend to be if I'm not careful. Also the overachievers who set high goals and crack them whip on themselves (guilty as charged). Because our methods of self discipline are so strict, and we don't allow ourselves any latitude, we tend to expect others to be on board with us. If I don't binge on junk food, why would anyone else?

    Yesterday we went out for lunch with my son and DIL. She had just been saying how she wanted to lose 10 lbs for a vacation. Then she ordered a "chili cheese dog" with fries. I DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING, okay, but I really had to bite my tongue. LOL

    Thanks for sharing insights from the book. It sounds like something that Geneen Roth might have written. Who is the author?
    3717 days ago
    You look great!! BTW!!! I started chuckling at the start of you blog when you said "I've been reading another book..." I think you need to start thinking about writing one!!

    Really proud of your progress and did i mention that your looking great!! keep it up and take care!!
    3721 days ago
  • DNJEN471
    I love that you are always reading these books for me! you give such a good discription!
    3722 days ago
    I am feeling so inspired by your progress. I think I might be an orthoexic. I am a bit obsessed with getting my diet and exercise right...especially since I am having less than great success on the scale. I have a tendency to allow my enthusiasm for my program and even Sparkpeople flow endlessly into conversation. Gotta nip that bad habit in the bud now! People might not want to be around me much longer....thanks for the heads up! You look great and since you have been on this journey for a while now...it seems likely that you will be able to maintain your new lifestyle!
    3723 days ago
    What a great blog. I have met a few people that are orthorexia.
    They are hard to be around. Sometimes it can make you eat more just out of frustration.
    That book sounds so interesting. Keep us posted.
    3724 days ago
    I used to be that way with my best friend in the world but I totally took a step back and told myself "woah, don't be that person that everyone goes "OH GOD" when she or he starts to talk". It took a lot of physical and metal work but I believe I'm a recovering "orthorexia". :) Thanks for the interesting post!
    3724 days ago
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