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Unmasking Orthorexia: When the Pursuit of Healthy Eating Turns Unhealthy

November 16, 20231 min read

In the age of media bombardment, the quest for an optimal diet has led some down a perilous path—Orthorexia nervosa. This fixation on "healthy" eating, fueled by incessant news cycles, results in eliminating foods to the point of nutrient deprivation and malnutrition.

Defining Characteristics:

  • Removal of three or more food groups

  • Constant worry about "unhealthy" foods

  • Guilt when consuming perceived unsafe foods

  • Difficulty finding acceptable foods

  • Anxiety around dining out or traveling

  • Challenging others on their food choices

  • Obsessively reading medical articles on nutrition

  • Lecturing family about their food habits

  • Avoidance of social events due to food concerns

  • Blaming specific foods for unexplained symptoms

  • Yearning for carefree eating without constant worry

Understanding Orthorexia: While not officially recognized as a psychiatric disorder, Orthorexia manifests as an obsessive relationship with food, impacting a small but significant percentage of individuals. Recognizing its signs is crucial to prevent the self-sabotaging behavior that can lead to severe health consequences.

Emphasizing Balance: In my past functional nutrition practice, I empathized with clients, understanding the complexity of behavioral change. It's not about lacking discipline but delving into the biochemistry influencing behavior. Small, gradual steps make a profound impact on well-being. Stress exacerbates sickness, so a measured approach to change is key.

Support and Insight: For more insights into a balanced, sustainable lifestyle through nutrition, subscribe to my Health Newsletter. Feel free to reach out for additional support and answers to your questions—I'm here to guide you.

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Brandon Drake

Brandon, the VP of Business Development at LabSmarts, empowers practitioners with bio-individualized blood work interpretation software, enhancing accuracy and efficiency in analysis while preserving personalized healthcare philosophies for optimal patient care. Brandon also works as Business Development Consultant at a leading CRM company. His role involves fostering partnerships with individuals and organizations keen on optimizing their operational processes and elevating customer and prospect interactions. The overarching objective is to catalyze business growth. Brandon’s approach centers on in-depth comprehension of your unique business landscape, objectives, and pain points. This enables him to discern how his company’s CRM technology can effectively resolve your specific challenges. His foremost aim is to empower customers to harness the full potential of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions, thereby streamlining operations, enhancing efficiency, and fostering growth, all while maintaining the human touch in the digital age. Brandon Drake

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