7 Tips for Overcoming Orthorexia That You Will Find Handy ...


Orthorexia was something I had never heard of as a teen, and overcoming orthorexia was something I never imagined I could say that I did. Yet, at the age of 24, I realized that I did, in fact, have the eating disorder that I had never even heard of, and didn't how to overcome. Orthorexia is an eating disorder where the individual is not only obsessed with health, but lets it rule all aspects of their life. Victims fear foods that aren’t perfectly pure or they may avoid all allergens, without even having one, because they believe it will harm their body. Orthorexia can ruin your financial life, social life, career, and your family life. My mother was actually the one who confronted me, and she didn’t know all of the meanings herself, but she knew I exhibited symptoms that weren’t normal of a typical woman my age when it came to what I ate and how I ate. What she learned was that I was, in fact, a walking poster image of someone with the disorder. When she confronted me, I denied it, obviously. Yet, when I saw what the symptoms were, I couldn’t ignore that they described me perfectly. I spent two years in denial, until my state of health forced me to begin overcoming orthorexia, with no previous knowledge of how to do so. To learn more and how to overcome this disorder, read on to see just what I did to overcome a disorder that once ruled my life.

1. Be Honest

The first tip to overcoming orthorexia is to be honest with yourself. How much does health consume your life? Does it rule whether you eat at a certain time, in a certain routine, or that you only choose the best, healthy, pure foods? The gray area here is a huge one. For instance, I’m still passionate about health, but I don’t fear food as I used to. I eat a very clean diet, and probably always will because a clean diet is what variably saved me from a life of unhealthy eating and depression. The difference is that now, I don’t freak out if I can’t eat a certain meal at a certain time, and I don’t think I have to eat the same foods everyday. I also don't have to have everything raw and organic as I once used to. You have to be honest with yourself. How much of your day is dedicated to pure, healthy eating, or learning about health? Those symptoms are both part of orthorexia, so be honest with yourself, which is the first step to recovery.

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