These days food-specific diets are all the rage, but when do they start to lose their positive effects?
An unhealthy obsession with cleaning up your diet is known as orthorexia nervosa. Dr Bryony Bamford, a clinical psychologist with the London Centre for Eating Disorders and Body Image, released six questions that could possibly point to an eating disorder.
1. Do you feel preoccupied with food thoughts? If planning meals and your diet take over your thoughts, it could be a sign of something serious.
2. Do you have rigid rules around food? If your rules are so strict you will not break them, that’s a problem.
3. Do your rules affect your mood? If you feel anxious or guilty, it’s time for you to consider a change.
4. Do people close to you notice your extremity? Note family concerns.
5. Do you categorise foods as good and bad? Be careful if eating “bad” foods make you feel guilty.
6. Does food dictate what you do socially? If you’re skipping events because you fear you’ll have to eat food that you don’t feel comfortable with, then that’s a concern.
Did you answer yes to any of the above? It could be time to reassess your eating habits. Visiting a nutritionist will help assess what kinds of nutrients your body needs and enable you to create a meal plan that works for you.
We all have different bodies and different requirements. Establishing a system that promotes good health will keep you glowing inside and out.