In recent years the concept of “fitness” and “healthy life” has had a high impact on society. More than one is witness to how people have decided to change their lifestyle for the purpose of having a healthy body inside and out.
However, in parallel in the last decade increased numbers of people suffering from an eating disorder known as orthorexia.
Orthorexia is a syndrome that develops as a result of the obsession of a patient who wishes to eat healthily. According to one of the nutritional specialists Nutriwhite, Mariana White, says that this disorder is not easy to identify, because people hide behind the ideal of “eating well.” In addition, since orthorexia is not a clinical diagnosis, many doctors and psychologists are not even aware of the problem. Likewise, the following symptoms have been identified:
- Be constantly worried about food.
- Spend up to more than 3 hours a day thinking about research, planning and preparation of meals.
- Follow very strict rules when choosing what to eat and if they are not met there is a feeling of guilt.
- They often feel proud of the rules and despise people who do not diet.
- Food very monotonous and very meticulous.
- They also argue that people who are most prone to this disease are adolescents 13 and older, women and athletes who become obsessed with being “healthy.”
This disorder develops when you begin to suppress foods that the person does NOT consider healthy. The most common are red meats, fats (good and bad) and all types of carbohydrates. When suffering from this obsession, the patient revolves around absolute control of their food, do not ingest artificial foods such as sweeteners, meringues or protein bars, products with colorings, salty dishes, avoid eating accompanied, visiting restaurants, prefer to eat alone. Such limits go so far as to ingest scarce meals, which leads to malnutrition and may even lead to the death of the patient.
How do you avoid falling into orthorexia?
- Visiting to the nutritionist, will help you determine a meal plan according to the person’s requirement.
- It incorporates fruits, vegetables in the feeding to maintain a healthy intestine and that absorbs the nutrients.
- Includes healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil and nuts as your neurons in the body need it to function properly.
- Reduces consumption of sugar and refined flours, which contribute to inflaming the walls of the intestine and lead to lower production of serotonin.
- Go to the doctor, to check that all health parameters are adequate.
- Avoid excessive use of medications and supplements.
- Do exercise!
- Practice meditation, control stress!
- Love yourself.
- Eat naturally.
- Remember that everything in excess is bad, enjoy what you eat!