The title of my video was originally asking if I was becoming Orthorexic due to watching too many food documentaries. A reader suggested I change it and the title of this blog post was her suggestion. Thank you Julia for a great title.
This week, I uploaded a video to my YouTube channel is response to the increasing anxieties I’ve been feeling after watching Netflix documentaries.
Here is how I felt after watching each one:
Food, Inc -> AHHHH, I must eat organic meat, fruits and vegetables OR I’LL GET CANCER AND DIE!!!!
Fed Up -> AHHHHH, I can’t eat sugar. Ever. At all. I’LL GET HEART DISEASE AND DIE.
What The Health -> OH MY GOD, I’M GOING TO DIE IF I EAT MEAT OR DAIRY.
What’s With Wheat -> WTF I CAN’T EAT GLUTEN OR I’LL GET AN AUTIMMUNE DISEASE AND DIE!
Ok, I’m being a bit dramatic above but here is how I really feel and how to deal with the increasing pressure and stress of maintaining a specific diet. I used to think Orthorexia sounded ridiculous but I honestly began to see how it emerges as a serious health threat. When you start to eliminate so many foods you become consumed with righteous eating, often becoming deficient in important vitamins and nutrients, and even calories.
This video really is not to attack any one diet. I believe in moderation. I believe in making plants the primary source of nutrients but I do not personally eliminate any specific food from my diet with the exception of chemical garbage like Splenda or things made with Splenda. Even I occasionally eat HFCS at my favorite seafood joint. I can’t eat fries without ketchup and I’m not about to BYO Ketchup.
To read my full review of What The Health, check out this blog post.
Feel free to leave your thoughts below. But if you are mean, I’ll probably delete it. If you oppose my thoughts and write your opinion thoughtfully, I’ll happily respond! I have an open mind but as soon as you attack, my openness closes. Peace and love guys.
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