My personal thoughts
To test myself, every time I did not want to eat something either at a gathering or simply someone offering, I ask myself one simple question; “why is it that I don’t want to eat this food item?” Thank God my answers have never been, ” because I don’t want to get fat” or “because I will have to force myself to regurgitate later.” This is not me making fun of or judging people for whom these are reasons they choose to eat or not eat. Eating disorders are serious illnesses and I am glad that the light has shone on them lately. From celebrities to family and friends, we all know or have heard of someone who suffers from some sort of eating disorder. At first it was something women were afraid to admit and were suffering from. In the past few years, we have learned that men and women suffer from eating disorders.
Below is another article I received from Fitness Magazine in regards to healthy living and what to look out for on your healthy living journey. We all want to be and live healthy lives. A lot of us are making the effort to make that happen. In the midst of a two-hour hibernation at the gym or measuring servings, please take a moment to test your reasoning as to why you are doing what you are doing. To stay healthy? To get fit? To gain muscle strength? To become toned? To relieve stress? Why?
By Nicole Zeman
“You work out and eat right to get or stay in shape, but there’s a fine line between being disciplined and letting your commitment turn compulsive. Here’s what you need to know about a stealthy new disorder affecting women.” ( Men are suffering as well, it’s just that women are easier to notice)
The Silent Sufferer
When a normal-weight friend skips one social event after another for Spinning class or looks visibly distraught after nibbling a brownie at an office party, you may think she’s being too hardcore, but you probably don’t suspect that she has an eating disorder – she might. Such behaviors are bigger red flags than a sinking BMI. In fact, a below-average body weight is no longer a criterion even for anorexia, according to diagnostic guidelines updated last year. And while someone with orthorexia may drop pounds as a side effect of restrictive eating, she’s typically more focused on eating right and getting fit than becoming stick thin.
“When assessing a patient for any eating disorder, including orthorexia, we look for a fear of gaining weight, eating the wrong thing or not exercising. Is the person obsessively checking her body in the mirror? Is she dominated by thoughts of food?” says Jane Miceli, MD, the medical director of adult services for the Eating Recovery Center in Denver. Another sign that therapists watch for is a level of self-discipline that goes beyond what’s rational. “Anytime someone is exceedingly strict about their eating or exercise habits to the point of neglecting close relationships or becoming agitated if they slip up in some way, it’s a reason for concern,” Dr. Miceli says.