If you're a regular reader of this blog (God bless you) then you probably already might know that I'm VERY against all the scare-mongering and unhealthy food-based superiority and labelling that are unfortunately a big part of even the alternative health scene.
So why the scary title for this post?
Because the whole problem with Orthorexia is that it hides itself behind a very virtuous veneer, and preaches some very powerful things about food being the key to health, happiness and even, holiness.
(If you think I'm exaggerating about that last point, let me just say that I recently read something from a macrobiotic devotee that basically equated eating cheesecake with a form of satanic worship...)
But like so many things today, even a genuinely GOOD thing like healthy eating and looking after our bodies can be taken to such an unhealthy extreme, it starts to destroy the very things we're ostensibly trying to obtain.
There's a great website called: www.orthorexia.com that can tell you pretty much everything you need to know about orthorexia, and the following excerpts are taken from that site.
This is definitely an ongoing discussion to be had, because as more people move away from conventional medicine, and all the fibs and half-truths Western doctors are telling us about our health, many people are embracing healthy eating and other alternative practises as the 'cure all' for every problem they have.
But as you're learning with me on this blog and maybe also via my books, human health is never that simple. Human health requires a concerted effort to be made across all three levels of body, mind and soul, and when the mind and soul bit are left out or ignored, then things like orthorexia can easily develop.
excerpts from orthorexia.com:
"[F]ood can make you crazy. It hits you in the heart and goes to self esteem. It taps into all that is lonely and empty and needy, and promises to fill that emptiness. It triggers dark places. It can tie up your mind in knots so intricate and strong that even the search for healthiness can become unhealthy.
"Against this, the word orthorexia is a signifier. It indicates a limit, a point not to go beyond even in search of healthy diet. Or, if you’ve already gone beyond, it can help you find your way back."
Do You Have Orthorexia?
Do you turn to healthy food for happiness, for meaning?
Eating the perfect diet might make you less likely to get cancer, and it could prevent bloating and give you more energy. But it won’t make you happy. Using food as primary refuge is a form of spiritual materialism. You are filling the space that longs for love with mere stuff.
Does your healthy diet make you feel important?
“The strict diet helped me feel extraordinary when I was very fearful of being ordinary.”
Does your healthy diet make you feel in control?
Do you have to keep upping the ante to get the same kick?
“[Veganism] triggered a desire within me to be more and more extreme, more and more pure, and to achieve more and more nutritional perfection to the point where no foods were safe. ”
Do you use diet to ward off anxiety, not just about health, but about everything?
Has the idea of healthy food become a kind of brain parasite, taking over your life, ceasing to serve you and instead making you its slave?
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