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  • Writer's pictureChristina Scalese RDN LD

Is this healthy?

Is this a healthy lunch? It's a salad with beans, nuts and other deliciousness. Some people may say, "Yes! It's a salad!", while others may pick a part the croutons, cheese and high calorie dressing. It's organic dressing though, doesn't that count for something? Organic is healthy, right? Or should we pay more attention to the calories, fat and carbs? 🤯

It's OK to be concerned about the nutritional quality of your overall diet, but what about when that concern becomes an obsession? Yes, this is a thing. Orthorexia is a term that means an obsession with proper or healthy eating. Signs of orthorexia are: 👉compulsive checking ingredients and nutritional labels 👉cutting out an increasing number of food groups (all sugar, all carbs, all dairy, all meat, all animal products) 👉an increase or concern about the health of ingredients 👉an inability to eat anything but a narrow group of foods that are deemed 'healthy' or 'pure' 👉unusual interest in the health of what others are eating 👉spending hours per day thinking about what food might be served at upcoming events 👉showing high levels of distress when 'safe' or 'healthy' foods aren't available

This and more information on orthorexia is available at (NEDA)

Today's society tends to promote an abnormal obsession on the health and quality of foods. Remember, it's OK to care about your health, your nutritional intake, and to have food values - but it's also important to be aware of when it takes a turn for the worse. This obsession can hurt your well-being. If you feel like you struggle with orthorexia, please DM to set up a consultation.

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