YEL 091: Are you going food crazy?

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  • January 30, 2020
Are you going food crazy?

Are you going food crazy? Answer these four questions to find out. Previous mention has been made of diet gurus who were too exceptional at nutrition. Food is not the holy grail of health. Question 1: Is your love of food at risk of developing into orthorexia nervosa?The newest label in the medical nutrition world is orthorexia nervosa. It is defined as “an extreme or excessive preoccupation with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy”. I’m not sure if I was ever Type A orthorexic, however I was definitely going down that path. You see this in restaurants when someone won’t order anything on the menu because there’s “nothing for them”. They are “avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy”, which (when done repeatedly) can often cause mental, emotional, social and physical stress.A word of caution here: if you are healing from a chronic disease or on a specific eating program, then it’s important and necessary that you avoid foods that don’t fit the protocol. If you have major symptoms associated with certain foods (such as dairy or gluten intolerance), it’s unwise to take the message of this book too literally and eat anything you wish simply to avoid orthorexia nervosa. Our obsession with food is affecting our closest relationshipsIt pains me when I speak to a client whose intimate relationship has been affected by differing food choices and values. “My husband thinks I’m crazy” is hard to hear, only because I know it hasn’t always been this way. When you fall in love, you don’t care what your new infatuation eats. In this example, the wife decided to improve her diet, the husband didn’t like it, and it’s created a distinct separation between the two.Having travelled the world and observed longevity cultures thriving, it is evident that they simply do not care what other people are eating. They love people for who they are, not what they eat! If your partner is upset or resentful to your food choices, they can either love you unconditionally or find another relationship. The sooner a decision is made, the better off everyone is. Question 3: Is your food perfection disempowering you? (Watch Your Language)It’s not that you can’t eat bread. It’s that you choose not to, because you don’t want to suffer the consequences of eating bread. Remember, that millions of undiagnosed coeliacs around the world do eat bread and suffer the consequences. Eating is not a question of ability; it’s purely a question of choice. Question 4 – Is your passive knowledge of nutrition too exceptionalMy podcast network, The Wellness Couch, has an archive of over 2,500 episodes on hundreds of different topics across health, wellness and personal growth. Listening to them, though, will not necessarily make one iota of difference in your life. Listening, just like reading a book and watching a movie, is a passive form of learning (which I’ll explore further in the chapter on growth). Create Your Exceptional LIfe – Byron Bay – May 16-17 – Spend two days creating the life you were born to live – www.marcuspearce.com.au/byronbay100 Not Out Longevity Experience – Sardinia August 19-28, Ikaria August 30-September 8 – www.100notout.comYour Exceptional Life podcast

Posted by Marcus Pearce on Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Answer these four questions to find out.

Previous mention has been made of diet gurus who were too exceptional at nutrition. Food is not the holy grail of health.

Question 1: Is your love of food at risk of developing into orthorexia nervosa?

The newest label in the medical nutrition world is orthorexia nervosa. It is defined as “an extreme or excessive preoccupation with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy”. I’m not sure if I was ever Type A orthorexic, however I was definitely going down that path. You see this in restaurants when someone won’t order anything on the menu because there’s “nothing for them”. They are “avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy”, which (when done repeatedly) can often cause mental, emotional, social and physical stress.

A word of caution here: if you are healing from a chronic disease or on a specific eating program, then it’s important and necessary that you avoid foods that don’t fit the protocol. If you have major symptoms associated with certain foods (such as dairy or gluten intolerance), it’s unwise to take the message of this book too literally and eat anything you wish simply to avoid orthorexia nervosa.

Our obsession with food is affecting our closest relationships

It pains me when I speak to a client whose intimate relationship has been affected by differing food choices and values. “My husband thinks I’m crazy” is hard to hear, only because I know it hasn’t always been this way. When you fall in love, you don’t care what your new infatuation eats. In this example, the wife decided to improve her diet, the husband didn’t like it, and it’s created a distinct separation between the two.

Having travelled the world and observed longevity cultures thriving, it is evident that they simply do not care what other people are eating. They love people for who they are, not what they eat! If your partner is upset or resentful to your food choices, they can either love you unconditionally or find another relationship. The sooner a decision is made, the better off everyone is.

Question 3: Is your food perfection disempowering you? (Watch Your Language)

It’s not that you can’t eat bread. It’s that you choose not to, because you don’t want to suffer the consequences of eating bread. Remember, that millions of undiagnosed coeliacs around the world do eat bread and suffer the consequences. Eating is not a question of ability; it’s purely a question of choice.

Question 4 – Is your passive knowledge of nutrition too exceptional

My podcast network, The Wellness Couch, has an archive of over 2,500 episodes on hundreds of different topics across health, wellness and personal growth. Listening to them, though, will not necessarily make one iota of difference in your life. Listening, just like reading a book and watching a movie, is a passive form of learning (which I’ll explore further in the chapter on growth).

Create Your Exceptional LIfe – Byron Bay – May 16-17 – Spend two days creating the life you were born to live – www.marcuspearce.com.au/byronbay

100 Not Out Longevity Experience – Sardinia August 19-28, Ikaria August 30-September 8 – www.100notout.com

Your Exceptional Life podcast

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