I’m guessing you don’t know what orthorexia nervosa is. The term was developed by Steven Bratman to describe his own experience with food and eating habits. Though it’s not an officially recognized eating disorder, is similar to other eating disorders in obsessiveness with eating healthy in terms of quality, not about being thin or losing weight.
It can start out as an innocent attempt to eat healthier, and, once generated, can lead to certain fixations about eating healthy. If you find yourself constantly asking about what you have in your plate, then stop for a second and use these recommendations that’ll help you let go of the feeling controlled by your diet. Instead of worrying all the time about your diet, focus on developing a healthy mindset, by bringing more fun into your days. As a help, you can try this:
Did you know you can’t feel sad, angry or anxious when you’re laughing? Laughter makes you feel good, plain and simple. Humor also keeps you a positive outlook through rough situations and reduces stress.
Hugging, holding hand, sex or intimate touch is quite important to our physical and mental well-being. Studies have shown that when touching someone else for more than 15 seconds, oxytocin spikes in the brain. It’s a great way to take an instant boost in our mood.
Don’t avoid the little things that give you satisfaction when it comes down to eating healthy. Life is too short to avoid sugar 100% of the time. Give yourself a break from time to time and have an ice cream for example.
Natural movement is great, but it you love the gym, just like me, that works too. Exercise increases your body’s ability to make the feel good hormone serotonin, and has shown to be more effective then anti-depressants. Walking, boxing, biking, jump roping are sports which will help you release serotonin.
This is the best advice! If you feel like you’re not living life, the best place to start is to just do it. Learn to say “yes” more without over analyzing. Those who obsess and have the tendency to be perfectionist, tend to think too much. Let yourself fully experience the unexpected like an unplanned trip, wear something you never thought you could pull off or simply, try something new.