Nutrition has a lot to do with maintaining good health. And, health is obviously important as we attempt to live our lives to the fullest and stay on this earth as long as possible. However, there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing”. Furthermore, healthy eating habits can often be more than just attempting to be healthy. They can show signs of potential eating disorders. So, how do you know when your obsession with healthy eating has gone too far?
Societal Pressures that Affect Eating Habits
Unfortunately, the way that society portrays health can be a bit deceiving. It’s common that people see a thin person and immediately associate that person with being healthy. However, healthy eating isn’t about body size. It’s about finding nutritional foods to nourish the body. And, eating to fuel the body to offer energy to live life to the fullest.
Unfortunately, many people don’t understand that good health isn’t just eating healthy and exercising. Good health also includes a healthy mindset which doesn’t involve obsessing over eating habits, how thin one is, or the next diet fad.
Some Warning Signs that Healthy Eating has Gone too Far
Eating healthy is important. But, when it starts to interfere with one’s life and happiness, there’s a problem. And, these types of behaviors can develop into something more serious; eating disorders. So, it’s best to determine if your eating habits have gone too far so that you can determine whether or not you may need support to deal with an eating disorder.
Some symptoms that your healthy eating habits have developed into self-harming behavior can include:
- You obsess about what you eat. While it’s not necessarily harmful to care about what’s in your food as far as ingredients, it’s not common to obsess about nutritional facts. You should be able to make decisions about what you eat without obsessing over ingredients and how things are made. Furthermore, feverishly keeping track of calories, carbs, and other intakes can also be a sign of overly obsessive eating habits.
- You’re portraying avoidance behaviors. Examples of avoidance can include finding yourself wanting to eat alone for fear of judgment and not attending events due to food consumption. Healthy eating shouldn’t involve avoiding social situations just to keep track of a diet.
- You think about what you can and cannot eat all the time. Spending significant time worrying and obsessing about food rules you’ve put on yourself can be a sign of a deeper issue.
- You keep unrealistic food goals and get frustrated when you don’t accomplish them. It’s hard to keep up with diet rules, but if yours are extraordinarily strict, there is little room for success. Rather than being about rules and restrictions, eating should be about nourishing the body. Healthy eating shouldn’t ruin the enjoyment of food.
- You’ve stopped eating foods from specific groups. For example, if you’ve sworn off all carbs, it may be very challenging to stick to your goals and bringing you back to a point of frustration. Plus, cutting whole nutrient or food groups from your diet can lead to a lack of complete nourishment. The body requires all nutrient groups (fats, carbohydrates, and proteins) for proper function and nourishment.
Changing Eating Habits to Incorporate Mental Health
If you recognize these five signs in your own life, there is hope to make changes for the better. True healthy eating will come with the right mindset. Here at Willow Place for Women, we work to help women establish healthy mindsets so they may live healthy, happy lifestyles that don’t involve obsessing over eating habits. You don’t have to live your life always thinking about food, how you’re going to get out of eating, or jotting down your daily intake. You can learn to eat healthy without all the restrictions! And, we can help.
If you’re ready to begin a new lifestyle with a healthier mindset, reach out to us today to speak with an eating disorder specialist about your options. Get the help you need to be happy, healthy, and free from the mental grasps of eating obsessions today!