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How to cure an obsession with healthy foods/ an optimal diet

Answered on October 18, 2013
Created October 18, 2013 at 12:24 AM

I find that I have such an obsession with healthy foods that I spend 95% of my free time reading or thinking about healthy food. I think it's because through learning about food I lost interest in everything else except for football, and now that I know all ill ever want to know about food, I just keep going back and reading the same things that I've read or thought about before. I eat a wapf style diet, with soaked buckwheat porridge, or fermented millet porridge most mornings, along with other nutrient dense animal foods and plant foods suggested by wapf, so my diet isn't really that restrictive. However, there are some things I'm always staying strictly away from(aside from the things that everybody should avoid[table sugar, soy, commercial vegetable oils, etc]), like omega 6(like the plague though, using tallow as my only cooking fats because of fear of the amount of omega 6 in red palm oil, olive oil and pastured lard), I never buy pre ground flours(even the high quality stone ground from ancient wheat varieties) due to the supposed rapid nutrient loss, and multiple other things like making sure I'm eating 7-8 cups vegetables every single day, and trying to make every bite as nutritious as I can( which is why I always eat pseudo grains over the real ones, even einkorn wheat or spelt). Overall the worst thing is always reading and thinking about food for 95% percent of the day! and I find that I no longer have anything in commen with my friends! and when I'm not cooking or pre preparing food I have no idea what to do( when I'm not playing football or training for it that is). Last but not least, I'm always counting calories, which takes away a lot of the joy in cooking. Any tips for how to get better?

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Just to add, I actually do love cooking, even with the restrictions that come with counting calories but all of the other things have to be delt with. I also have horrible stress problems, I've probably missed about 20% of the school year, and although it's not affecting my grades(straight a's, I've never had trouble in school), that's still too much. On top of all of this, I'm only thirteen, which makes all of this even stranger

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I know how you feel so you're not alone.

This might be a good read for you http://chriskresser.com/theres-more-to-health-than-food-and-theres-more-to-life-than-health

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find something else to do, preferably something your friends/family have a shared interest in. the world is full of interesting things, im sure there is something besides food and football that could keep you entertained. alternatively you could try to fill your time with an activity as opposed to an interest, again preferably something you can do with friends or family.

on the food side, one of the worst things you can do is obsess over small things. your probably doing more damage with stress than eating a few bad things, one of the benefits of paleo is that you should not need to count calories.(for the most part)

tl: dr- find a hobby, and use reasoning to mitigate unhealthy compulsions.

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