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Feeling orthorexic and overwhelmed?

Answered on September 20, 2013
Created September 17, 2013 at 5:10 AM

Ok so where do I start? Recently I have been feeling orthorexic, the thing is it hasn't been like this the whole time I've been paleo (for a few months now) I have been feeling like I never eat healthy enough no matter how hard I try, and it's frustrating, even though I know logically my diet is fairly healthy. I feel overwhelmed and bombarded with the latest "superfood" and health treatment that I feel like I should be doing this and doing that and it's too much to take on all at once, I becoming obsessed.

I'm just feeling like I have too much to do in order to get to the best of health and it feels like my life revolves around eating right and taking supplements and exercising. There is too much information about health and what you should do and it's confusing, because even in the paleo community everyone says different things. I hope this makes sense. Anyone have any thoughts?

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on September 17, 2013
at 04:10 PM

When did paleo ever have anything to do with logic?

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on September 17, 2013
at 03:51 PM

I completely feel you here. I'm gong through the same thing. It seems like I have an extra part-time job just trying to be healthy. Of course, I'm far more healthy than the people around me but it's NEVER EVER ENOUGH! My body is my temple dag nabbit!!1!!1!!

I spend so many hours each day learning about nutrition and sourcing the perfect foods and reading all the labels and trying to get exercise here and there, it's exhausting. What ever happened to JUST LIVING YOUR LIFE?

Last night my girlfriend made some very non-paleo food for dinner. I didn't indulge in all of it, but the PUFA-laiden, preservative-mummified, frozen tater tots were my exception. I ate them, along with a bit of ice cream, and I survived. My tummy reminded me why I don't eat those things (with a little discomfort) but it was still worth it and very cathartic. We even vegged out and watched two episodes of a favorite tv show. Here I am the next morning, during work hours, looking at Paleohacks. I'm learning to let it go a little but I tend to be obsessive too.

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on September 20, 2013
at 09:25 AM

@Methodician Have to mention - I like the description of "PUFA-laiden, preservative-mummified, frozen tater tots" Lol.

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on September 20, 2013
at 09:23 AM

@megs1768 To answer your question I wouldn't want to live for that long unless I could actually function properly and do things on my own without assistance. I think living to old age but not being to take care of yourself and feeling like crap is the worst, I would want to actually be good for something if I did live to the triple digits LOL

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on September 20, 2013
at 09:20 AM

@Methodician I completely understand you! I also spend so much time on researching nutrition and pay a little too much attention to labels. Just a side note: I personally think that the "superfoods" and supplements and powders and everything are gimmicks, regardless, they still have a seductive pull about them, especially to people who's goal is to ultimately be as healthy as possible! I also agree with you on "your body is your temple" very true!

I think it's a good thing to eat something non-paleo sometimes, it is an enlightening experience, because you realize why you became paleo in the first place, generally due to the unpleasant side effects of non paleo foods. However it is alright to let go occasionally, you only live once, right? ;-)

P.S - I think you are going to live well beyond the average lifespan, you sound like you have the right sort of mindset, we'll just have to not get too obsessed about it!

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on September 19, 2013
at 01:49 AM

@megs1768 I'm unable to comment again so it comes as an answer...

I would be THRILLED to live into the triple digits. Heck, if I'm still around in 80 years, the world will be very different and maybe technology can help me live... you know, FOR EVER!

I have never needed to lose weight but I've felt crappy much of my life. That, combined with my intense desire to extend my life span and remain healthy, active and cogent to the end of my days, drives my orthorexia. My body is my temple and I just want to take care of it. In the end, within reason, I think this is healthy.

I'm not sure there's anything wrong with orthorexia so long as I can still live my life like a human and it helps me feel better for longer. Being an active, contributing member of society into old age instead of retiring at 65, sitting and feeling like shit, and dying at 75, seems worth it to me. The key is to indulge in a dose of humanity now and then without indulging in the bottom-feeder crap most of America has learned is normal food/lifestyle.

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on September 18, 2013
at 08:36 PM

Evil Sugar Radio Podcast addresses this issue....

We are often causing ourselves more stress just trying to be perfect paleo or perfect nutrition... one dose of "unhealthy" or gluten for MOST people is not going to kill them..... and do you really want to live until your 105???

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on September 17, 2013
at 02:50 PM

people eat far worse and live for decades, even if your diet was not ideal you should not worry. diet issues are not lethal in the short term, feel free to go slow and correct your diet at a slow pace.

stressing over everything you eat is probably worse for you than eating foods you know are bad every once and a while.

TL: DR- just relax until you have a good understanding of paleo. no rush.

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on September 17, 2013
at 09:11 AM

Just go and deliberately cook and share a non-paleo meal with friends and family. Enjoy the food, have fun, realize the world didn't crumble, and your body didn't explode. It's ok, really.

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