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"Middle ground foods" for treating orthorexia

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 10, 2013 at 1:47 PM

So I haven't been diagnosed with orthorexia but I'm really sure I have it. I heard a strategy for treating it is to find "middle ground foods" by putting foods into two categories, the extremely perfect foods( for paleo, liver, eggs, fatty fish etc.) and "junk foods"(wheat, GMO corn, soy, industrial oils, excess sugar) and finding a middle ground. For starters I'm going to have some paleo pancakes with eggs, bananas, coconut flour and vanilla extract and then topped with raw honey. Can some of you give me more examples of "middle ground foods/recipes"

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on August 18, 2013
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Orthorexia is nothing more than OCD, obsessing over food.

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on August 18, 2013
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Orthorexia isn't based upon quantity of food, but rather quality of food. Once I became paleo and researched alot about food and realized just how bad some foods are, I felt that I had to eat the most nutritious foods possible at every single meal, but I've got that under control now

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on August 11, 2013
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Now, I eat Haagen Dazs without guilt! I figure if I'm going to have ice cream, I'd better enjoy the heck out of it. Same goes for other "bad" foods.

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So are you recommending the WAPF diet? What constitutes a "normal whole food"? Whole as in unprocessed? Or as in organic?

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on August 10, 2013
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Out of curiosity, what were the criteria for your diagnosis?

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on August 10, 2013
at 02:08 PM

Unless your "paleo pancakes" cause you to want to eat junk pancakes, then they are perfectly fine anyway. The same can be said about any "middle ground" food. Last week, it was really hot, and I wanted some ice cream, so I got the haagen daz five, which has 5 ingredients, milk, cream sugar, eggs and coffee. None of those things in moderation are necessarily bad for me and I enjoyed the whole pint. Also, I am not trying to lose weight or anything like that.

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on August 10, 2013
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I have had some of the same issues. Focusing on whole foods while being a little less stringent about what you eat really helps.

Beans (you can soak them first if you want) especially lentils, are good Buckwheat and oats can be soaked as well. I find that soaking these makes them easier to digest, but it also helps mentally in the sense that you're preparing these previously "scary" foods so that they're ok to eat.

Corn, rice (stick with white or wild), white and sweet potatoes, and ALL fruits (even dried ones) are great as well.

Dark chocolate and red wine are good treats, and they have plenty of antioxidants too!

Experiment with baking using coconut flour, almond flour, white rice flour, and tapioca starch. You can use honey, maple syrup, and molasses for high-quality sweeteners.

Good luck!

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I'm thinking it might be easier to just treat yourself occasionally on some non-Paleo foods that are less bad - not junk food, but homemade fries from a good restaurant (vs McDonalds), good quality ice cream, a gorgeous croissant from the patisserie, some authentic, well-prepared thai/indian/vietnamese/italian/mexican etc. A glass of wine.

I have some orthorexia issues myself. I would incorporate cheats myself but because of my severe IBS I suffer too much for them.

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on August 11, 2013
at 04:31 AM

Now, I eat Haagen Dazs without guilt! I figure if I'm going to have ice cream, I'd better enjoy the heck out of it. Same goes for other "bad" foods.

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on August 10, 2013
at 02:42 PM

It raises the question: why are you even eating paleo? A lot of folks happen upon paleo via disordered eating. EDNOS? OCD?

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on August 18, 2013
at 09:57 PM

Orthorexia isn't based upon quantity of food, but rather quality of food. Once I became paleo and researched alot about food and realized just how bad some foods are, I felt that I had to eat the most nutritious foods possible at every single meal, but I've got that under control now

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 18, 2013
at 11:09 PM

Orthorexia is nothing more than OCD, obsessing over food.

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on August 10, 2013
at 02:09 PM

1) EAT with Forgiveness, no use dwelling on what has already been eaten.

Have fun with almond flour baking. Eat some gooy mahjools with nut butter.

Once in a while eat out with friends at a thai place and get your curry with white rice, or mexican place and get the corn tort taco, or a bbq place with a brown sugar glaze.

O, grill some organic corn.

make a fruity smoothie, not because you worked out and need glycogen but because it is summer and that just sounds nice.

Go to an asian market, buy durian and coconuts, blend them. Mmmmmmmouthgasm!

These things are helping me lighten up as someone recovering from some othorexia issues.

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on August 14, 2013
at 04:46 AM

Yes, I'm pretty sure think every other person on this planet has orthorexia and I think that 99% of the people in the aisles at Whole Foods have orthorexia.

Not positive about those "statistics" though but I'm pretty sure...

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on August 10, 2013
at 11:18 PM

everyone has different binge or trigger foods so it is kind of pointless for us to give you a list. you have to figure out what makes you feel good without setting you off.

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on August 10, 2013
at 03:50 PM

Whole milk, white rice, and breading made with potato starch.

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on August 10, 2013
at 02:56 PM

I don't like this middle ground idea at all even if someone is obssessed with food and eating. Just eat 100% normal total whole foods. That's not being fussy or obssessed. It's eating how people always ate.

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on August 10, 2013
at 04:25 PM

So are you recommending the WAPF diet? What constitutes a "normal whole food"? Whole as in unprocessed? Or as in organic?

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