This is for all the women out there who feel victorious for being hungry all day. I get it. I was there too. Things have changed. And today, I’m sharing my story. Maybe you’ll recognize some similarities with your own. My hope is that it gets your wheels turning.
Let’s start with a comparison. BEFORE & NOW: My views on feeling hungry…
"I’m starving, but if I make it until 7pm I "win". Gotta get this weight off. I’m in charge of this body, not the other way around. Don’t eat, don’t eat: as long as you’re under 1000 calories for the day, you’re cool. Have some more coffee. (reality: after 7pm, eat everything in sight and feel like an awful person)
"If you need me, I’ll be eating the food. I might be able to lose a few pounds, but it’s not a priority. Feeding the bod is. Feeling awesome, but excuse me…nom nom nom."
It’s been YEARS since I was hungry on purpose, and the thought of spending the day feeling victorious for not eating seems foreign to me. I was an under-the-radar yo-yo dieter and my behaviors were linked entirely to my weight. Up, don’t eat. Down, eat everything. If I’d gained weight, the punishment was not eating or eating very little. The triumph was overcoming my body’s physiological needs and ‘winning’ at not eating for a day. It was pretty addictive.
AND… I didn’t know it was messed up. Really, no idea. Every woman I met was on some kind of diet, saying very similar things and feeling very hungry too. Seemed normal. It had no basis in health: I hadn’t learned that veggies were awesome, to eat to fuel my body or to reduce my sugar. I was drinking 3-5 diet cokes a day and thought they were bad ass because they were zero calories. The perfect “victory” food.
Thank fuck that’s over, lol. High five lady. I love the food.
Go Kaleo’s frequently used term “Dietary Dogma” has to be one of my favorite’s this year. Love, love, love it.
Personally, I don’t care which lifestyle diet you choose, so long as it actually benefits your health (lifestyle = set of principles that you choose to live by. Not being on A diet). If it includes lots of fresh veggies, enough protein, is mostly clean, allows for occasional treats and makes your BODY feel AWESOME, you get high fives from me. And if it doesn’t, hopefully you’ll make healthier changes over time that suit you.
But… feeling awesome is about how your BODY responds to your diet. Not how superior YOU FEEL because you follow it. That’s where dietary dogma can get tricky and MAY cross over into orthorexia: a growing problem in the fitness & health community.
Orthorexia is an unhealthy fixation on healthy foods. Unlike anorexia, the goal is not to be thin, but rather to be as healthy as possible. While that may not SEEM all that bad, there is a VERY big difference between someone making healthy lifestyle choices to ENHANCE their life, versus someone who’s healthy choices ARE their life.
Most simply, the difference can be seen in how two individuals handle a situation like hunger….
When faced with the option to either A. starve or B. eat McDonald’s, a person with a healthy relationship with food will choose McDonald’s. They know their body needs food, even if it’s not the kind of food they’d regularly have. They know that the only thing WORSE than eating McDonald’s is starving their bodies.
A person with orthorexic tendencies, on the other hand, would rather starve than eat unhealthy OR will experience SEVERE feelings of guilt, self-loathing and anxiety should they eat the undesirable food. Even when the alternative was starving.
See the difference?
**UPDATE: Just a little add on, since some people seem to be going NUTS over the idea of eating McDonald’s in the example above. I don’t want McHate to cloud the points being made.
I’m not talking about having to wait an hour before you can find yourself something healthy to eat. In the extreme example below (which, by the way would probably never happen in real life. Figured that most people would ‘get’ that, but hey), I’m talking about a hypothetical life or death situation that highlights the thought process of someone who might suffer from orthorexia.
Someone who would rather starve to death than eat McDonald’s HAS ISSUES (considering that most of these people avoid McDonald’s in order to be healthier, it seems funny that they would choose ‘death’ over it. If anything could be considered unhealthier than McDonald’s, it’s starving or dying. Hands down). That’s all I’m sayin’. I am not, nor have I ever, encouraged people to eat McDonald’s, lol. But if the thought of eating McDonald’s versus starving (not just for an hour or two) actually makes you anxious, stressed, or ________, you MAY want to look into that. That kind of thinking crosses over into MANY behaviors (and most don’t have anything to do with McDonald’s).
Like all eating disorders, it’s about your relationship with food AND there’s a scale. You may have some orthorexic tendencies, without it having a SERIOUS impact on your health (though it may cause you more stress than you’re aware of). The biggest concerns with orthorexics involve the anxiety & stress they experience surrounding food (and meal planning), a decrease in quality of life with increased focus on diet ‘perfection’, ignoring warning signs from the body and potential malnourishment/health problems pertaining to dietary restrictions (very severe at that point. Ortho-anorexia)
Some Signs You May Have Orthorexic Tendencies
Ben & Jerry’s has issued an apology after numerous complaints rolled in about their new flavor ‘Taste The Lin-sanity’. The vanilla ice cream contained lychee honey swirls, bits of fortune cookies & contained imagery of take out boxes.
ANYTHING that can be construed as racial stereotyping/profiling will get people riled up, and rightfully so. I mean, I love lychee & fortune cookies, but to associate them to Lin was undoubtedly because of his race. The ice cream itself sounds delicious, and had it not been made to celebrate a SPECIFIC person (rather, NY asian takeout inspired so to speak), the reaction wouldn’t have been nearly so bad. Jeremy Lin is well known for being an awesome basketball standout… NOT for being asian.
Are people over-reacting (I saw death threats) to the ingredients ? Yes. Does that over-reaction come from a valid place? Yes.
In the past, Ben & Jerry’s has been a strong supporter of non-disciminatory practices, including supporting gay rights, marriage equality & the environment. I can’t believe ANYONE on their team knowingly sought to offend anyone (so, let’s simmer down with the death threats). The proceeds of ‘Taste The Lin-Sanity’ were going to a non-profit organization. Ben & Jerry’s has issued an apology to those who were offended (remember, there were plenty of people who were NOT) and has replaced the fortune cookie with waffle cone.
It was a bad idea. It didn’t work. That happens. But it’s starting a conversation, yet again, on race & stereotypes. And conversations are always good things.
Moving on. :)
Via Boston Herald
Local Ben & Jerry’s officials have apologized to customers offended by a limited-edition frozen yogurt flavor paying tribute to New York Knicks hoop sensation Jeremy Lin, after fortune cookie pieces were included in the initial recipe.
Fab recipe by trashedlover! Thanks for sending it in! Those of you who’d also like to submit posts can do so here. Ingredients (12-14 large cookies) Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix together the flax egg and set aside.
2. With an electric mixer or in a stand mixer, beat the Earth Balance until fluffy. Add the brown sugar and cane sugar and beat for 1-2 minutes until creamy. Beat in the flax egg.
3. Beat in the remaining ingredients and fold in the chocolate chips.
4. Shape balls of dough and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes (or up to 14 mins on a Silpat mat). Allow to cool for 5 mins. on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack for another 10 minutes.
Fab recipe by trashedlover!
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Ingredients (12-14 large cookies)
Everyone knows they have to work to get the body they want. But far too often, we forget that working on our mindset is just as or MORE important than which exercises we choose, or what classes we take.
Today’s mantra was submitted by of "Learn to Love Your Body. Again! with Joyce Hearn”! Thanks for sending it in Joyce, great reminder!
The psychological factor of healthy eating, weight loss, keeping fit and getting into shape is a bigger factor than most of us take into account. We’ve all tried various different routines and plans and most never seem to get a different or desired result.
It is all too easy to blame the plan rather than blame ourselves, when in fact we are entering the new programs with the same old mindset. For things to change we must change! We do not have to make huge changes to make a huge difference.
A few small changes to lifestyle, eating, sleeping and working habits can make the difference that we need.
To your success,
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