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  • Eating primal a disorder? According to The Guardian, it is!

    I don't know if this was posted before, but read this:

    Refusing to touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn and dairy foods is just the start of their diet restrictions. Any foods that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives are also out.
    Since when was eating healthily a disorder??

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/20...ating-disorder
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    Oh..I'm gonna get flamed for this.

    While, I do eat primal and I dont believe its an eating disorder in anyway and I don't agree that it will make you malnourished or some of the other things in that article say...I DO understand what they are trying to say about people who completely obsess over eating clean. I actually had this conversation with a friend of mine like a month ago about people who are obsessed with eating clean. Personally, obsession over any type of food is unhealthy mentally...whether it be a healthy food or not. It's almost just another excuse for it to be ok to be obsess about something or trading one addiction for another. When it becomes a "fixation" it isn't healthy anymore, and I do know a few people like that. Its not even about eating clean anymore - its just finding something they believe is healthy to become addicted to bc they need an addiction.

    Like I said, I do eat primal...I don't eat sugar...I don't eat grains...but I don't absolutely obsess about it like some people I know do about what they will and will not eat. I've watched some of my "eat clean" friends when it comes to food - and it DOES border on an eating disorder. you can eat clean and be careful about what you eat and thats healthy and awesome...but some people do take it too far..its more a mental issue then a "health" issue in my opinion.
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    • #3
      Only in a world so backward like ours is eating healthy considered a disorder. Just like that saying, "truth is treason in the empire of lies".
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      • #4
        Originally posted by rphlslv View Post
        Only in a world so backward like ours is eating healthy considered a disorder. Just like that saying, "truth is treason in the empire of lies".
        Healthy eating isn't and hasn't ever been considered a disorder. It's when the obsession with healthy eating interferes with the ability to lead a happy, full and productive life that it could be considered disordered.



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        • #5
          I will freely admit that I'm obsessed with eating healthy and I'm also obsessed with having my abs all the way defined as well. I'm freaking Ahab on that particular subject right now. As for that being a disorder or problem I'll quote a friend of mine "It's only a problem if you try and fix it."
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          • #6
            Having a disorder is all relative. We might consider people that drink a 6 pack of soda every day as having a disorder. They might consider people that drink a pot of coffee every day as having a disorder. I consider people that bike or run 2-3 hours a day as having a disorder and they probably consider me doing crossfit 4x a week as having a disorder.

            It's a vicious circle.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by ColoradoSteve View Post
              Having a disorder is all relative. We might consider people that drink a 6 pack of soda every day as having a disorder. They might consider people that drink a pot of coffee every day as having a disorder. I consider people that bike or run 2-3 hours a day as having a disorder and they probably consider me doing crossfit 4x a week as having a disorder.

              It's a vicious circle.
              Ahh...this is quite true. You are definitely right. All perspective I suppose. But I still understand where the article is coming from.
              The pain of discipline or the pain of regret? You choose.

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              • #8
                It's not relative. If someone's obsession with eating healthy makes them miserable, then it defeats the purpose. They either aren't going to live very long because they are too stressed out about it, or they will live a long miserable life--always obsessing. Either way, they are defeating the purpose of eating healthy, which is to help them lead a longer happier life.

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                • #9
                  Sure its relative. Having a disorder doesn't requre a person to be miserable. If everyone else on the earth only made right turns and I made left and right turns, I would be considered as having a disorder. (I'd also get where I was going faster).

                  It's an interesting discussion.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ColoradoSteve View Post
                    Having a disorder doesn't requre a person to be miserable. If everyone else on the earth only made right turns and I made left and right turns .
                    No, you'd just be contrary. You woudln't have a disorder

                    Having a disorder doesn't mean the individual is necessarily miserable (think Narcissistic Personality Disorder), but it does cause impairment.



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                    • #11
                      Ugh, this stupid article again. Too badly written to base a discussion on.

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                      • #12
                        It is not a new disorder, just more junk science bought out by a publish or perish academic environment. The best comment yet (in another thread):

                        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...353#post148353
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                        • #13
                          I think any diet is a disorder when trying to adhere to it regularly causes you stress, but it seems to me that most people eating primal truly love and enjoy it, but there probably are some who stress too much about it and beat themselves up really hard when they have something a bit naughty rather than just accepting that it was an indulgence and an enjoyable one without getting upset about it, that's definately not healthy.
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                          • #14
                            Khrys and Killacat are on the nail here...

                            there are people that are truly orthorexic that when eating a couple extra fruits then planed puts there total carb intact over a certain amount and spend the rest of the day paniking and being misserable because of it. the majority of us who stick to the big stuff and dont sweat the little things dont have a problem.

                            It isn't subjective or relative, purely objective here, ORTHOREXIA is an obsession about one aspect (eating healthy for optimum wellbeing) of the wellness spectrum, to the detriment of others (emotional, spiritual, physical etcetera) {oh nose, i ate a banana, a sweet potatoe, a handful of berries, a couple dates, and carrots today, i am such an epic fail! im going to go workout for teh next 3 hours, be a miserable wreck, not study for my exam/miss work/friend-family event because of it....... see what we mean?}

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                            • #15
                              My life has changed a lot for the better since going primal..and if that is a disorder then I have a disorder, and I am proud of it and will continue to be disorderly till I die.

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