In this podcast Tabitha talks about orthorexia and why it is important to be able to eat all kinds of food without stress — including foods that you judge as unhealthy.

I see orthorexia as a restrictive eating disorder. The goalposts may be slightly altered, but it is still restricting certain types of food that the sufferer deems to be “unhealthy.”

If you have orthorexia you may find that you feel stressed about eating things like:

  • Fatty foods
  • Sugar and sweets
  • Salt
  • Artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Pesticides or genetic modification
  • Non-organic foods
  • Animal products
  • Dairy products
  • Anything considered to be unhealthy

People with orthorexia often also get obsessive about foods that they consider to be “healthy”. So supplements may be excessively bought and used. Organic foods, foods that are sold as “health” foods.

Orthorexia is simply another form of fear-based dietary restriction. It is an eating disorder. Control, choice and freedom mean that you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want. No food is off limits. No food causes fear.


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