At what point does it become an obsession?

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    May 11, 2012 10:55 PM GMT
    Curiously enough, the recent thread comparing the health benefits of basmati rice and common brown rice had me thinking...

    At what point does watching what you eat become an obsession?
    Sometimes I will find myself at the store comparing every single nutrition fact on two different brands of the same product...and I'm sure plenty of other people on here do the same. Sometimes I'll even feel guilty about eating too much brown rice with a meal.

    Is it not already enough that we are making the healthier choices? At what point does it become an obsession?
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    May 11, 2012 11:36 PM GMT
    When it interferes with your personal relationships.

    That is about it.
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    May 11, 2012 11:53 PM GMT
    When you pick the fat off of every piece of meat you eat and eliminate the concept of a "cheat day."
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    May 12, 2012 12:02 AM GMT
    yourname8000 said
    7Famark saidAt what point does it become an obsession?

    When you click "submit" and make an RJ thread about it. icon_razz.gif


    I felt like it was a pretty reasonable question, sorry.
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    May 12, 2012 12:16 AM GMT
    7Famark said
    yourname8000 said
    7Famark saidAt what point does it become an obsession?

    When you click "submit" and make an RJ thread about it. icon_razz.gif


    I felt like it was a pretty reasonable question, sorry.


    So what's the matter if it becomes an obsession? ... Huh? ... Well? ...
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    May 12, 2012 12:23 AM GMT
    To extend what Firebrand posted. Yeah, when you even shudder to think about eating ice cream or any kind of junk food as a treat despite having a long history of eating healthy.

    I think another sign is that you rather eat nothing than something that is relatively bad for you.

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    May 12, 2012 2:01 AM GMT
    JPtheBITCH saidI can't answer that. I dislike eating; I dislike the annoyance of cooking and having to eat. I often forget all about it until I'm in bed and my tummy growls and I realize I've forgotten dinner again. I don't skip meals, I simply forget about them until several hours past their time.


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    May 12, 2012 4:03 AM GMT
    I think I spent about 20 minutes the other day in the chip isle trying to figure out what to buy.... though it wasn't for nutritional factors. I hate overpaying for stuff. I'm a bit stingy with my money.
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    May 12, 2012 4:24 AM GMT
    I thnk it becomes an unhealthy obsession when it keeps you from dealing normally with the rest of our life..An obvious example is the vegan who simply cannot eat without delivering a lecture on each and every aspect of the food and its provenance. Why make eating such a chore?.
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    May 12, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    S34n05 saidI think I spent about 20 minutes the other day in the chip isle trying to figure out what to buy.... though it wasn't for nutritional factors. I hate overpaying for stuff. I'm a bit stingy with my money.


    simple. don't buy chips icon_razz.gif
    Or just make room in the budget for chips if they are an important part of your diet. That's what I did for slurpees and poutine. In my offseason, I had one or the other (or sometimes both) everyday. Which can get pricey. So, I just crunched some numbers, and bam, I could afford to do it icon_smile.gif
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    May 12, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    I think it becomes an obsession.......when you start obsessing about it? I don't know. I guess it depends on what you're goals are. If you're a professional bodybuilder, then you sort of have to be nit-picky. If you're just a regular guy who wants to stay in shape, then counting every calorie is probably going overboard.
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    May 12, 2012 4:53 AM GMT
    JPtheBITCH said
    DPrime said
    S34n05 saidI think I spent about 20 minutes the other day in the chip isle trying to figure out what to buy.... though it wasn't for nutritional factors. I hate overpaying for stuff. I'm a bit stingy with my money.


    simple. don't buy chips icon_razz.gif
    Or just make room in the budget for chips if they are an important part of your diet. That's what I did for slurpees and poutine. In my offseason, I had one or the other (or sometimes both) everyday. Which can get pricey. So, I just crunched some numbers, and bam, I could afford to do it icon_smile.gif

    Poutine? Seriously?
    *barf*


    Whooa.. whoa JP! That's my Poutine you are talking about .. lol. It is by far the best food ever invented..ever icon_smile.gif. If I recall, I am sure to even be considered a true Canadian and allowed to reside there, you have to love Poutine (I am from Canada).

    Ps. have you had real poutine? Because I have seen some of the so-called "poutines" here in the states...and it was NOT real poutine, whatever it was. That goes for the "slurpees" here as well.
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    May 12, 2012 11:03 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidIt becomes an obsession when you analyze your groceries during every trip to the food store.


    This. Contrary to what some suggest, disliking ice cream, not having cheat days, being horrified at the idea of eating unhealthy food, prefering to fast rather than eat what is bad for us etc. don't have to be signs of an obsession.
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    May 12, 2012 11:21 AM GMT
    When it begins to bother the people who don't care... At least what my family calls obsession; friends and I call concern, awareness and responsibility.icon_wink.gif
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    May 12, 2012 11:48 AM GMT
    if you are thinking about it you already are, and its not a bad thing to obsessed with eating healthy, if you really want the body and the ripped abs you will make the sacrifices but the you have to remember to reward yourself with eating the foods you love that are not so good for you. When you start feeling miserable and start getting agitated easily and with people thats when you know your obsession is taking a turn for the unhealthy
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    May 12, 2012 1:01 PM GMT
    I'm on a see food diet... I see food, and I eat iticon_lol.gif

    I went through a phase once though.... cutting turkey slices into tiny squares, eating Cheerios one by one, eating ice cubes, chugging half a gallon of water before eating anything, group therapy is a bad idea for people with eating disorders...you just pick up tips

    I lost 70lbs in about 4mths
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    May 12, 2012 1:29 PM GMT
    When it interferes with your everyday routine and/or causes some sort of distress, it could be considered an obsession. If you are literally feeling guilty for eating "too much" brown rice, then that's a sign right there.

    For me, it's fine to compare labels for certain things (like when I buy greek yogurt I look and see which one has the most protein) but to go over every single nutrition fact is a bit excessive in my book.

    I think you/we have to think about the reasons you/we obsess over these things. Is it because we want to be healthier or because we are afraid of ______ (getting fat, gaining a pound, being bloated....)..... Its one thing if its a healthier motive vs. a motive based in something negative. And being honest with ourselves is hard to do icon_smile.gif
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    May 12, 2012 7:03 PM GMT
    " 'Obsessed' is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated."
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    May 12, 2012 7:04 PM GMT
    MightyMouse87 said" 'Obsessed' is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated."


    Tell that to people with OCD icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 12, 2012 7:12 PM GMT
    7Famark said
    MightyMouse87 said" 'Obsessed' is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated."


    Tell that to people with OCD icon_rolleyes.gif


    The point is that it's all relative. I have not-so-fit friends that find my regular 5am workouts 3x a week as "obsessive". While a professional bodybuilder would probably describe my workout routine as "lazy".

    Even the APA's Diagnostic and Statistics Manual gets updated every once in awhile. Just do your thing and to hell with everyone else if they think you're "obsessed".
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    May 12, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
    7Famark saidCuriously enough, the recent thread comparing the health benefits of basmati rice and common brown rice had me thinking...

    At what point does watching what you eat become an obsession?
    Sometimes I will find myself at the store comparing every single nutrition fact on two different brands of the same product...and I'm sure plenty of other people on here do the same. Sometimes I'll even feel guilty about eating too much brown rice with a meal.

    Is it not already enough that we are making the healthier choices? At what point does it become an obsession?


    I'll admit that I started doing that a while back....same product, different brands, etc......and then I started thinking about time I spend at the gym and the time spent training on the trails. I'll burn a few hundred calories in the gym, and a typical mountain bike session I'll burn anywhere between 800 to 1200 calories. Then it didn't matter as long as I'm dropping body fat and my performance on the trails increase. I find that the harder I work the more I need to eat. I realized that all I need to do is make healthier choices and not be too OCD on whether or not if one brand has more nutrients than another brand.
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    May 13, 2012 4:39 AM GMT
    7Famark saidCuriously enough, the recent thread comparing the health benefits of basmati rice and common brown rice had me thinking...

    At what point does watching what you eat become an obsession?

    As the creator of that thread it had occurred to me that I might be considered "obsessed," but just because others may think it doesn't mean it to be true; one man's prudence is another's obsession. In the case of that thread, I'd just discovered brown basmati, loved the taste, and wanted to see if it was nutritionally comparable so I could substitute it almost always. No one seems to have a problem with members being "obsessed" with bahcon and cookehs (as long as those members are hot), so why worry about overt attention to nutritional detail like presoaking your beans and grains to neutralize phytic acid, brown basmati versus brown or whether raw almonds are irradiated?
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    May 13, 2012 4:58 AM GMT
    Choosing to only eat healthy foods is not an obsession. I'd say an obsession is having a strict diet timed throughout the day, and straying from the schedule completely ruins your day and you get pissed off and depressed, well I think that is when it becomes an obsession. I've experienced this. It's best to remind yourself nothing in life is certain, so take the obstacles as they come and don't dwell on the disappointments. Something like that. PANTS PARTY TIME, EVERYONE'S INVITED!!!!!
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    May 13, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    Well I think it is pretty normal to always be watching what one eats... in the old Jewish tradition, there are tons of rules as to what should be eaten, what should be avoided, and how it is cooked... the same goes in many cultures, where certain foods are eaten at certain times etc..... it continues into every day living, where there are certain auspicious times for certain activities, good locations, bad locations, times of year, times of day etc are all believed to be good for certain things and bad for others.... so I think it is natural for humans to be constantly vigilant about these things... In modern culture, which generally eschews such thought, this gets branded an "obsession" but it is quite normal all around, and humans have lived and have been living like this pretty much throughout our existence...