Eating disorders

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    Jan 09, 2010 3:58 AM GMT
    I was wondering how many guys here have eating disorders and why they think they've developed?

    I used to eat almost everything (chocolate, sugar, non-organic vegetables, red meat, etc) and as I've become more of a "health nut", I find I have less and less to eat. There are days I pretty much starve, and when I go shopping in a normal supermarket, I start wondering about the ingredients and how the foods were prepared and end up finding very little.

    On the one hand, I'm eating "healthy" (when I finally find the right foods). However, this entire obsession with health food doesn't seem healthy at all.

    Have any of you guys had something similar and if so, how did you convince yourself to eat mainstream food, even though it's not considered healthy?
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    Jan 09, 2010 4:02 AM GMT
    I can relate to the supermarket situation. When I go to the store, I stay on the outside, and don't go down the aisles.
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    Jan 09, 2010 3:09 PM GMT
    I understand what the OP is talking about. Occasionally, I'll be at the grocery store looking at labels and I'll see so many words I don't even recognize or understand that I just wanna put the shit down and subsist on tap water (not because it's pure but because I don't know what's in it!).
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    Jan 09, 2010 4:22 PM GMT
    Michael Pollan calls it Orthorexia: an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating.
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    Jan 09, 2010 4:31 PM GMT
    anorexia scares me.... had a boyfriend who would not eat for weeks, supposedly on the theory that he was cleaning out his system. bullshit... all he would talk about is how "obese" he was. ugh... no more of that.
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    Jan 09, 2010 4:36 PM GMT
    I wouldn't say it is an eating disorder for you aren't doing anything that is detrimental to your system. "Orthorexia" is indeed something to look out for but in most cases it is just mild obsession with eating well and feel kinda crummy after consuming unhealthy foods.

    Your body is just craving what is right, you shouldn't think it is bad.
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    Jan 09, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    I cook just about all my own food,have not eaten fast food in over ten years and rarely eat at restaurants.At first it was difficult,but I finally got into a system where I prepare food in advance to eat when I'm immediately hungry,and have shopped in advance for planned meals.
    When I first started cooking my own food sometimes I would get light headed and dizzy because I did not have food prepared to eat immediately.
    So,I started marinating/grilling chicken,cooking shrimp,tuna and making salads in advance,as well as keeping nuts and crackers around to avoid turning into a starving monster.
    But to answer your question,yes,I did go through a time when I probably had an eating disorder.I don't think starving myself until I could eat healthy food was very healthy.
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    Jan 09, 2010 5:06 PM GMT
    It's a bit different from anorexia, in the sense that weight isn't a concern at all. I never look at calories. Usually consider them to be a silly way of judging food. A candy bar and a salad can potentially have the same caloric values, but one's much healthier than the other.

    Never heard of Orthorexia, but that sounds pretty close. Ironically, I just spent a year helping a researcher study eating disorders in gay men (not as a subject, more on a technical level). The assumption is that it's more common in gay guys. Probably because of the general obsession with looks and youth.

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    Jan 09, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    Maybe consider a nutrition counsellor? A friend of mine is certified and I really like her approach. It's not about dieting so much as helping you find the right things to eat (and the right quantity) to match your needs and goals. She also is quite smart about shopping and gives great tips. She's in Boston, but I'm sure there are some near you. Just a thought.

    You can check out her website just to get an overview of a nutritionist's approach:

    http://www.finallyfed.com/

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    Feb 21, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    bumping this thread for the guys who have had eating disorders.
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    Feb 21, 2012 2:20 AM GMT
    I have an eating disorder: Two hands and only one mouth.
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    Feb 21, 2012 2:21 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI have an eating disorder: Two hands and only one mouth.


    haha, yizir
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    Feb 21, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
    SeaSon saidI was wondering how many guys here have eating disorders and why they think they've developed?

    I used to eat almost everything (chocolate, sugar, non-organic vegetables, red meat, etc) and as I've become more of a "health nut", I find I have less and less to eat. There are days I pretty much starve, and when I go shopping in a normal supermarket, I start wondering about the ingredients and how the foods were prepared and end up finding very little.

    On the one hand, I'm eating "healthy" (when I finally find the right foods). However, this entire obsession with health food doesn't seem healthy at all.

    Have any of you guys had something similar and if so, how did you convince yourself to eat mainstream food, even though it's not considered healthy?


    Yeah, I had an eating disorder only once in my lifetime when i was slightly overweight and wanted to lose only about 15 pounds i went on a very dangerous crash diet and lost more than what i wanted. During that time i had a hard time eating and was insecure with my weight and image and would always look at the calories on foods. It took me a year and a half to overcome this and finally start back to eating more healthy and in moderation. What convinced me to eat more mainstream food would be to simply eat whatever i wanted but make sure it was done in a sensible manner with somewhat exercise.