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Do Raw Foodists Have an Eating Disorder?

According to this article we do.

Apparently people who have a “fixation with righteous eating” or who decide to give up certain unhealthy foods like “sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat gluten, yeast, soy, corn and dairy foods” have a mental condition known as orthorexia nervosa.

And us low fat raw foodies really take the cake!  Not only do we shun all or most cooked foods, we also tend to avoid stimulating foods like cacao and limit the amount of avocados, nuts, and seeds we consume.

I guess it makes sense. I mean, one of my nicknames is “CRAZY Swayze”. ;)

Sticking to a Healthy Diet Plan is NOT a Disease

According to mainstream media and medicine, you can only be healthy if you subscribe to the “everything in moderation” way of thinking.  Basically, you can eat anything you like as long as it isn’t to excess and still be perfectly healthy.

Now, I don’t dispute the fact that you can eat anything you like.  You certainly CAN eat anything you wish and should only choose a particular diet because it is the way you want to eat.

But to think that you can eat any food, any time and still be HEALTHY is just ridiculous.  Eating meat at every meal, even if it’s in “moderate” 3 oz portion sizes, is not health promoting.  Eating cereal for breakfast, even if you follow the suggested serving size on the box, is not health promoting.  Having Chinese stir-fry for dinner, even if it’s described as “light” on the menu, is not health promoting.

If OPTIMAL health is your goal, you can’t do any better than a low fat, high fruit raw vegan diet.  And this doesn’t just imply limiting your fat intake and shoving lots of fruit into your face.  If you really want to see results, you have to give up on (or at least severely limit) your intake of lots and lots of “normal” foods.

On the Other Hand…

While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to eat a healthy diet, it is never a good idea to obsess over food.  If what you eat (or don’t eat) causes you any amount of stress or strain in your life, you may want to take a step back and reanalyze your raw goals.

Remember, food really IS just food!

Go raw and be fit,

Swayze