How to tell if your ‘healthy diet’ has crossed the line into disordered thinking:
1. You make fun of, or hang out with people who make fun of, people who make different dietary choices than you do.
2. You use your valuable free time to visit other people’s blogs and argue with them about their dietary choices.
3. You’ve completely eliminated foods from your diet that you enjoy eating, and that you have no intolerance to, because your guru has told you they aren’t ‘optimal’.
4. You experience stress, shame or guilt when you eat (or WANT to eat) something forbidden by your diet.
5. You’ve alienated your real life friends and family by constantly criticizing their dietary choices, and you are ok with that because your ‘real’ family is your group of online friends who share your dietary philosophy.
6. You believe that your diet is the one true ‘optimal’ human diet, and that anyone who makes different dietary choices than you simply hasn’t heard the ‘truth’ yet.
7. You focus on diet to the exclusion of other healthy lifestyle choices like regular exercise, proper sleep, stress management and sunlight, and believe that eating the ‘right’ diet can make up for not practicing those other lifestyle choices.
8. You believe that if you just eat ‘right’ all your health problems will go away, and that if someone is still experiencing health problems on your diet they just aren’t ‘doing it right’.
9. You believe, because you’ve been taught by your guru, that the entire medical establishment is out to get you.
10. When your diet is not producing results you keep on doing it because you’ve convinced yourself that you can’t eat any other way.
Your diet doesn’t have to consume your life, produce stress and shame, and alienate your friends and family. There is another way. Diet is just one aspect of a healthy lifestyle, and if your diet is producing negative emotions in your life, it is not promoting health.