Orthorexia: Is this you (or your loved one)?
Typical Orthorexia emotions & behaviour
- An obsession with eating healthy food or food that you feel is safe or correct for your body type.
- Eating food not on your list, such as animal foods or fats would make you extremely anxious or disgusted.
- There may be a history of anorexia or bulimia or fear of weight gain.
- Denial that there is a problem, often getting angry with loved ones who express concerns about eating behaviour.
- Rigid and obsessive behaviour with food accompanied by a self-critical inner voice demanding perfection and obedience.
- Withdrawal from normal life and spending a lot of time worrying and thinking about food.
- Depression, anxiety, poor self-confidence and body image.
- People with severe orthorexia have underlying anxiety and may have a poor quality of life with food obsessions and avoidance affecting everything they do. Recovery is possible with the right support.
- Orthorexia treatment is forward-looking and not just about food and weight. Recovery is about building a kinder relationship with food of course, and is also about emotional strengthening, raising self-worth and finding better ways of feeling in control. A good, trustful relationship is perhaps the most important part of recovery and our therapists are trained to understand orthorexia, how it differs from healthy eating, and what it means.
We start with a full assessment to help build a personalised treatment plan.
Treatment takes time and will focus on:
- Gaining insight into orthorexia, plus building motivation and commitment to change.
- Nutritional guidance to address some of the physical and mood imbalances in a gentle and collaborative way.
- Coping well with life and people; managing fear, panic, stress and unhappiness.
- Managing perfectionism and orthorexic thoughts.
- Self-worth and body image healing.
The next step
As a certified eating psychology expert; I support you with compassion and wisdom in the journey of change.
I understand weight problems and irrational cravings, and know how to turn it around in a way that is right for you.
Would you like to know more about WHAT can be done for you personally? The first step is to have a no-obligation assessment (only £50) in person, by phone or by Skype. The first step starts here.
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