Too Much of a Good Thing- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM

The foundation of health and wellness is a balanced, nutrient-rich diet, but as food and nutrition have gotten increasingly trendy, the concept of eating well has gotten increasingly complex: Which diet to try, which supplement to buy, which label to trust, which vitamins to absorb, and which ingredients to avoid all contribute to an overwhelming jumble of information that can make decisions about eating well feel as organic as a bag of Doritos.

“HEALTHY” OR BUST

Orthorexia—a term coined in the nineties to describe eating disorders rooted in an obsessive determination to only eat “healthy” foods—is a prime example of wellness flipped on it head. Fueled by a compulsive desire to eat well, people with orthorexia end up with limited and limiting diets that can lead to extreme weight loss, nutrient deficiencies, and mental distress. An ironic application of healthy habits that might feel familiar to anyone who’s gone to a grocery store or restaurant and found nothing that meets their exacting standards of cuisine.

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY IN A CULTURE OF EXTREME WELLNESS…

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Edited by Alison Baenen

 

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