Is a nutritionist who only eats three kinds of foods a healthy person (because he she has “food restrictions?”) Do they have a healthy mindset that they can share with their patients and clients one day?
I don’t know. I don’t think that is the case.
Think about how people live in the blue zones. The blue zones are regions of the world which include Costa Rica, Japan, Italy, and Greece. People from the blue zones live to be over 100 years old—in much greater percentages than anywhere else in the world.
The thing about people from the blue zones is that they do not only eat healthy. The researchers studying these people have concluded that the reason why they live so well, and so long, at every stage of their lives is not just because of their diet.
It’s because of their overall way of living. Lots of regular low-level exercise. A family-centered culture. They often have faith in their lives. They have a reason for getting up in the morning. It’s culture, family, and people-centered living.
And so the diet is just a very small piece. An important piece, but it’s still a small piece. The problem is if we just focus on that, we’re missing the bigger picture.
This is similar to the research on heart disease being linked with Type A behavior. The link between “Type A” behavior and coronary events was noticed by cardiologists Meyer Friedmen and Ray Rosenman in the 1950s.
They found that people with a certain cluster of personality traits, developed heart disease at much higher rates, even if they ate healthy. Many of them died of heart attacks because of the way they lived.
With this, I see that there’s an overemphasis on diet in the world today and an underemphasis on the way we ought to live.
Focusing On the Way You Want to Live
We experience so much stress in our daily lives. Imagine what hating your life every day for years and years can do internally?
Being happy in your relationships, doing work you love, eating right, just the feeling of enjoying your life—these are the things that we should be shooting for.
There needs to be a revolution of people that focus on the way we live, rather than an orthorexic culture obsessed with just food. For me, part of reinventing myself is doing work like this—writing books and shooting videos. I feel healthier when I wake up and do work I love.
Even when I eat right, I feel ill if I have to do 10 hours of work that I hate. Of course, diet is important. Is our ridiculous obsession with gluten-free bread really what will save us?
I don’t know.
I heavily question that!!!
Maybe you’ll be able to cut yourself some slack after reading this, so you don’t feel like you have to be neurotic about the freakin’ kale shake every morning.
Maybe you’ll feel like you can finally breathe a sigh of relief, and just have some bread with butter one day, and not beat yourself up about it.
You’ll be fine.
Do you have a friend that you think is orthorexic? If you’ve confronted him or her, what do they say?