Recognizing that you may have a disordered relationship toward food is not always an easy task. In the fitness and running world, restriction is the norm and unhealthy behaviors are often idolized as being symbols of “dedication” and “hard work”. But what you don’t see are the life-long damaging mental and physical health consequences of denying your body proper nutrition. Below are some questions to ask yourself about whether or not your quest for health is actually really all that healthy at all:
Am I restricting myself from eating the foods that I’m craving?
Do I get nervous around any certain food?
Does the amount I workout in a given day determine how much I allow myself to eat?
Do I label foods “good” and “bad”?
Am I trying to eat like someone else?
Do I let the scale dictate how I feel about myself?
Do I allow myself to only eat at certain times on the day, disregarding hunger completely?
Is this pattern of eating unsustainable for the rest of my life?
Do I let a foods caloric content determine how I feel about eating it?
Do I accuse myself of “lacking willpower” when I eat a certain “unhealthy” food?
Do I try to hide my behaviors around food from others?
Do I cope with my negative emotions by either restricting or binging on food?
Do I view myself as superior to other people because of my lower or higher weight?
Do I judge others for what they eat?
Am I obsessed with knowing the nutritional value of all foods I eat?
If you answered “yes” to many of these questions.. it is likely that you do not have a healthy relationship with food. While this list is in no way a diagnostic tool for determining if you have an eating disorder, it may signal that something isn’t 100% right and you may be on the path to developing an even more serious problem. I would highly recommend consulting with a registered dietitian and/or therapist for more info.