As an enthusiastic explorer of various food philosophies, let me preface—I’m all for nutritional education and experimentation. It’s an endlessly interesting realm of information providing wealths of food for thought as inevitable as use of said cliche at some point within this post. I personally think there’s a lot to be said for plant-based diets and focus on real, whole foods; however, a critical deep end has emerged in recent years begging to question what "healthy" really means, and even more...what it has become.
A few months back Broadly published a great article highlighting orthorexia—the ironically unhealthy obsession with eating only “healthy” food. Profiling the low-key debilitation on such a concerning rise, the piece perfectly pegs a mounting disorder in newfound form.
Extensive restriction contrasts dangerous loss of control as collective ends of the ED spectrum, but at the heart of every point is internal struggle against pressure once self-imposed now equipped with a life of its own. If overwhelming desire to eat only what fits a conceived "healthy" standard begins feeding one's fear more than their body itself, the conceptual parallels are pretty striking.
“Comfortably Numb: Eat the Pain Away” is another exquisite echo a la our cosmic cohorts at The Numinous. Further addressing the perverted prioritization of sparing life's delicious pleasantries for the sake of twisted "perfection," author Kate Atkinson calls out this trap of self-destruction some overly compulsive souls are progressively plunging into. And at times sketchiest of all—without even realizing it!
Whether a means of delicious nourishment, natural way to repair the body, expression of love or a creative statement itself, there's no universal meaning of food, nor a supposedly token antidote for how to most "healthfully" consume it.
That said, why stress?
When you compare you despair, so craft what eating regimen works best for your unique conditions, lifestyle and tastes most of all. We always hear “moderation is key,” so let’s live up to that and kick pursuits of impossible perfection to the punk-ass curb.
For all the things in life we can’t control, why let one glorious aspect that we actually can get the best of us?
Love your body
And all you choose to put in it