Blogger becomes orthorexic trying to cure yeast infection

By YOU
25 July 2017

Henya hopes by sharing her story she could help other people battling similar eating disorders.

It turns out you can have too much of a good thing – but one woman over did it on healthy veggies and nearly died.

Henya Perez (28) from Israel switched from a vegan diet to a raw food diet after hearing claims that it could cure her yeast infection.

That’s when the vegan blogger started eating uncooked fruit and veg without any oil or salt whatsoever until 4 pm in the afternoon, as part of the ‘Raw till 4’ diet.

Eventually, she became so consumed with perfecting her diet that she even joined support groups.

"I spent most of my time thinking about food, making plans, shopping for food, posting pictures of food, and of course, eating food,” Henya says.

But things took a drastic turn for Henya when she began suffering from chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fatigue and nausea – while trying to force herself to eat up to 2 500 calories a day.

"Eating this many calories and high fibre foods every day took a toll on my body and I would have to go to the toilet a dozen times a day,” the blogger says.

When she couldn’t achieve her calorie goal, the Tel-Aviv native would wake up at night to finish her meals.

But Henya had a huge awakening when she nearly died after eating contaminated fruit – while on holiday in Thailand.

That’s eventually when she decided to return to her non-restrictive vegan diet.

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Henya has been a vegan for 10 years now for ethical reasons – but the side effects from her obsessive diet stopped her from visiting friends and working out.

After minor setbacks, Henya finally feels in control of her life and diet but admits that she stills suffers some long-term effects from orthorexia.

According to nationaleatingdisorders.org, orthorexia nervosa is defined as an “unhealthy obsession” with otherwise healthy eating. The term literally means “fixation on righteous eating”.

"It's been a while since diets controlled my life but I do sometimes feel anxious using a lot of oil when cooking for myself,” she says.

 

“I think it is important to share my story to warn others and also to show that veganism has nothing to do with diets and eating disorders, and has everything to do with choosing an ethical lifestyle and saving animals.”

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