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25 Feb 2009

Unhealthy relationship with food
I seem to have a bad relationship with food. I am obsessed with food lables. If the food contains more than 3g of fat per 100g i refuse to buy it. I dont eat meat, i refuse to eat cheese (too much fat) I wont eat deep fried food or food containing more than 1 tsp of olive oil. I am tryign to loose weight but i am worried that my behaviour is becoming a problem. It is at the point now where most nights all i eat is half a butter nut. I cant remember the last time i ate because i enjoyed the food. What do i do?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Sounds like a very unwholesome and unhealthy diet, and probably a variation of an eating disorder. The obsession with labels is self-defeating. EVen with smaller amounts of fat in a product, isn't it more important how much of it you eat rather than the concentration of fat ? And your body needs at least some fat in the diet. And some fats and oils are very good for you, just as others are not. You are wise to recognize that a serious problem is building up. If you wish to be a vegetarian, it is especially important to have a balanced diet of other foods to be ure you get all the nutrients you need. The wisest step would be to consult both a dietician ( to work out a healthy and non-obsessive diet ) and a psychologist practising CBT so as to avoid becomine obsessive and to regain the ability to enjoy what you do eat
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