Whole Foods: The Secret You Discover for Yourself

A Healthy Foods Diet Doesn’t Stoke Industry Profits, Hence the Orthorexia Label

Vegetables. Fruits. Tasty beans. Satisfying baked potatoes and whole grains. Crunchy fresh nuts. Fragrant herbs and spices. Are you forming a picture of a delicious day of eating? Are you imagining vibrant health, a trim figure, and a sustainable garden or small family farm?

Wouldn't you think this is a healthy, delicious choice?

Wouldn't you think this is a healthy, delicious choice?

Well, according to certain “experts,” this kind of diet is downright sick. Believe it or not, there is increased media attention on a fake “eating disorder” called orthorexia. Sufferers of this “disorder” are accused of eating the most unprofitable foods – fresh from the soil, cooked at home, simple and naturally appealing. Such whole foods provide little opportunity for big business to make a buck on your ruining your health or big pharma to make a buck (or several billion of them) selling you the pills to fix the effects of the manufactured foods.

When I first read about this “disorder,” quite honestly I thought it was a joke. However, although not an official medical diagnosis, medical sources do discuss and debate orthorexia and whether it should be recognized as an official “illness.”

Those on a whole foods diet suffer little from other diseases. So the medical establishment can conveniently then label them as “sick” for refusing to eat the toxic manufactured and animal foods that overflow supermarkets.

The signs of orthorexia, according to the Mayo Clinic, include avoiding foods containing artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives,

According to proponents of orthorexia, this profitable, greasy manufactured food is actually the "normal" choice

According to proponents of orthorexia, this profitable, greasy manufactured food is actually the "normal" choice

pesticides, genetically modified ingredients, fat, sugar, or salt. The Mayo Clinic material goes on to helpfully mention that wanting to eat in this sane manner “can be treated with counseling and medication.”

Proponents of this ridiculous “diagnosis” automatically assume that healthy eating is not pleasurable. In fact, humans are designed by nature to enjoy whole foods. Only in the last hundred years or so, since the advent of factories, refrigeration, and higher incomes, have people even had the choice of living on anything but whole foods.

Give your tastes a few weeks to break away from the prison of chemically manipulated taste and mountains of added salt and sugar, and you’ll never want anything but whole foods. They are that good. Here are a few of the taste treats I love, all 100% plant-based, made without added oil, and so yummy I can hardly wait to get hungry again.

• Sandwiches and wraps

• Veggie burgers

• Burritos and enchiladas

• Curries

• Stir fries

• Pasta (including lasagna)

• Pizza

• Salads

• Casseroles

• Baked, roasted, and boiled potatoes

• Whole grain cereal and oatmeal

• Brown rice, corn, quinoa, and barley

• Every kind of fruit and vegetable

• Every kind of herb and spice

• Olives

• Nuts and seeds

• Soups – my favorite, even in summer

• Dark chocolate

Would you call this a limited diet? The only things that are limited are my time in the doctor’s office and hanging around the pharmacy waiting to spend my money on drugs. Really, I don’t mind those limitations, and neither would you, most likely.

When you think for yourself, whole foods are the only logical choice. You can just smile to yourself if someone uses the twisted label “orthorexic.” Remember the hidden motivation and billions of dollars fueling this diagnosis. Just go on thriving on the foods you love and keeping your own money in your own pockets.

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Blog by Janice Stanger, Ph.D. Janice authored The Perfect Formula Diet, a nutrition book built on sustainable food choices. Enjoy six kinds of whole foods for permanent, hunger-free weight loss and health.

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3 Responses to “Whole Foods: The Secret You Discover for Yourself”

  1. Will Tuttle says:

    Thanks Janice! – You hit the nail on the head as usual!

  2. Rae Sikora says:

    Thank you Janice! This is such a great expose’ . I guess the sister disease would be exercise/yoga/meditation based since they also promote self care!

  3. JJ Dawes says:

    You are being a bit paranoid here. The proposed Orthorexia Nervosa refers not to people who want to eat in a sustainable and healthy manner, but rather to people who Obsess over their food intake to the point of unhealthiness. This is possible through malnutrition due to the removal of too many foods, or the emotional stress they put themselves under worrying about food content or guilting themselves over food choices. From what I can find, it seems that most psychologists consider it a subset of OCD and Eating Disorders, obsessing on things they have decided are “Healthy vs Unhealthy” no matter the justification. This is not people such as yourself, who make the effort to eat a balanced diet, but to people who are actually harming themselves. Just look at some of the crazy fad diets people go on, just because they heard it was good for you from a friend-of-a-friend, or a random website without any science backing them. Your goal should not be to yell that you are being persecuted, since that makes you look crazy. Just keep doing what you are doing, and live well.

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