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Can Healthy Eating Ever Go Too Far?

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Most doctors and researchers now agree that a healthy diet is absolutely fundamental to personal health and wellbeing. Not only does eating right reduce your risk of major diseases, but it may even protect you against common mental health conditions as well. 

However, some researchers now argue that people can take healthy eating too far. Consuming fruits and vegetables morning, noon and night might seem like a good idea, but there are drawbacks if not done correctly.

Spending All Day Thinking About Food

Thinking about food around mealtimes is perfectly normal, but if you find yourself daydreaming about it at other times of the day, such as just before bed, it might suggest that you’ve taken healthy eating too far. Either you’re not providing yourself with palatable, satisfying food, or you’re not getting enough calories. 

To correct this, cook delicious meals from recipe books and increase the number of calories that you’re getting in your food.

You Can’t Eat Anything Unhealthy Without Negative Emotions

There’s nothing wrong with avoiding junk food. But if you find yourself unable to eat anything that might be considered unhealthy, you may need to visit a dietitian for eating disorders. Some people can get into a situation where they can’t eat anything that might be bad for them – something that can cause a great deal of distress. 

You Compulsively Read Nutrition Information Labels

Reading nutrition information labels from time to time is okay, but it can become a problem if you start doing it obsessively. Rejecting every foot item with more than the recommended salt, fat or sugar can be good for your health, but bad for your mind.

If you can, give yourself some leeway. Choose foods as they come out of the ground and trust them to provide all of the nutrition you need. 

You’re Cutting Out Whole Food Groups

Cutting out entire food groups because you believe that they aren’t healthy can be a problem and may indicate that you’re taking healthy eating too far. 

Sure, if you want to go vegan, remove the meat and dairy from your diet, but be honest about your motivations. Are you doing it to prevent animal suffering or because you think that it will help you lose weight? 

You’re Drinking Green Smoothies And Not Much Else

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While green smoothies are incredibly healthy, they aren’t a sustainable, long-term balanced diet. At some point, you’re going to need grains, fruits and sources of protein. 

Doing a “green smoothie” fast is something that people like to do once per year, but attempting to do it more often than that could be a recipe for disaster. Don’t try it. 

You Worry About Certain Ingredients In Food

Manufacturers like to add all sorts of ingredients to their foods to make them more palatable and to boost their shelf life. Many of these are benign and a small number are harmful. 
If you find yourself obsessing over these (and feeling emotional when you find out that they are in your food), it could be a sign that you’ve taken healthy eating too far and need to get support.

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