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When it comes to eating what is “normal”?

As a therapist, Elika Kormeili, works with individuals with food allergies and emotional eating. That’s right you can be an emotional eater even if you have food allergies or food intolerances. Ever wonder what the difference is between an “Eating Disorder” and “Disordered Eating”?

Eating Disorder vs Disordered Eating

What are “eating disorders”?
“Eating disorder” is when a person eats (or refuses to eat) in order to satisfy an emotional need. The person may not be aware of bodily signals or may ignore them. These are the typical ones I am sure we have all heard of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Of course, there are others that don’t fall into these categories.

So what is normal?
A normal person eats when hungry and stops eating when the body doesn’t need more. They eat to live and not live to eat.

What is “disordered eating”?
“Disordered eating” is a fancy term used to describe irregular eating habits or patterns. Many people have eating habits that arent’ “typical” or “healthy” but that doesn’t warrant a diagnosis of an eating disorder. Nevertheless, it does become a problem when your jeans stop fitting. That’s when it may be a good idea to talk to a professional who can guide you back to healthy eating patterns.

Okay, if you are like me you absolutely hate labels (and we don’t mean nutrition labels). Elika actually doesn’t like the term “disordered eating” so how about we call it “unhealthy eating habits”? Is that okay with everyone?

You may have unhealthy eating patterns if…
1) You celebrate with food instead of laughter.
2) You eat a chocolate cake instead of talking about your feelings.
3) You eat eat a box of cookies because you have nothing else to do.
4) You snacking on chips watching t.v. and you realize you finished the whole bag.
5) You lose 5lbs then celebrate with an elaborate dinner and cocktails.

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