This excellent article discusses the newly-coined eating disorder of “orthorexia nervosa,” an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. This is one of those traps that I hope never to fall into. In my own opinion, if you go beyond veganism (into raw foodism, fruitarianism, etc.) then you’re a likely candidate for orthoexia nervosa. To me, a complex, varied diet that I enjoy is the most important. As a vegetarian I don’t feel like I’m limiting myself or becoming obsessive about the “little things” (like cooking out small bits of nutrients from veggies by stir-frying them for a few minutes). My goal is to always enjoy what I’m eating while remaining aware (but not obsessing over) the positive or negative health ramifications of the food.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to eat a bag of Double Stuf Oreos and a block of organic tofu.