I’m on a mission to improve my mental health, but first I need to make sure I’m not a food addict

I don’t have a health condition, but I’ve been getting a lot of calls lately from clients who are asking about mental health issues. 

I’m one of them, and this week I’ve got a few questions for you.

First, how do you stay sane?

The number one reason I get calls about mental illnesses is because of my eating habits.

I love food and I love to eat healthy, but when I’m in the mood, I’ll eat whatever’s on sale.

So I’ve tried to get on a diet and focus on the things that I enjoy and those I know will help me feel better.

I’m trying to be more conscious of what I eat and how I eat.

And I’m really working on being more mindful of what is healthy for me and what is not.

The best thing about my diet is that it’s not really about the amount of calories.

It’s about how I feel when I eat them.

I don.

I think it’s about what I’m willing to sacrifice to have that same feeling.

For instance, I love nuts.

I like nuts in salads, but if I have an ice cream sundae I will go to the grocery store and get some nuts for myself, like almonds or pistachios.

If I have a whole bag of walnuts, I’d rather have half of them because I know that I’m more likely to have a heart attack when I have those things on my plate.

But the other thing is I have to go out of my way to be mindful about my health.

I know when I am feeling really, really anxious and stressed, I will put on my meds.

I will do yoga and I will read books.

And then I will eat healthy and I’ll do what I need and then I’ll get on the meds and I don`t eat for that long.

So the way I approach my diet and my eating is that I don´t have a schedule, I don�t want to be on a strict diet, I want to eat healthily.

But I want my body to be in optimal condition and I want the foods I eat to be healthy.

How do you know if you have an eating disorder?

There are two types of eating disorders: Type I is when you have a problem with eating, and Type II is when it’s your eating habits that are causing you problems.

Type II people will say they have anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating, or they’ll be in the hospital and they’ll say, “I eat too much.” 

Type I people are people who think they’re being healthy and that they’re not.

Type I people will do anything to avoid eating.

If they have a craving, they’ll just avoid eating because they feel guilty.

But people who have Type II eating disorders have these feelings of guilt when they go to a restaurant.

It feels like they’re doing something wrong.

They think, “If I go to restaurants and eat there, I might feel bad about myself, and I might make someone else feel bad.”

So they don’t go out to eat and they don`re in the restaurant and they eat unhealthy food. 

When people get anorexic or bulimic, they will have these thoughts: “I should have been more careful, I should have taken care of myself.”

“If only I could eat more healthily, I could be healthier.”

Type II eaters will say, if I don, I can’t do that, I’m anorectic, I shouldn’t be in a restaurant, I just need to go somewhere where I’m safe.

Type III eaters say, well, I have no idea what I`m doing.

So it’s kind of like, “What can I do to make myself feel better?”

They’ll do something like exercise, go for a walk, they just take their time. 

Do you know how many people have an anorectic or borderline personality disorder?

Well, there are three types.

Type 1 people, which is basically, they have obsessive compulsive disorder, they can’t stop eating.

Type 2 people, they may have a compulsion to eat or something like that.

Type 3 people, you have this kind of obsessive compulsivity that goes, “No, no, no.”

But the thing about Type 1 is that they have these obsessions.

They have this fear that someone will try to stop them.

They’re constantly worried about someone stealing their food.

They’ll get worried that someone might steal their food, that they might leave it out, that somebody might come into the kitchen.

Type 4 people, I guess you would call them the Borderline Personality Disorder, they actually have a compulsive eating disorder, that if they eat something, it makes them hungry, that it gets them into trouble.

It doesn’t stop