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19 Things That Level-Headed Natural Health Nuts Don’t Do

19 Things That Level-Headed Natural Health Nuts Don’t Do

It’s preposterous, isn’t it?

To say that eating too well can be unhealthy?

A Colorado-licensed physician and a national-level expert on alternative medicine, Steven Bratman, M.D., determined that some of his patients were so obsessed with healthy diets that he thought they had eating disorders. So, in 1997, he coined the term orthorexia nervosa, meaning “righteous eating.” Isn’t that term laughable? Maybe Big Food swayed him to mock, discredit, and obscure health-conscious people just like you. Maybe it was a marketing ploy from Big Pharma to create another disorder and sell another drug to the market or get you locked up in a loony bin, all because you have practices and beliefs associated with healing or attaining optimal health through foods.

It’s like you’re being accused, persecuted, and punished by society, like witches. Similarly to Mel Gibson’s character in the movie Conspiracy Theory (who was made to appear insane for suspecting fraudulent government activity everywhere), you are made to appear insane for suspecting toxic substances in most prepared foods—toxic substances such as high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame, and MSG—or for refusing to eat a Big Mac.

Nonetheless, if you read the different “symptoms” of the “mental disorder,” you’ll find some cause for concern. People can take their food purity obsessions to such an extreme that they become phobic, antisocial, manic, and excessively controlling. What starts off as a concern for healthy eating can turn into obsessive-compulsive behaviors if you’re not careful.

Thankfully, you can be a health nut without taking things that far. So, let’s name a few behaviors that level-headed health nuts just don’t do:

1. They don’t make food their main topic with everyone

Level-headed health nuts know that not everything revolves around food, and they can talk endlessly about any other topic because they’re versatile.

2. They don’t shout that only their diet can save the world

They feel that healthy foods can improve the lives of people, but not to the extent that it can solve all the aches and pains in the world.

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    3. They don’t obsess over being pure

    Level-headed health nuts don’t become anxious if they swallow a small quantity of something that wasn’t grown directly from the earth. They don’t believe they have to remove every single toxin in their body. If a loved one prepared food for them made with love, they don’t try to control what is served because they know food brings people together and creates many memorable moments. Instead, they’re empathetic and share the meals of their loved ones, knowing they’ll be happy. They focus on the quality food they ingest the majority of the time, are satisfied with that, and trust their bodies to remove waste effectively.

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      4. They don’t severely restrict themselves to their diet

      They don’t have a compulsive focus on calories or a self-destructive preoccupation with eating the “right” foods. They know that sometimes they have to make choices that are outside their optimal diet out of convenience and they can live with that.

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        5. They won’t go on a 6-month coconut water fast to “purify” their bodies

        Level-headed health nuts understand the concept of water fasting and agree with it, but they know it’s only a therapeutic thing that shouldn’t last more than one month.

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          6. They don’t spend crazy amounts of time preparing food strictly from whole foods

          They know that home meals are better and they take pleasure in preparing everything from scratch, but if they don’t feel like making homemade mustard or ketchup (for instance), they’re not ashamed of going to the grocery store to buy the highest quality products available.

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            7. They don’t compromise love, joy, and creativity over following the perfect diet

            Level-headed health nuts are not preoccupied with worrying about food to miss out on other activities and interests in order to follow some ideal guidelines.

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            8. They don’t feel guilt or self-loathing when they stray from their diets or think of eating comforting foods

            They don’t punish themselves when they slip up. They understand that they’re human, they make mistakes, and they can try again.

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              9. They don’t determine their self-worth based on how much they control their diets

              Yes, level-headed health nuts feel proud when they adhere to their health goals, but they don’t demean or belittle themselves if they lose control or fail at times.

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                10. They don’t feel superior, condescend others, and despise people who don’t make the same lifestyle choices as them

                They don’t act as if they’re enlightened or on a pedestal for their dietary mastery. Instead, they understand that people have their own struggles and their own path to choose.

                11. They don’t judge others who aren’t searching for spirituality through food

                Level-headed health nuts understand the energy they get from fresh and whole foods, but they don’t scrutinize others who don’t aspire to attain illumination, nirvana, or a higher consciousness from it.

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                  12. They don’t spend most of their lives thinking about what they should be eating

                  They don’t plan their menus day in and day out in order to feel reassured. They don’t live in fear of uncertainty. Instead, they plan their weekly or daily menus in order to be more organized and spend less time in the kitchen so they can think about it once a week or once a day, move on, and better enjoy the rest of the time.

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                    13. They don’t starve to death for righteous eating

                    If there’s nothing up to their liking, level-headed health nuts will still eat something that is close to what is preferable because they know eating is a basic need.

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                      14. They don’t feel like their diets are not good enough

                      They know there’s always room for improvement, but they don’t stress over and over about chasing perfection because they know it’s pointless.

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                        15. They don’t follow their diets like a religion

                        Level-headed health nuts don’t blindly follow the draconian rules of a leader or a belief system like fanatics. They don’t adhere to a closed group that shuns other people, either. Instead, they take what works for them and leave what doesn’t.

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                          16. They don’t isolate themselves socially just because they feel the outside world won’t meet their eating needs

                          They don’t experience anxiety if they are in a situation where their dietary needs can’t be met, spending most of their time eating at home. Instead, they know that they can’t control external events, so they focus on the control they can exercise at home and learn to add water to their wine once they’re outside.

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                            17. They don’t lose weight to the point where it’s dangerous.

                            Level-headed health nuts monitor themselves regularly to make sure they don’t reach an unhealthy weight. They can evaluate themselves, know where to draw the line between thin and too thin, and know when it’s time to switch to something else.

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                              18. They don’t spend excessive time, money, and energy to make sure they get every medicinal food existing on the market.

                              Of course, they believe that food is their medicine, but they don’t go all out stocking their pantries with tons of superfoods or herbs. Instead, they make decisions based on the reality of their finances and life conditions and believe that regular, simple foods are also powerful despite the array of superfoods in the world. They’ll get a few superfoods and vitamins only to complement their diets if needed.

                              19. They don’t live their lives constantly worrying about physical ailments or imagining them.

                              Level-headed health nuts are not hypochondriacs. Instead, they live in the moment and trust in the strength of their bodies.

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                                How to Be a Healthy Health Nut

                                Healthy eating isn’t a crazy thing. Healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to prevent and control many health problems. Healthy eating is about making changes you can live with and enjoy for the rest of your life. No matter what the reason: to give you energy, to shed excessive pounds, or to prolong your life – and of course, there’s nothing wrong with being committed to it. But it’s all about balance.

                                So, yes, make healthy choices in what you eat all the time. Yes, avoid harmful ingredients. Yes, make it a better way of life – but don’t let your way of life kill you. Don’t be consumed by it. Don’t go nuts.

                                If so, you won’t even enjoy a happy life and reap the benefits of it. That would be a shame, don’t you think?

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                                How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. To control your thoughts means to influence the way you live your life.

                                Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affects your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality)

                                I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive, and just a general waste of energy.

                                You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Be someone who can control your thoughts—become the master of your mind.

                                When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                I currently have a few thoughts that are not of my choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in control of your thoughts.

                                If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create unhealthy and unproductive thoughts.

                                1. The Inner Critic

                                This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                • Other people’s words—many times your parents
                                • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples’ expectations
                                • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media
                                • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance, and lack of self-love.

                                Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is youwhy else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                2. The Worrier

                                This person lives in the future—in the world of “what ifs.”

                                The Worrier is motivated by fear, which is often irrational and has no basis. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                                3. The Reactor or Troublemaker

                                This is the one that triggers anger, frustration, and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                                This person can be set off by words or feelings and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control. He is run by past programming that no longer serves you—if it ever did.

                                4. The Sleep Depriver

                                This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity, and generalized anxiety
                                • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                How can you control these squatters?

                                How to Master Your Mind

                                You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but you must pay attention to them so you can identify “who” is running the show—this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                This second option is what is known as peace of mind.

                                The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go-to” thoughts in applicable situations.

                                Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                1. For the Inner Critic

                                When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                                You can also have a dialogue with yourself to discredit the ‘voice’ that created the thought—if you know whose voice it is:

                                “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready.

                                This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                • They rile up the Worrier.
                                • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                2. For the Worrier

                                Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally, and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind, and creates anxiety in the body. This may make it more difficult for you to control your thoughts effectively.

                                You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                • Muscles tense

                                Use the above-stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time, you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense. Both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

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                                Now, take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like! Do it until you feel that you’re close to being in control of your thoughts.

                                Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                                For example: If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place.

                                Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                3. For the Troublemaker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers. But until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain.

                                I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds—just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                Breathe in through your nose:

                                • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                • Focus on your belly rising.

                                Breathe out through your nose:

                                • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                • Focus on your belly falling.
                                • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize. Now, you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior, and you’ll be more in control of your thoughts.

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                                One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                                Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                4. For the Sleep Depriver

                                (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher, and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                2. Then I came up with a replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and thoughts, and I choose quiet.

                                From the first time I tried this method, I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (closed, of course). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon
                                • Shut down your thinking
                                • Calm your feelings
                                • Simply focus on the present moment

                                The Bottom Line

                                Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or destructive purposes.

                                You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable, and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. You can be in control of your thoughts. The choice is yours!

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