Sometimes there can be a fine line between being healthy and being obsessive.
If you are overworking yourself at the gym and not giving your muscles time to repair, you are going to feel drained, tired, and irritable. If your body feels like it needs a break, take a break.
Please, I beg of you, don’t take this amazing thing called exercise and turn it into something harmful.
If you are trying a new diet, make sure you are still getting enough nutrients! Starving yourself leads to irritability, lack of energy and not being able to think straight (and even way worse side effects.) Do some research before you start following the newest fad diet.
If you want to count your macros, do it! But try your best not to become obsessive over weighing everything perfectly. If you happen to eat 1/2 cup of rice instead of 1/4 cup of rice it ain’t going to kill you!
If you need help figuring out the macro-nutrients for your body and lifestyle, email me, I would be glad to help. I am able to keep off fat and sustain lean muscle by working out 4-5 times a week and eating a meal every 3-4 hours. You need carbs. You need fats. You need proteins. You need rest!
I am a firm believer that you need to listen to your body. If you are feeling hungry, EAT! If you are feeling worn down, take a rest day! or go for a light walk if you really don’t want to relax. And honestly, if you are craving a cookie, eat the damn cookie.
For more information on orthorexia and excessive exercise, check out this page.
Becoming truly obsessed with every single piece of food you eat and feeling the need to constantly work out multiple times a day can lead you spiraling down a dark path. If you ever feel this happening please check out the NEDA website https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ or call their helpline (800) 931-2237.