THE GIRL WHO DIDN’T EAT ANYTHING WHITE: I was just talking to a young woman yesterday who was really excited because she just had Greek yogurt for the first time. You see, most of her life, this girl had been avoiding anything white. Why? When she was a teenager, her mom told her that “white foods are the devil and will give you cellulite and make you fat.” Ohhhkayyyy. Her mom was obviously fearful about weight and wanted to avoid calorie-dense foods like sour cream or mayo. (She’s not the only woman I’ve met who didn’t eat white foods!)
THE GIRL WHO DIDN’T EAT ANYTHING COOKED: Another woman I know ate only raw food-raw veggies and fruits, unroasted nuts-for a few years. The raw food movement is kind of a hot thing now, and there are raw restaurants popping up all over L.A., but for this girl, her raw-food habit was really a way to slash calories and try to control what she thought was her uncontrollable appetite.
THE GIRL WHO MADE HER OWN “CANDY”: A weird old food habit of mine? If the craving to binge hit, I would make something sweet out of whatever was in the house at the time. Once I melted Kool-Aid powder and sugar in a pan for makeshift hard candy. More than a few times, I poured maple syrup or granulated sugar directly into a jar of Skippy and ate it with a spoon. Weird? Uh, yeah. But was I alone? Heck no-I had binge eating disorder, and so does one out of every 35 grown women.
How do you know if your “weird” food quirks amount to something more? These questions, from researcher Cynthia’s Bulik‘s new book Crave, are meant to help you figure out whether you have an unhealthy relationship with food:
1. Have I always had “issues” with food? (And I’d add: or your body)
2. Do I often wait to eat until I’m alone?
3. Do I have feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy after overeating?
4. Do I have a list of “bad foods” that I secretly crave?
5. Do I ever “black out” or “zone out” during overeating to the point where I barely remember, let alone taste, what I ate?
OK, it’s your turn to share: Do you have any weird food habits? What do you think they mean?