You’re obessed with “natural” or “clean” foods
One reason orthorexia can sneak up on you is that it starts innocently enough, usually with the desire to eat “healthy.” Rather than the low-fat and low-carb diets of the past few decades, this effort is less about trying to drop pounds and more about trying to avoid processed or junky foods. But if it gets to a point where you’ll eat only natural foods and feel phobic of anything manufactured, your food choices have moved beyond a simple diet and into unhealthy territory. If you go out of your way to avoid chemicals in your diet, this could be a sign of orthorexia.
You avoid eating out
That woman in the coffee line with the five-step beverage order hasn’t got anything on you. If your waiter often pulls up a chair to write down all of your special requests or makes several trips back and forth from the kitchen before you can settle on a meal, this could be a sign of orthorexia. These days, many restaurants have several gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options, so if you have trouble picking something directly from the menu at any restaurant, you could be suffering from orthorexia. Here are some tips on how to eat out without going overboard.