The Dangers of Dieting


I have two related news items for you today.

1. Healthy Eating Disorder

1 A DietCan you eat TOO healthy?  Or more precisely; can you eat too much healthy food? Yes.

Healthy Eating Disorder, or Orthorexia, is an obsession for eating a restricted diet of nothing but foods labeled, ‘healthy,’ or foods the person thinks are healthy.

It is not anorexia, a desire to look thin, but a desire and obsession to eat only pure, clean, and healthy foods. To this end an Orthorexian will not eat some or all of the following:  any meat, fat, sugar, dairy, foods with artificial colors or flavors, pesticides, or genetic modification. This eliminates about 90% of all food on earth.

The danger of this obsession is that too often these restricted diets lead to anorexia or bulimia, and severe malnutrition, weight loss that can lead to cardiac issues even death.

Medics are seeing a rise in the number of people with this disorder according to BBC News.

2. Dieting

The article about Healthy Eating Disorder got me to thinking about dieting in general. Most of my friends are constantly, year in and year out, on a diet.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Sounds healthy, doesn’t it?

Au Contraire!

1 A Diet 4What most people do not know or understand is that there are very real dangers to dieting, especially fad and yo-yo dieting.

Most diets are unsustainable in the real world. They just do not fit into oir busy work and family life style., my first go-to site, when I need honest information on any health issue, has the best and shortest article on the dangers of dieting. They list three reasons diets do not work:

1. Damaged health

2. Risk of obesity.

3. Side effects.

To flesh the above out a bit dieting can cause nutritional deficiencies, heart failure, osteoporosis, depression, loss of muscle, insomnia, and headaches, to name just a few.


Worst of all is dieting often lowers metabolism which causes ~~~ TA DA ~~~  weight gain.

IF dieting really worked the multi-billon dollar diet industry would be out of business by now!  Think about it!

There Is No Miracle Diet Plan.

The best plan is to lose weight gradually at the rate of about 1 pound a week. Anything faster than that is 1.) water lost, or 2.)  muscle which is not healthy.

Once in my life I went on a diet. This is what I did. I ate a small breakfast and lunch of about 200-250 calories each. Breakfast was often 2 slices of bacon and a hard boiled egg and/or fruit.

Lunch was half of a restaurant lunch sized entrée or ala carte. I was still working in those days and was on the road a lot.

Then at night I ate a regular dinner (800-1000 calories, but I was not obsessive with that) of what ever I wanted to eat. Those calories total about 500 fewer than what is recommended daily caloric intake for women.


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I began an exercise regimen. I walked a bit over 1 mile every day. And I swam 2-3 miles a couple of times a week.

My goal was to lose 20 pounds……..and in nine months I had lost 19 pounds.

The first month or so I got hungry in between meals. So I ate pop corn with no salt and no butter and I drank a lot of water just to make my stomach feel full. .

BTW ~  Livestrong also says:


Safe Weight Loss

Although diets do work initially, the health consequences and after-effects can make them much less attractive. A much healthier and more permanent approach to slimming down includes gradual weight loss through a healthy and balanced diet, high in fruits and vegetables and low in sugars and trans fats, along with regular exercise — even if modest. This approach has the added advantage of keeping the metabolism up, which causes the body to burn more calories, even while at rest. [All emphasis mine.]



Featured Recipe    Vanilla Apples with Sweetheart Croutes


Now that Groundhog Day has come and passed for another year Valentines Day is soon upon us.

Nothing says loving and caring more than home cooked food. Food goes straight to the heart. And today I have a positively glorious recipe for Valentines or any time you want to share and say, “Love.”

This divine and wonderfully quick and easy recipe comes from that English Goddess, Nigella Lawson from her mouth watering book, Nigella Express.

This can be served for breakfast or an after school snack. With a scoop or two of ice cream it makes a wonderful desert! Talk about your healthy indulgences!!!

This is what you will need for 4 people:

6 tablespoons butter

2 Gala apples – or your choice

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

4 slices of bread*

Sugar for sprinkling

You will also need a heart shaped cookie cutter.

*Nigella only used 3 slices of bread. She must have a much smaller heart cookie cutter than I do.


Here is what you do:

Cut 4 heart shapes with the cookie cutter from the bread. Save any unused pieces of bread for Homemade Croutons or during this cold winter toss it out for the birds.


Wash and finely slice the unpeeled apples. Easy way is to cut the apple into fourths, then cut the core out of each piece, then slice each fourth into 5 or 6 slices.


Melt 5 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet and cook the apples in the butter for about 3 minutes.


Then add the vanilla…….


and cook for another 5 minutes, turning once.


Remove apples to a plate.


Then add the last tablespoon of butter and quickly fry the sweetheart croutes till lightly browned on both sides.


While the toast is browning add sugar to the apples . [No picture.]

Arrange the croutes on one plate or individual plates and add some of the apples.



Nigella suggest serving with cream. I served with ice cream.


Bon appétit!!!


6 tablespoons butter                       $0.48

2 Gala apples – or your choice         $1.19

2 tablespoons vanilla extract            $2.16

4 slices of bread                             $0.32

Sugar for sprinkling*                      $0.07

* I used about 2 tablespoons

Total cost = $4.22
Cost per person = $1.06

Quote of the Day

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
George Bernard Shaw ~  Man and Superman


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5 comments to The Dangers of Dieting

  • I love this dessert – perfect, perfect, perfect.

    I’ve been yo-yo dieting since I was 10 or 11. I was a normal sized kid but my mother was afraid I would look like my Aunt Angelina who was monstrous. I’m not sure why but she felt I had a family resemblance to her aunt and therefore I would be morbidly obese by the time I was 15. I wasn’t. That didn’t stop my mother from saying, “Do you really need to eat that now?” nearly every time I put something in my mouth.

    I’m not obese but in my head I will always be fat. I’d still eat this dessert. 🙂

    • Roberta

      Nigella will do that to you! 🙂 I am sure your mother had the best of intentions, but still….that would have hard to deal with anyway.

  • Oh those apples look so good! Yes, I agree with everything. The trick is to eat whole foods in moderation and remain active. My sister had a terrible case of orthorexia.

  • Actually I meant to say has. She has a terrible case. Barely eats because food might be toxic.