Can we be addicted to a way of eating? Although it’s not yet a diagnosis, The fancy name for this is ORTHOREXIA NERVOSA. it means “right eating or pure eating.” It’s a fixation on certain foods, how they’re prepared, grown, sourced, or cooked.
My daughter went through this phase once: she refused to eat anything but chicken or any vegetable that wasn’t white. At Thanksgiving we told her we got a special giant chicken for the occasion.
We ate the stuffing and she had the mashed potatoes. We had the green bean casserole, the cranberry salad, the sweet potato with pecan casserole and the Karo pecan pie for desert. She filled up on rolls and butter, for these were the only other white food items on the table.
As we moaned and gushed over each bite, she ate her white bits in silence. I think she was stubbornly going to make good her eight year old’s proclamation that only white foods would pass her lips. She would go down with her ship like a good captain before the mast in the midst of a terrible battle of wills.
That food must have been a temptation, for the next year I heard no such strange pronouncement. She was now an omnivore like the rest of the clan.