The wellness world is a unique and funny place sometimes. This community (that we here at mindbodygreen are very much a part of) has the best of intentions for sharing information and news about how to be our most vibrant selves.
But all of this knowledge about nutrients, weight loss, and disease prevention can take a dark turn when it starts to consume one's every decision and overall happiness on a regular basis.
It becomes dangerous when we begin linking our self-worth to the food we put in our bodies.
Jordan Younger is best known for her work on her blog, The Balanced Blonde (formerly The Blonde Vegan). Jordan's new memoir, Breaking Vegan, explores her journey from vegan food blogger, to full-blown orthorexic, and finally to a place of peace and balance.
In the book she describes the moments and realizations that led to her challenging recovery.
She wrote, "If I could just learn to eat something without thinking about the end product of every calorie, imagining every last nutrient property of the food, basically swallowing its nutritional value label right along with the meal, then I knew my life would be a lot simpler."
Jordan spoke to us about her experience finding her own way to healing and heath.