Obsessed With Eating Low Fat

By September 19, 2012

About 2 years ago I became lactose intolerant. Since then I have obsessed about the foods I put in my mouth. I don’t eat cheese, ice cream, etc. because I get sick. I also don’t eat anything that is fatty, and eat no red meat. I just thought I was healthy by watching what I ate. I do eat lots of fruits, fibers, carbs because I am very active and like to workout. I also eat maybe 8-10 grams of fat a day. Is this enough when I workout everyday? I took the test on your site and it said that I do have a problem. For a year now my family has told me that I don’t eat enough and I ignored it. I want to start eating more food and more often but I don’t know what is the best to indulge in and snack on. Do I need a nutritionist? What do you suggest? – K

Dear K:

It sounds like you have been limiting yourself too much and would really benefit from seeing a Registered Dietitian in your area to help you add variety to your diet. You need to give yourself wider parameters and more food choices; meeting with a dietitian would help you with this process. Be sure to find a dietitian who has worked with eating issues before. The article “Finding a Nutritionist” can help you with that process.

Your fat intake of only 8-10 grams is very low for anyone let alone someone who is working out on a daily basis. It is easy to become consumed by watching our food even if we think it’s just eating healthy. Remember that a healthy diet includes all foods and lots of variety. When you find a dietitian, be sure to let him or her know all of the food restrictions you have placed on yourself so she/he can help you learn to incorporate them back in to your diet.