Today I am honored to feature a guest voice on my blog! Ritta Shikwana is a Holistic Health Coach who helps people going through something she herself has recovered from — orthorexia.
Have you heard of orthorexia before? While not officially included in the DSM-V, it is a condition that is running rampant in our society today and has serious health effects. It is described as “an unhealthy obsession with healthy or ‘pure’ foods” that begins to get out of control, and takes over one’s life. Eventually food choices become so restrictive, in both variety and calories, that health suffers – an ironic twist for a person so completely dedicated to healthy eating.
Read on to hear about Ritta’s desire to get pregnant and have a family, and what she has learned about the way eating disorders can threaten the things we value the most.
Recovering my Period, my Body and my Life: A Story of Recovery from Orthorexia
Have you lost your period? Do you want to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy? Not long ago I used to desperately search the internet on how to get my period back. I had lost my period due to excessive exercise and struggling with orthorexia (click here to take a self test to see if you might have some of these behaviors too).
Not feeling womanly, not having a period and not being able to get pregnant caused me to have so much more stress than I needed.
Ritta is a certified Holistic Health Coach from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her mission is to help women develop a healthy relationship with food, their body and exercise. Because she overcame Orthorexia, Depression, Exercise Addiction and Amenorrhea, she now coaches women who are going through similar struggles. You can connect with Ritta on here website rawritta.com. And also connect on social media at YouTube, Instagram, Facebook