Anderson Cooper had always been my go to person with news in the world. He now has a new talk show on every weekday at 4pm on channel 11. His show on Tuesday was about looking at his own eating habits and examining his relationship with food. Anderson has never tried most green vegetables or coffee, hot beverages make him nausous, and he says he truly does not care about food. For him, he is only comfortable eating a handful of foods at a given time. Once he picks his favorite food for the time, he eats them everyday until he gets tired of them. For example, he is on his forth month of eating Boston Market turkey breast, with 2 sides of corn, corn bread, and cranberry sauce for lunch. He pretty much can count the different kinds of foods he eats at a time on one hand.
Sondra Kronberg is the nutritional therapist Anderson had on the show to discuss his own habits. For Anderson, his father died of a heart attack when he was 10 years old and he began his perfectionist eating habits at 11. The therapists mentioned to Anderson that he is a disorder eater and for Anderson there is an emotional component to it. He does not eat because it is what his body wants, but because for him, it is a way to control his uncontrollable environment. He is scared of having a heart attack of his own, so he chooses “safe” foods and then continues to eat them over and over again until he is tired of them.
He had a few guests on his show who also ate the same way, only more severe. One woman had literally built her diet on eating potatoes in different forms, mostly as french fries. She was 55 years old, but looked much older. She was heavy, but especially carried a lot of extra weight in her stomach. It was clear to me, this way of eating has definitely taken a toll on her on her body.I want to share this story with you because I want all of you to take the time to look at your own eating habits. If you never have tried a green vegetable before try spinach, kale, or bok choy. If you have only eaten white bread or white rice, try whole grain bread or brown rice. By expanding the real wholesome foods in your diet, you are providing your body with the best kinds of nutrients.
Anderson said on the show, he hates that the body needs food. I am challenging all of you to embrace the fact that your body thrives on and more importantly NEEDS real, wholesome foods. Changing your diet is one the most life changing things you can do for better or worse. This year take the time to explore what you eat, what your body wants you to eat, and what your mind is telling you to eat.