Sometimes I'll read something that causes my orthorexia to flare. I'll catch myself worrying about fructose or PUFAs or something stupid, just for a bit. It helps me to remember that the poison is in the dose. It's not all or nothing, even with the unhealthiest of foods. The dose matters. You don't eat a Twinkie and sprout a giant cancerous growth and need to go to the emergency room that night. It's all about the big picture of your lifestyle over time. A diet based entirely around high-fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil is probably not very healthy, but there is zero need to freak out about putting honey (fructose!) in my Greek yogurt, or eating natural peanut butter (PUFAs!) on an apple, or putting honey and peanut butter together on BREAD for that matter.
The guilt, stress and paralyzing anxiety associated with eating "perfectly" healthy is far more hazardous to your health than pasta or sweets. Ironic, right?
On Gillian Riley's (or anyone's) kooky nutrition advice:
Dang, I wish Gillian would quit reading and promoting fad diet books. This one is sneaky paleo. "Calorie counting is a myth. Just cut out all grains, beans, dairy, sugar, and starch (uh, reduce your food intake?) and fat loss will be effortless!"
The important thing to note is that it's not an either/or between sugar puffs and kale, or between eating food you enjoy and achieving fat loss. How do you feel when you eat a bowl of sugar puffs versus when you eat a more balanced and nutritious meal? Are you energized? Clear-headed? Satisfied? Able to get on with your day? Or do you crash and want more sugar? Sometimes the sugar puffs are worth it, sometimes they're not. And you don't have to eat them alone. What if you mix them with a higher fiber cereal and some berries and you have greek yogurt on the side? Or a protein shake? Or nuts? Or eggs? Or you have them as a bedtime snack?
I don't think it's about an addicted mindset, or even fat loss. It's about how you want to feel. If you eat to feel good (before, during, and especially after the meal), you're going to find a nice balance. It's far easier to add and enjoy more whole foods, if you're not being called an addict and having your sugar puffs taken away right off the bat.