Kevin Burciaga: Hey everyone. In today's video, I'm going to be talking about the six signs that you might have an eating disorder. Identify them now and you can save yourself years and frustrations and time. Before we begin and don't forget to hit the bell below so you never miss a video. I upload a new one every Wednesday. If you don't know who I am, my name is Kevin Burciaga and I show professionals and entrepreneurs how to overcome unhealthy eating habits and establish new ones so they can become the healthiest and most productive versions of themselves. Let's begin. By the end of this video, you'll know the six warning signs that you or somebody else might have an eating disorder. I'm very familiar with these warning signs because I had all of them at some point in my journey.
Kevin Burciaga: The first sign is it, you're always thinking about food. It is just this obsession. So when I had an eating disorder and I was orthorexic or bulimic or I was a binge eater, I was always thinking about what I was going to eat next or I was thinking about what I ate before and I was thinking about all the food that I ate or all the calories I ate. I was always thinking about my weight and my body image. Every time I passed a mirror I would look at my stomach or my chest or whatever. I was always thinking about it and I couldn't think about anything else. So there was a huge opportunity cost. I was either at school or at work and I would be thinking about it, and I could focus on what I need to focus on. I couldn't concentrate, wasn't performing too well. I somehow got through grad school. I don't know how I did it, but it was just this thought and obsession that took over my mind and it robbed me of all of the energy that I needed to focus on other tasks. So that's the first one. You're always thinking about it and it's just this daily obsession.
Kevin Burciaga: The second sign that you might have an eating disorder is that you are constantly tracking everything. Now I'm a big fan of tracking. I think it's actually a really helpful tool for establishing change and monitoring your progress, but you can take it too far, and that's exactly what I did. I remember when I was 20 years old I got a food scale and I remember thinking how cool it was to have a scale that could tell me exactly how much I was eating. So I could put a sweet potato on the scale or I can put a bowl of cereal on the scale and I knew exactly how much I was eating. It was this god send. It was a game changer because before then I really didn't know how much I was eating. Now I knew to the gram how much I was eating.
Kevin Burciaga: Well this is a really good tool. I'm not against weighing food all together, but I was weighing everything. I would weigh my vegetables, I would weigh my fruits, I would weigh my cereal. Even if it was like really low calorie stuff. And so I would spend 30 to 60 minutes everyday preparing my meals for the next day. I would have bags and I would have plastic containers and I had to weigh everything to the gram and it could just be 102 grams. It could only be 100 grams or something like that. I was super exact about it. And then when I was 22 years old, I got a body scale. A digital body scale, it was a Tanita. I still have a Tanita body scale, and I'm not against weighing yourself. It's fine. But I was weighing myself like once or twice a day. And remember if the scale went up, I was like, "Oh my God, it's the end of the world." Just because the number was a little higher.
Kevin Burciaga: All it was was a little extra fiber and some water from the day before. But I was just constantly tracking everything. My body weight and my food weight. And then I used apps online to calculate my macro nutrients. Now until then, I didn't know what a macro nutrient was. I knew about carbohydrates and proteins but I didn't know the word macro nutrients and so I would be like a stock trader who's constantly looking at the market and the prices. And I was constantly adjusting my macro nutrient profile. So maybe 66% carbs, now it's going to be 62% carbs. And so then I had to weigh my food again cause I had to eat a different amount of food. So that's the second sign. It's overzealous tracking of everything.
Kevin Burciaga: The third side that you might have an eating disorder is the creation of rules. This is one of my favorite ones. I had at one point a whole Bible of rules and procedures and rituals that I had to follow and if I didn't follow it, follow all of those rules exactly, I felt like a failure and then I thought I would gain a bunch of weight and I wouldn't be healthy. None of that was ever true. None of these rules ever made me eat any healthier. They only contributed to my obsession. They just took more energy and focus and than what they deserved.
Kevin Burciaga: But in any case, I had all of these rules that I had developed over time. The kinds of foods that I could eat. What kinds of foods I couldn't eat, the time of the day that I could eat, the quantities that I could eat, affected food that I could eat at restaurants and this and that. All of these rules I had to follow every day and following these rules everyday took a lot of my time and took a lot of my energy and took a lot of focus. It was my goal was to follow all the rules and to follow the plan to the tee. It was a complete waste of time and it never made me healthier.
Kevin Burciaga: So my first question for you is, have you ever intimidated or arguing exhibiting these kinds of behaviors? Are you thinking about food too much? Are you tracking everything maybe a little more than what you should? And do you have a long list of rules and rituals that you follow every day? Let me know in the comments below.
Kevin Burciaga: The fourth sign that you might have an eating disorder is outbreak. So when I was 20 or 21 years old, I was working at a whole foods market. That's when I became very interested in health and nutrition and diet, and macro nutrients and all that. And I remember I had the late shift so I would work from late afternoon all the way until 11 o'clock sometimes. Midnight. So I was all alone and they at whole foods, they liked to compost their food. They don't throw it away cause it's kind of a waste. And I would find that big pile of fruit that they couldn't sell anymore cause it had like one little bruise. Wholefoods has really strict standards. Which is a good thing. But I remember I would just eat one piece of fruit after another. I was like a fruit monster and I couldn't stop.
Kevin Burciaga: That was my first experience with binge eating. Fortunately I was eating a lot of fruit, so it didn't have a lot of calories, so it didn't have major consequences for me. But eventually I started binging on candy bars and nuts and energy bars and peanut butter. Peanut butter, that was my favorite? So it started with that and then it eventually progressed, but nobody ever saw it. That was the key. I always did it late at night when everybody had had gone home and I was the only one there. When I was at a restaurant or a party or a dozen people. I would always be like a little angel. And people would always comment, "Oh you're so healthy. Oh, all you eat is fruits and vegetables. I wish I could be like that".
Kevin Burciaga: Well that was never true because in secret I was eating awful. I would close the door so nobody could see it. Or I would do it in my car. I would go somewhere where I had privacy because I didn't want anybody to know about it. So that's the fourth sign. You're eating really well in front of other people, but then you're like a demon when you're alone.
Kevin Burciaga: The fifth sign is anxiety. So this one is related to the first sign. But when you have an eating disorder, you're always worried about your weight, your image, and what you're eating and if you eat one bite of a forbid food, it's like the end of the world. So one cookie or one bite of chocolate and you're like ... I had my calculator, was calculating the calories and the fat and "Oh, how was that going to change my macro nutrient profile?" You can't just enjoy food anymore. You can't enjoy a meal. Ye can't have one extra bite and just be like, "Oh that's okay." You're always worried about it.
Kevin Burciaga: And then of course I was stepping on the scale every day and then I was worried about my weight and I was always worried about what I ate previously and then after I finish a meal I would think, "Oh, that was too much and I should eat a little less next time." It was just this daily battle in my head and I was always worried about my health. I was always worried about my weight, never really had anything to worry about, but still I worried a lot when I had an eating disorder.
Kevin Burciaga: And the sixth and final sign that you might have an eating disorder is that you have a super regimented and diet. So when I was 20 years old, I eliminated red meat and eggs and pretty much everything. All that I was eating was some grains, some shrimp, fruits and vegetables. That was really my whole diet. Of course I didn't have any sugar. I didn't have any soda or anything fun. Basically there was no fun in my diet. And I had to eat it in the exact portions at the exact time and I had to be super strict about it. I wasn't strict about anything else in my life, but I was strict about this. It was the only place in my life were I had any semblance of self control or power in that. I guess that's part of the reason why I developed an eating disorder in the first place, but everything had to be so precise. I couldn't just be free. I always felt like I was in a prison. I couldn't go anywhere because I was afraid that I would miss my next meal.
Kevin Burciaga: I had a very strict schedule. And if I miss that schedule, I became very anxious and I was thinking, "Oh, what's going to happen if I miss one meal? Oh know. I'm gonna overeat later. Now I'm gaining weight and then I'll be obese. It was just this train of thought in my head, but I was super strict. It never made me healthier. It never made me stronger. I looked terrible. People told me that I still didn't listen. So that's the sixth and final sign. You have a very strict diet and you don't want to deviate from it.
Kevin Burciaga: So let's recap. What are the six signs that you might have an eating disorder? The first one is that you're always obsessed about food. You're always obsessed about your last meal, where you're going to eat next. You're always thinking about calories and your weight and macro nutrients. It's too much. The second sign is that you're tracking too much. You're overzealous, you're weighing all your food, you're weighing yourself, you're looking at nutrition labels all the fricking time. You're reading line by line the nutrition labels and you're looking for that one ingredient that could defile the food and so you can't eat that anymore.
Kevin Burciaga: The third one is the creation of all of these rules. You probably have a long list of food that you can never eat, and then you have this whole Bible of rules that you have to follow, and you had this really strict schedule. The fourth sign is outbreaks. So you eat really well in front of other people, but then you eat like a monster when you're alone. It's like you're two different people and there's two different brains in your head and you put on a show for other people, but then you eat what you really want when you're behind closed doors.
Kevin Burciaga: The fifth one is anxiety. You're always worried about your weight. You're always worried about the food you're eating and you're always looking at the ingredients. You're always worried that the worst is going to happen. And you're always worried about this, you're always worried about that. It takes over your mind. And the sixth and final sign that you might have an eating disorder is that you're super regimented. You have to eat the exact same foods at the exact same times in the exact portions that you think that you need, and you can't deviate at all, and you can't eat a bunch of food. In fact you can't eat most food out there because it has too much fat or too much sugar or whatever. So those are the six signs that you might have an eating disorder.
Kevin Burciaga: And if you're struggling with eating disorders or you show one of these behaviors, then I have good news for you because I have created a free web class just for you that you can find on my website, www.kevinburciaga.com, and I will show you the five mental shifts that I had to make to overcome my struggles with eating disorders. And if you want to join me on Facebook, you can do that too. I have a free group called the Empowered Eater, and you can join other professionals and entrepreneurs who have the same problems as you do, and you can find me there and I'll answer all of your questions. But if you're not on Facebook, you can also contact me directly. I've left the link to my calendar below and you can speak with me one on one for absolutely free.
Kevin Burciaga: So I hope you enjoyed this video. Don't forget to like the video, subscribe to my channel and leave a comment below. Tell me what you think about the video and tell me about your experiences. Tell me if you show any one of these signs. I look forward to your feedback. Thanks for listening and I'll see you next time.
Kevin Burciaga: If you haven't already, check out my first video on overcoming binge eating. Thanks for watching, see you next time.