At the height of her obsession with healthy eating, Deborah Copeland was only consuming green juices or smoothies in the mornings and salad at night. "I couldn't go out with friends," she said during a recent appearance on HuffPost Live. "I got so weak it was difficult to work, and after work I couldn't do anything."
Her breaking point came when, at Whole Foods, she burst into tears over the decision to add Swiss chard or kale to her smoothie, because she couldn't remember what the recipe called for. "It seemed so important to get it right," she said, "that kind of perfectionism."
She said her family had noticed her habits shifting years earlier at holiday meals, but that she had isolated herself in her orthorexia. Hear more from Copeland, including how she's doing now, in the clip above.
If you're struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorder Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237.