Food Guilt: how to let Go
- JWB Post
- October 28, 2014
Food guilt. It creeps up in the most vulnerable of places. If you suffer from food guilt after festivals, you know it’s path all too well. All the time you are eating something, you’re calculating calories, point value, how many ingredients are in there that you “shouldn’t be eating” and the entire meal is ruined, the entire festival is gone!
The guilt manifests. It makes you do crazy things like obsess about calories, restrict food, even when you are dizzy from hunger. It makes you over eat, because you were already “bad”, so why not keep going. It makes you doubt your worth, your right to a healthy and satisfied body, and it makes you crave more and more.
Living with food guilt means you’re at battle with that which keeps you alive. It seeps into everyday activities, social outings, energy levels, and your ability to live a healthy and positive life.
You can have a life with guilt-free eating!
When you embrace intuitive eating you let go of the rules. Eating intuitively means you feed your body what it needs and is asking for and you stay in balance because of it. The food mood swings have no space to exist with intuitive eating. Cravings, desperation, impulse eating, are all the result of your not giving your body what it needs. The simple act of eating regularly, and choosing foods that nourish your body, eliminates the ‘round the clock battle of food guilt. When your body knows it will be fed, when it trusts you to take care of it, when your body is receiving the nutrients it needs, it has no need for drastic and desperate measures. Learning to eat intuitively, all of the energy that used to go into worrying about what to eat can be put to better use, like exercising, enjoying hobbies, playing with your children, and just enjoying life.
Remember, harboring negative feelings toward yourself about bad choices, can be worse than consuming the inferior food. Learn love yourself and forgive yourself.