Let’s talk FOOD GUILT
We all deal with it & it sucks!
I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum: extreme bouts of deprivation & starvation in the lows of my anorexia & devouring tons of food in short time periods without even realizing & feeling like complete & utter crap post-binge.
Wherever your food guilt stems from, I want you to know that you’re not alone.
The issue stems from a society that teaches to see food as a treat or reward & not as a way to fuel, nourish, energize + take care of our body & mind. When we don’t “treat” ourselves or we do “too much”, we’re taught to see it as DEPRIVATION or OVER-INDULGENCE, hence why we become overly self-critical & why others criticize us for food choices.
When I learned to eat intuitively + stopped labelling food as good or bad, acceptable or unacceptable + treats or rewards, that’s when my food guilt went away. Not only that, but I don’t even crave food that used to make me feel guilty anymore because it’s no longer part of how I choose to nourish my body. Not because I’m starving myself or I’m scared it’ll make me gain weight but because it doesn’t make me feel good & to me, that matters most. Food should make you feel good before anything!
By living healthier, I taught my body to love the foods that make it thrive! Every now & then, I eat things that don’t make me feel as good but, reality is I don’t even crave it & I’m hardly ever around it because we keep the house so healthy!
When I do, I don’t feel guilty because unlike in the past, I know it won’t trigger a binge + restrict cycle since I healed my relationship with food & my body. That’s what it’s all about: healing yourself THROUGH nutrition, seeing the value it adds to your life & the power it has to reverse so many conditions VS. letting food be the vehicle that forces you to NEED healing.
My best advice is when you deal with food guilt, don’t dwell on it. Don’t think about why you shouldn’t have eaten or how bloated you feel; the stress will only make things worse. Acknowledge it happened. If it’s emotional, try to understand + work through it, move on + continue on your journey! Nobody’s perfect 100% of the time.