Food, glorious food. Glorious…and kinda stressful if you let it take over your emotions!
The truth is, so many of us tend to experience guilty feelings around food. We eat too many carbs…feel guilty! Indulge with our girlfriends while out for dinner…guilty! Eat ice cream when we’ve got PMS…GUILTY!
I can 100% relate to this feeling, but I’m trying really hard to stop.
Guilt is a wasteful feeling!
Guilt has to be the absolute worst feeling (tied with jealousy and regret).
Think about it…
Does feeling guilty reverse the fact that you ate the food? Does it somehow make you feel better? Does it teach you anything? Nope. It just steals your time, makes you feel miserable and gives food way too much power over your thoughts.
Sometimes our minds just need to be told to quieten down. Not all of our thoughts and feelings are useful, and some of them are downright annoying. When it comes to food, don’t let your mind get the better of you!
Why do we feel guilty?
When I feel guilty about food, I realize that those feelings are simply me beating myself up for no good reason! Those feelings come from a place that tells us that we need to “do better”. They tell us that if we indulge then we’ve failed.
Umm…those feelings can seriously just take a hike. They’re not accurate!
If most of the time you are making an effort to eat a nutritious, body-fueling diet, then get out there and enjoy all the foodie wonders of the world. Be strong with your inner voice and say to the guilt, “see ya later, don’t come back”.
Stand strong behind your own decisions
If you’re going to eat a “YOLO meal”, then do it wholeheartedly. Make the decision, then commit to it 100%. Eat it, enjoy it, forget about it, move on.
By the way, “YOLO meal” is my way of saying “cheat meal”. Cheating makes it sound like we’re doing something wrong…eating tasty food is far from being wrong!
If you can see yourself stressing out and feeling guilty, then don’t eat the treat. If you can foresee guilt…just avoid it! Save yourself from those wasted feelings and just stick to your regular plan.
One YOLO meal…or one indulgent weekend won’t ruin everything!
Hey. I know that it can feel a little disappointing when you think you’ve gone backwards or have “ruined” your great progress. That’s when we need to remind ourselves that a few treat meals or “fun” meals won’t ruin anything at all.
Give yourself that treat, or that day of treats, or that full-blown, fun, crazy weekend of abandon! Then simply get back on the healthy track on Monday. No harm done. Lots of fun and deliciousness had. Life lived!
Go ahead and give yourself permission to enjoy the foods you love! You know that you’re awesome at taking care of yourself and that your body is super nourished most of the time. And if our little friend guilt comes knocking at the door? Tell him to get lost.