Something that strikes me as I listen to people talking about eating, is the sheer indoctrination about dieting.
There’s this idea that to be slim we must avoid at all costs “bad” foods and replace them with so-called “good” foods.
There’s also an extremely frustrating idea that to lose weight successfully you must follow some kind of strict or overly complicated diet plan.
I really struggle with this kind of thinking.
On the one hand, I want people to be able to enjoy the pleasures of eating.
So I’d love to say, “You can have a piece of chocolate cake once in a while.”
But, on the other hand I know that for some that’s the very thing which will set them off on a bad bout of eating again.
This concerns me, because eating is supposed to be enjoyable!
I’d love to hear from you guys – how do you deal with these issues? Are you in favour of complete abstinence from any food that appears “bad,” or do you allow yourself to indulge once in a while?
I’m also wondering if guilt is a major factor for any of you?
For me, a piece of homemade chocolate gâteau or cheesecake now and then does the trick. And, I don’t feel guilty about it because I know it’s an occasional treat.
Is it like that for you?
Unfortunately, shame and guilt are two things many people have associated with food for years.
The fear of getting “fat” can actually be quite gripping.
And, when you do give in to having a treat, you can end up feeling utterly tortured because you think you’ve “blown it” once again.
Can you imagine what it would be like if food wasn’t the enemy, but rather something you have complete control over, and most of all something you enjoyed?
What would that look like for you? No more counting calories or avoiding parties, just in case!
Remember, none of us eat perfectly all of the time.
So, if you feel like you’ve slipped up, rather than entertaining thoughts of guilt, put it down to experience and move on.
Guilt doesn’t do any good, in fact it is more harmful than anything else.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you struggle to eat without guilt?