Food is the necessary fuel we need to survive, but it can be so much more than that. We often connect it to emotions—some foods make us happy while others cause guilt. If you’re tired of feeling guilty and ashamed around certain foods and want to stop them from causing you negative emotions, here are some tips.
Notice Your “Shoulds”
When you tell yourself you should or shouldn’t eat something and then do the opposite, guilt will automatically follow. Think about why you think you should or shouldn’t eat certain foods and question the sources of your beliefs. Learn how to listen to your body’s needs.
Many people experience guilt after eating a bunch of snacks and empty calories as they watch TV in the evenings. If that’s the case with you, mindful eating might be the right approach. Avoid mindless snacking whenever possible and set aside time to enjoy your food without screens.
Be Gentle with Yourself
Many of us tend to be too harsh with ourselves. Try tuning your inner monolog to mimic the way you’d talk to a child or a dear friend. Don’t guilt yourself into eating or not eating something and don’t tell yourself you’re a bad person just because you didn’t eat enough vegetables or you had your favorite guilty pleasure food for dinner.