I can't agree that there's no such thing as a "bad" food. Of course there is! Anything that's rotten, spoiled, has no nutritional value, tastes disgusting, has ingredients that make people sick (like trans fat type stuff) etc.
I don't feel guilty about food. Sometimes I feel stupid though. Like "what an idiot I was to eat that."
I think the idea behind guilt is that we set goals, like to stay in our calorie range, and then sometimes we royally screw up the goals, by going way over the calorie range by eating something that's calorie dense -- but that guilt isn't about the food so much as not meeting the goal. If you could set a goal to eat no more than 5000 calories/day, would you still feel guilty for eating death by chocolate? Probably not. Or maybe, but I certainly wouldn't.
3/3/13 3:01 P
I do NOT feel guilt about food and don't think I ever have. I do sometimes feel chagrined if I eat too much or eat something (say, at a restaurant) and later find out just how many calories it contained as I would have adjusted for that if I'd had the info earlier.
I have noticed that despite SP's talk about no good or bad foods, many of the articles and Spark Blogs continue to use terms such as 'guilt' and 'guilty' which I find completely inappropriate.
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3/3/13 2:13 P
I don't usually feel 'guilty' - I just move on & try to do better.
When I eat something that is just empty calories and I devour it ... instead of 'just having a taste' ... I FEEL GUILTY. I feel like I've let myself down. A taste is 3 or 4 bites....but when I keep going until it's all gone, it leaves me wanting more, and the binge cycle kicks in.
Everyone has their own demons...I'm not sure I want to ditch food guilt in many ways it keeps me from going over the edge
3/3/13 7:26 A
Lots of great answers and strategies.
I think self-imposed guilt is one way to defeat yourself, personally. I may have made less than ideal choices some days - but beating myself up over them is counter-productive
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5,855 3/1/13 11:02 A
I am not a believer in personal guilt. I simply kick myself in the butt, try to learn from it and move on.
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3/1/13 11:00 A
As long as I stay under my calorie intake and feel well I don't stress about it.
3/1/13 10:48 A
I have done well ditching food guilt. I eat in moderation and no one will tell me, that for me that is not a good action. Maybe it doesn't work for someone else, but it works for me.
The scale is a different story. It still has power over me. Wish I could conquer that.
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2,116 3/1/13 10:34 A
I have moved from good vs. bad to healthy vs. less healthy. I use to eat something and then feel bad about it and let it ruin my day if I ate stuff I thought I shouldn't have. So my new system makes me feel less bad about any food as it is just on a healthy scale rather than a good/bad scale. Any food is technically OK but some foods just make me feel better internally and move me forward more in my health journey. This way I can eat some of the less healthy things with the understanding that they won't kill me but they won't help me either. A small thing but much less guilt.
3/1/13 10:21 A
Labeling good vs bad foods has to do with those of us who are trying to lose weight.
3/1/13 10:17 A
I totally agree. There is no "good" food and no "bad" food. The idea is everything in moderation and balance. There is no reason you cannot eat anything you want if you include it in your plan for the day and don't have more "treats" on your plate than the foods that are considered vital for a healthy diet.
I think it's more about the choices about the food that I make than the food itself. I don't feel guilty eating ONE serving of peanut butter m&m's...One huge bag, though? Of course I'm going to feel guilty about that. (I haven't done that in a long time. That's just an example.) Food is neither bad nor good. It is healthy or unhealthy. Everything in moderation, though. If I tell myself that I can't have something, and then I eat it anyway-then I feel guilty. Again-it's the choice itself that causes the guilt and not the food.
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3/1/13 7:24 A
I totallly agree with you! I know for me the guilt is due to labelling "good" versus "bad" foods....which I have been working on consistently by just including a portion into my daily food plan - then the calories are accounted for and it is my choice to eat or not to eat the so called "bad food"
Why do we feel guilty about food? Why can't we just accept that we've made the choice to have whatever it is, and include it in our menu?
Quote from article: It’s food.
Not a matter of personal virtue.
Why give your power away to a piece of cheesecake? Or your scale, for that matter?
Some foods have more nutrients than others. Some foods that make you feel well and foods that make you feel poorly. Honestly, that’s a different conversation. It’s wise to eat in a way that fuels us and give us the energy to enjoy life.
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