Feeling Guilty After You Eat? Try This.by Elise Museles
Why do food and guilt go hand in hand?
Does this sound familiar…
I feel GUILTY when:
- Indulging in unhealthy foods
- Eating when I’m not really hungry
- Making poor food choices
- Indulging in comfort foods
- Munching on sweets
- Looking in the mirror
And that guilt you feel?
It puts your entire life on hold. Not to mention that it serves no useful or forward moving purpose.
Guilt saps every ounce of energy you have. It drops you into an endless array of stress and pressure. It forces you into a constant battle between your body and your mind.
The minute you introduce guilt into your world, your inner critic becomes the loudest voice in the room. Suddenly, your mind turns into an evil villain – spouting harsh judgments that you instantly start to believe.
Here’s what I know:
- Paying attention to your inner critic won’t help you lose weight.
- Hating your body isn’t going to get you any closer to looking like a million bucks.
- Always thinking “I should” do something will lead to nothing but stress and disappointment.
Are you ready to take the power away from the voices in your head and put it back in your body?
Here’s how: you need to show your body some respect by learning to listen to it.
Your body is smart. It has a lot to tell you … if you really tune in.
But going through life at warp speed and focusing on your never-ending to-do list, pushing and pushing to get everything done … will never rid you of guilt. Why? Because you’re too busy being a human doing rather than a human being, which prevents you from tuning in…and keeps you from making choices that are in alignment with what your body really needs.
Think about it. If you’re in go-go-go mode:
How can you really know if you’re hungry?
How do you notice the signals that you’re full or satiated?
How do you understand what your cravings really mean?
How do you experience a pleasurable meal and savor all the goodness?
How do you take in all the sensations when you barely have time to chew?
What’s the result of not listening to your body? Oftentimes, a big old serving of guilt.
Your ultimate goal is to find ways to slow down so that you can be more intentional and mindful to create the space to listen to your body.
Instead of eating your meal mindlessly while standing up, try sitting down and noticing the smells, the flavors, the tastes and textures.
Instead of beating yourself up for wanting the chocolate chip cookie, try paying attention to why you might be having cravings.
Instead of assuming that you need to finish your plate and then feeling uncomfortably full, try putting down your fork and checking in with yourself mid-meal.
When you tune into the wisdom of your body and allow your actions to follow suit, you’re much more likely to make guilt-free choices with food… and beyond.
Your Turn! In the comments below, share ONE way that you can start listening to your body so that you can stop feeling guilty after you eat.