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Not Feeling Guilty About Any Type Of Food

French toast

Guilt around food. It is everywhere. How many times do you hear about “oh I shouldn’t have eaten that”, “I am being so naughty!!”, “diet starts tomorrow”? I have heard it many times before and I have been the person who has said it many times before.

Whatever guilt someone has around food and what they eat is a toxic feeling. It is toxic for your mind, body and soul. Today I want to tackle the feeling of guilt around food in terms of it “not being healthy enough”. Fearing a food and feeling guilty about it from a health point of view, is worse for your health then whether you eat that said prohibited food with love and kindness and enjooooooy it.

I have learned over my journey with experiencing some orthorexic tendencies, that we have to eat intuitively what makes our bodies feel best, well and satisfied, as well as what makes us feel mentally and emotionally happy and free. We need to let go of labelling food and seeing it for what it is… food.

I went out to brunch recently, on a spur of the moment “lets get out of the city day”, and I realised something. As I perused the menu, my eyes locked on a french toast number and my  heart was like yes, this is the bad boy we fancy today. I then looked at the drinks menu and fancied a dandelion latte. Decision made and I was happy with it.

It got me thinking though and this is something I discussed with the J man afterward. Health scared nut Lozza, in the past, would have maybe wanted the french toast and latte in the moment and maybe that would have been chosen. But then all the way through, guilt and worry would be there about how it had “too much sugar in it” and there wasn’t “any vegetables”, yada yada yada and how that would affect my health. Old me would maybe have looked for which meal was the most nutritious and then chosen that even if I intuitively wanted something different. If I went for the french toast, I would have ordered a veggie juice to go with it so I got at least “some nutrients”. A light bulb went off in my head in the cafe, and I just felt so FREE and so HAPPY.

I ordered the french toast and a latte, because that is what I intuitively fancied, and it was GLORIOUS and SATISFYING.

I ate it without feeling guilty, I enjoyed every frigging mouthful with so much happiness and gratitude and I didn’t think about it afterwards at all. I felt wonderful all day afterwards.

Had I felt guilty about it all and worried about it, how would it have affected me? I probably would have been bloated, got a headache, felt anxious, not enjoyed the rest of my day etc. Can you see how important the affect of the mind is on the body? It is massive! Do not let your mind bully your body. Listen to your body and trussssst her.

We need to learn to listen to what satisfies our mind, body and soul without an ounce of guilt. We need to let go of food labels and black and white thinking around food. What makes your mind, body and soul happy? Not restriction, that is for sure.

We can live healthy lives where we eat intuitively for our bodies needs, without guilt and without thinking about it too much. It is absolutely possible.

It is nice to feel free around food. Food is nourishment and that is nourishment both for our bodies, minds and our souls.

No questions, just thoughts. 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Melissa

    I have also just recently figured out this balance better for myself. I’m currently living out a hotel (and have been for over a month) and don’t have a kitchen. At first, I was feeling horrible about how I was eating, because when cheese burgers and fries are an option, you better believe I choose them over a salad most the time 😉 I had to remind myself that indulgence is okay and that my diet won’t be like this forever. Even when it goes back to normal, sometimes I feel bad for treating myself to a coffee. But I got a coffee this morning and said, nope – I’m gonna enjoy the crap out of it and not feel like I can’t have this!

    June 14, 2016 at 9:42 am
    • Reply thebrightfulllife

      Ah living out of a hotel must be tough – transition phases are always the trickiest to navigate. Indulgence is absolutely ok and your happy balance will come back in time when things are more settled. This phase won’t last forever 🙂
      I am glad you enjoyed the crap out of it – guilt is no good for any of us with food!

      June 14, 2016 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Meghan @ Sundaes for the Soul

    I loved this post. I totally understand what you mean when you talk about wanting to order something intuitively but then ordering something else that feels “safer” or “healthier”. I’m trying to get out of that habit as well! It’s interesting how you mentioned your digestion was good- I think that just goes to show how our bodies know what we need to be able to function optimally. So glad I found your page!

    June 15, 2016 at 7:54 am
    • Reply thebrightfulllife

      Hi Meghan, thank you for stopping by and thanks for the love. It is so interesting isn’t it. I really think our mindsets play a big part in how well we digest a particular meal or food!

      June 15, 2016 at 8:31 am

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