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.