Banish Food Guilt For Good

Food guilt can take the fun out of your health and fitness. Learn how to recognise it and move on!

If you are one of many who are susceptible to self-criticism often just one mistake can ruin your day and your motivation, none more so than food-induced guilt!

Agonising over food choices and punishing yourself emotionally for giving in is very common. Food guilt in itself is an unhealthy obsession. If this sounds like you, there is a way out. When guilt begins try one of these 4 approaches to take back control.

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1 ACCEPT YOUR MISSTEPS AND MOVE ON FROM THEM

Specific diet plans can be a trigger, you follow the plan to a T. Then go out with friends one night and it feels like all of the effort has been undone because you went off-piste!

It’s going to be okay.

Life happens. One dietary mistake doesn’t mean you’re a failure, nor is it a green light for binge-eating. You can’t change the past. Obsessing isn’t going to do anything except make you more and more anxious so understand that it makes a miniscule impact on things in the long run and keep moving.

2 ACCEPT THAT PERFECTIONISM ISN’T REALISTIC

Nobody is perfect. I always say it, we don’t live like monks, we can’t, everyone from fitness professionals to models make ‘mistakes’ and drop off their program. They’d be lying if they told you anything else.

The idea of a perfect diet—or perfect anything, for that matter—is about as realistic as capturing a unicorn – something my daughter constantly obsesses over too. We all slip up; that’s what makes us human. Life is about enjoyment, not being prisoners of our diets so be kind and learn to forgive yourself.

 “Hey, I’m just a normal human being,” there’s no room for guilt.

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3 MINDFULLY LOOK AT YOUR SITUATION

We can get caught up in the present moment of a misstep and feel the fitness apocalypse has arrived. Ask yourself, “Does this deserve an ounce of my energy in the grand scheme of things?”

The story in our mind can end up a lot worse than the reality of our situation. Always keep the big picture in mind. Think about whether that slice of cake or that one G&T is going to demolish all of your efforts and your fitness goals in the long term.  We always push the fact it’s about a sustainable lifestyle shift, if you maintain consistent and healthy daily nutritional habits, a few mistakes here and there won’t kill you.

4 TO INDULGE OR NOT TO INDULGE—THAT IS THE QUESTION.

ANSWER IT QUICKLY

Healthy eating is eating in a way that is fun, enjoyable, supports your health and fitness goals and allows you to enjoy life. Remember that being healthy is about finding joy and balance in the things you do and eat.

At the risk of sounding cheesy, life is really too short to walk around with shame and regret for putting life-sustaining food into your body. Forgive yourself and move on.

You Can Do This!