For some people, there are a lot of feelings and associations around food. More than ever, people are becoming more conscious about what they are putting into their bodies.
Generally, we have a pretty good idea of which foods are healthy and what are less healthy options. So, if you’re feeling guilty over a food choice like eating that piece of birthday cake in the office, take a breath and remember this:
Food has no moral value.
You’ve never seen a chocolate bar or a banana rob a bank. Food, quite simply, is food. When we feel guilty about food, this can trigger the “well I’m off the wagon anyway” mindset and lead to eating more than intended.
Healthy eating is consuming a wide variety of foods from all food groups in moderation. It isn’t about cutting out entire food groups, counting calories and macronutrients or starving the body of the nourishment it needs.
It can be tricky to change the mindset and habits of a lifetime, however if we change the way we think and talk about food, maybe we can make the world a happier place, one day at a time.