Maintenance Lesson #1: Guilt over eating is a surefire sign that something's amiss
Friday, January 11, 2013
There are no foods that I've permanently foresworn. Red-light foods, yes; banned foods, no. I can be ok eating extraordinarily high caloric foods without a shred of guilt, when I'm deliberately deciding to indulge and mindfully enjoying the food. When I feel guilty for eating, it's almost assuredly a sign that I'm eating for the wrong reasons.
- "Other people are eating. I will, too."
- 'Clean Plate Club'
- To satisfy food pushers
- Emotional eating
- Scarfing down food without really tasting it, often in conjunction with shifting my attention somewhere else besides the food (more often than not, done deliberately)
[subset of emotional eating: self-induced trance state]
- "It tastes so good. I want more." (often, not even really tasting it -- just thinking about how much more I want ... to not really taste)
- Punishment for overeating (i.e. "I'll make myself feel even guiltier, because I'm having trouble forgiving myself for overeating.")
Lesson: Stop eating! Pay attention to the message behind the guilt.