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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.
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    Very good and interesting point. Thank you for sharing.
    1866 days ago
    Brillliant! and absolutely key to maintaining! I do NOT feel guilty when, about once a year, I have French fries!! And: I enjoy every one of 'em. But then that's it.
    1895 days ago
    Excellent point....guilt should not be a result of eating. And when it is, note!
    1895 days ago
    points well taken!
    1896 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    Great perception. Stay strong!
    1896 days ago
    I don't know what to say. I tend to restrict, not overeat. I find myself thinking these things when I shouldn't. I mean that I think things like that when it's my first meal of the day and it's dinner time. I think these things when I eat a normal size meal. I think that I'm overeating when I'm eating a normal size meal. I feel like I'm eating too much when I'm not eating enough. I suppose it doesn't make any sense.
    1896 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/11/2013 4:12:46 PM
  • DISP715
    This is a fantastic message. Thanks for putting it out there. I have probably hit every item on the list. It's like driving home from work and not remembering if you stopped at the red lights. We go through life "unconscious" and miss so much. Food is pretty much handled the same way. So you are 100% right, pay attention and everything will be clear. HUGS!!
    1896 days ago
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