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Food And Guilt

Monday, July 08, 2013

Food is fuel. I eat to live. Not live to eat. There is no "good", "bad", "reward", or "treat" involved - there is simply food.

A healthy lifestyle is about moderation, not deprivation.

Since I want to get the most mileage I can - I am mindful of the selection I make when I fuel-up.

Understand, I take great pleasure in eating and enjoy my food. I am trying my hardest every meal to be mindful of what I am eating so that I am not just shoveling it in and participating in "Emotional Eating".

When I finish my meal or snack, the names of the foods and the amounts get entered into the Nutrition Tracker. That is how I stay accountable to myself.

If using a digital kitchen scale and measuring spoons to portion out my food and then entering it into the Nutrition Tracker or a Food Journal the rest of my life is what I have to do to continue, then I am absolutely, positively fine with that!

Do you have Food and Guilt? What kinds of things are you doing to break the "Food and Guilt" association?
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    Great blog!
    1145 days ago
  • v SISSIE21
    I have 'food and guilt' when I eat to manage my emotions. While that doesn't happen as often since being on SP, in times of great stress or sadness, I do sometimes turn to my well known comforter-food. The difference now is that it is less and a binge is way shorter. Afterwards, I talk to myself in a positive way so I won't drown in feelings of guilt and shame, and then pick myself back up and get right back on the SP train. emoticon emoticon
    1146 days ago
    Good plan! I'm at least more aware now of self talk, and saying more and more, that just wasn't worth it!
    1147 days ago
  • v KAYDE53
    True! I am slowly learning this lesson!
    1147 days ago
  • v GRAMMY7070
    So very true. I need to learn to be better at measuring and weighing my food and watching my portions better
    1147 days ago
    I rarely have guilt - where I emotionally feel bad. I just physically feel bad if I eat junk.
    1147 days ago
  • v CAT609
    Yep, I definitely do. I am working on controlling what I put into my mouth!
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    1147 days ago
    I completely relate to the moderation not deprivation attitude. But when you have to weigh and measure and count everything, as I do too to stay accountable, it certainly makes you think twice about your choices. Yes, I can have that piece of cake that I want to eat, but do I really want to eat that when there are so many more choices that will satisfy me as well, that will give me more nutrition and will still leave me room for more food???? I know I will have to do this forever, but if it is planned for, counted and acknowledge it is real life and that is what works for me.!! emoticon
    1147 days ago
    Great post. I eat to live too. Not live to eat. Balance and moderation is a key.
    1147 days ago
    I agree 100%. The only way to get to emoticon for me is thru moderation, tracking and emoticon . I know those are things I will have to do for the rest of my life in order to get and stay healthy. Great blog!
    1147 days ago
  • v KITT52
    I plan my meals and include my favorite foods...but watch portions
    1147 days ago
  • v SHERIO5
    I rebelled against the idea of having to be constantly aware of calories and portion size once I lost the weight. That was not a good choice! I'm working my way back to moderation, and have started by tracking everything, and some experiments, and soul searching...and researching!

    Time to put it all together! Your blogs are welcome reminders! emoticon
    1147 days ago
    Great reminder. I also live by the "everything in moderation" rule. If it get to restrictive, I go off the deep end.

    Always good to be mindful and start over if you go overboard!

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    1147 days ago
    All things in moderation. I grew up in a household that food was considered a reward and there were 'bad' foods. A lifetime of viewing food that way is a very hard habit to break. It's only been within the past two years that I've worked towards not viewing food as 'good' or 'bad'. Surprisingly, that is when my weight started to stay off. Thanks for the post. It's a great reminder that everyone needs to keep in mind! emoticon
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  • v BLUENOSE63
    How very true! I don't have any "bad" foods yet I do have certain trigger foods that I have learned to eat in moderation!
    1147 days ago
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