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Guilt and Shame

Saturday, March 08, 2014

I hate the terms "guiltless" and "sinless" when it comes to healthy living. One thing that has really helped my mom on her weight loss journey since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is that "nothing is off-limits." The cool thing about diabetes (you'll see where I'm going with this) is that you get feedback on what you ate based on your numbers for that day. So while some foods may be better than others, none are off limits. If you keep up with your numbers, you have the feedback to know which is which.

I don't think I ever feel guilt when I eat. Do you? I might sometimes think, "Oh I shouln't have!" but it's never guilt or shame. I don't think "guiltless" or "sinless" needs to be in the health dictionary. It appears there's more "guiltless" than "sinless" on SparkPeople, given my quick search on their site.

When we do something that might not be our best interest, let's just pick up where we left off and move forward from there, shall we?

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  • v KMW987
    At first, and it took a while to overcome, I would feel guilty about eating certain things. What really helped me is the tracker and actually measuring and following portions (I guess similar tools to the feedback your mom had). Actually seeing the numbers helped to put things in perspective. I used to really get worked up and stress all week if I had a treat one day. Then I realized that I was still loosing weight even though I had that sliver of birthday cake or whatever that week. As long as it is in moderation and not a habit.
    Now I am just more conscious of what I eat in general, which allows me more room to splurge a bit here and there. And also knowing that a small piece is enough to satisfy my cravings, and that I don't need to eat like 1/2 of a cake helps a lot too!

    I completely agree with you, if we slip, we don't have to completely fall off the wagon. Just pick ourselves back up and keep working towards the big goal!

    840 days ago
    Really good thoughts...I agree...I don't ever really feel guilt about eating something...I might feel disappointed that I don't have the self control I should have or that I shouldn't have binged in general...but I don't feel guilt, it's my choice and feeling guilty over it will just make me feel worse about creating guiltless food isn't really of any benefit...if you have a binge, honestly you aren't going to be creating healthy food to binge on....if you can make the conscious choice to eat the right foods, why would you need any guiltless choices....but then again, those were just my thoughts....

    Great blog as always!
    840 days ago
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