6 Ways to Get Rid of Food Guilt
Christy R. Hall
Using the power of food, tapping, hypnosis and Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) to win the war on weight and emotional eating.
Stop the inner critic and have compassion. Recognize that you are human. Accept that you’re not perfect.You’re not going to be able to get it 100% right, 100% of the time. ~The Universe
Look around at the successful people you know or read about. Knowing what you know of them, what made them successful? Of course, the reasons for success are varied and complex but one of the foundational reasons for success is motivation.
If you are not motivated, your goals and aspirations will suffer, as you watch your dreams begin to crumble one after another. Soon, you’ll be feeling disillusioned and dissatisfied, wondering why everyone else gets “the good stuff.”
There are lots of reasons we choose to chase a certain dream or goal: praise, support, health, or even money (you know you can get PAID to be healthy, yes?) But, if you’re determined to maintain your health and wellness goals, your reasons must go beyond these surface motivations. If we fail to gain fulfillment while working towards or goals, then the praise, or support, or even health outcomes may not be enough for us to sustain our efforts over the long haul.
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So here are 5 tips to get rid of food guilt
- Learn to recognize it. food guilt follows a typical cycle. Set a hard-to-reach goal. Get started. Get tired/frustrated/overwhelmed – say “eff it.” Eat what you want. Feel guilty. It starts with your mindset. Feeling denied and deprived (and sorry for yourself.) Then on to finding that tempting food. It ends with guilt and remorse.
- Accept that you’re not perfect. You’re not going to be able to get it 100% rright, 100% of the time. Just because you slip up doesn’t mean that you have to go whole-hog, throw in the towel and try again next week. Sure, your decision may not be in alignment with your goals, sometimes by choice and sometimes #becauseLife. Get back on the horse.
- Lean in to your balance. And I don’t mean headstands. See if you can find a place where you aren’t in total deprivation/restriction mode and are still able to make progress. That sweet spot will make everything so much easier to maintain over the long-haul. The 80/20 rule might work for you. But be ready to tweak it if it doesn’t.
- Get some other coping skills. One of the biggest challenges for folks happens when they overeat. The feelings of shame and guilt can spiral out of control and lead them to give up, and give in. If you know that work stress sends you running for ice cream, then consider not buying it. Or consider a healthier replacement.
- Have compassion. Stop the inner critic and have compassion. Recognize that you are human and faltering on a way of eating is not the end of the world – and it doesn’t make you a bad person. Move on. Commit to doing better next time and trying to avoid the stumbling blocks that lead you to eat emotionally.
- Keep a food diary. When we eat when we shouldn’t, sometimes fear takes over, but math can help. Before you start panicking about what you ate – do the math and realize it won’t affect you long-term, and you can still #gainhealthLoseweight..
Many people feel ashamed about their weight and shape, so guilt is part of their lives. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Take steps to eliminate the guilt and you’ll see your self-esteem soar.