Monday, February 13, 2012

Give Up The Guilt

Why are we constantly feeling so guilty about what we eat?  Instead of choosing that apple, maybe you chose the 3 points+ chocolate mini candy bar.  Didn't have a vegetable with dinner, but an extra helping of pasta?  Sure, all the points+ are covered with your daily or weekly allowance, but there is still that guilt built in.  Sometimes the guilt leads to more eating because the day is already ruined.  Of course that sometimes can lead to the week being ruined and the poor choices continue on.  So, what's the big deal?

The big deal is that we should NEVER feel guilty about food.  There is no shame in eating.  Yes, eating is to fuel our body and provide energy for us to keep ourselves going, but it is also something many people find joy in.  The hard part is knowing how to get that joy.  It's time to close the freezer door and stop eating out of the ice cream container!  Why not pick out a pretty bowl, a fancy cloth napkin, and a pretty spoon.  Make having your treat beautiful.  Sit down and enjoy it.  Perhaps even turn off the TV and just let yourself take in all the flavor notes and the beauty of your food.  Eat slow and enjoy it.

I am a very big believer in the Weight Watchers Points+ Plan.  It will work if you work it.  I also believe that depriving yourself of anything will eventually lead to a binge on that food or something similar.  Plain and simple...have what you want, write it down, record your points, and continue your day.  WW is about moderation.  Ok, picking an apple over a bowl of ice cream is probably the better choice, but the truth is, we can't always make that decision.  So, let yourself live.  No guilt.  No shame.  These are your choices.  Own them.

I am promising myself this time around that I will not feel guilty about the food I am consuming.  I will try my best to make the healthiest choices, but when I don't, I will not hang my head low.  I will not give up on myself because of a cookie here or there or a larger serving than I should have had.  I am going to believe in myself.  I am going to live a life I enjoy, while taking care of myself.  I will not let food have control over who I am, what I do, where I go, or what I become.

1 comment:

One Chicks Journey On Weight Watchers said...

Great post! Never deprive yourself from something I have always said this. I have also noticed when ppl do do this they fail :( sad but true. This is a life change not a diet so why would you deprive yourself?