Once upon a time, a woman ate what she wanted and did not feel guilty. In a world inundated with diet culture and food shaming, the concept of eating without guilt seems almost world-shattering. In this episode, Jen talks about how we need to break the cycle of food shaming and how to tune into our bodies’ messages.

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Once upon a time, a woman ate what she wanted without feeling guilty. In a world inundated with diet culture and food shaming, the concept of eating without guilt seems almost revolutionary. But it shouldn’t be.

If we deviate from what we know is healthy and then guilt-trip ourselves, it’s more detrimental to our health than simply enjoying the food and getting back on track. Guilt changes blood chemistry faster to acidic levels than unhealthy foods, creating cravings for more “off-track” foods.

Is this a huge topic? Yes. So what do we do? How do we break this emotional cycle, or at least start to, so we can build on our wins? Let’s talk about how to overcome guilt and shame and get back on track with your eating, exercise, or whatever else you need.

Have you ever felt guilty or ashamed about what you eat? Maybe you’ve indulged in your favorite foods and then felt bad about it afterward. You’re not alone. Many of us have been there, trapped in a cycle of guilt and shame around food. But here’s the good news: you can break free from that cycle and get back on track with your eating in a healthy and balanced way.

Understanding Guilt and Shame

First things first, let’s talk about why we feel guilty or ashamed about our eating habits. It often stems from societal pressures and unrealistic expectations about what we should and shouldn’t eat. From a young age, we’re bombarded with messages about “good” and “bad” foods, and when we don’t stick to these rigid rules, we end up feeling like we’ve failed somehow.

As a naturopath, I understand which foods benefit our health and which can detract from it. However, many people don’t know this, which is why I transitioned from clinical practice to professional speaking and writing. I share core basics that, when followed 80% of the time, lead to flourishing health.

Breaking the Cycle

The key to getting back on track with your eating is to break free from the cycle of guilt and shame. Instead of beating yourself up over what you’ve eaten, try to adopt a more compassionate approach. Criticizing yourself won’t help – it’ll only make you feel worse and change your body chemistry negatively.

Start with the 80/20 rule: it’s not what you do 100% of the time that matters, but what you do 80% of the time. Be gentle with yourself.

Practicing Self-Compassion

One of the most important things you can do is to practice self-compassion. Treat yourself with kindness and understanding, especially when you’re struggling with your eating habits. Instead of criticizing yourself for slipping up, try to offer yourself the same love and support you would give a friend in the same situation.

If you find yourself halfway through a packet of Tim Tams, stop, notice, acknowledge that you’ve stopped, and put the packet away. This is better than the old thinking of, “Well, I’m halfway through, I may as well continue.”

Tuning into Your Body’s Signals

Another way to get back on track with your eating is to tune into your body’s signals of hunger and fullness. Instead of eating out of habit or emotion, try to eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re satisfied. Pay attention to how different foods make you feel and choose foods that nourish your body and make you feel good.

Seeking Support

Don’t be afraid to reach out for support if you’re struggling with your eating habits. I know from personal experience that shame can keep us from sharing our struggles. It takes courage to reach out, so I strive to create an atmosphere where it’s safe for anyone to seek help. We all need extra help and support sometimes. Talk to a friend, family member, or healthcare professional who can offer guidance and encouragement. Sometimes, just talking about your feelings can help you feel better and get back on track.

Celebrating Progress

Finally, celebrate every little win. Remember to celebrate your progress along the way. Changing your mindset and habits around food takes time and effort, so be proud of yourself for taking steps in the right direction. Whether it’s trying a new recipe, making a healthier choice, or simply being kinder to yourself, every little victory counts.

HEALTHY LIFE HACKS

The Healthy Life Hacks I want to share with you today are:

  1. Whether it’s trying a new recipe, making a healthier choice, or simply being kinder to yourself, every little victory counts.

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