Earlier this week I read this blog post by the wonderful Laura from Wholeheartedly Healthy. I’ve followed her blog for years and her posts always really strike a chord with me. However yesterday’s post made me feel a particularly large burst of super awesome emotions!
Her post talked about simple mindset shifts for a healthier, happier you. There are many amazing tips in Laura’s post for doing this, but the one that I most loved was the reminder to remember that food isn’t morality. What you eat does not affect your personality, your morals, or anything about you other than the energy you’ll have.
I used to feel such negative emotions about myself when I ate, especially when it was a larger volume of food or something less healthy. I would feel like a failure, like a slob, like I didn’t deserve to be on earth. Looking back those seem quite strong statements, but at the time it felt so accurate, and I’m sure we can all relate to feeling negative about ourselves after eating certain foods.
Yet when I read Laura’s post I realised I couldn’t remember the last time I felt like that. I didn’t identify with that association between foods and myself. Sure, I still feel guilty sometimes if I over eat but I don’t let that reflect on how I see myself. I couldn’t believe it!
That, to me, was a true sign of recovery: the realisation that if I eat a chocolate bar that doesn’t make me a bad person. If I eat an apple that doest make me a good person.
And that is just the best feeling. And if you’re sat there thinking of course what I eat defines who I am then I beg you to go and speak to someone about the thoughts you’re having! You and your life are worth so much more than those negative feelings. Life is so much better and carefree when you no longer think like that, you have space to life the life you were meant to live.
How do you overcome guilty feelings about food?