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Guilty until Proven Innocent

Sunday, July 07, 2013

When I'm trying to eat right and lose weight, and know that I have goals to reach, I feel guilty when I have a snack to eat that I know is not healthy. Even if it's in moderation, and not every day, I feel bad for eating it. I know that nothing should be "forbidden" because then I will struggle that much more with cravings, so I should just eat things on occasion and even then, just a little bit. For example, I had ice cream from Sonic a few days ago, but just ordered the "mini" size. But then I just felt like a fat slob. emoticon

Do you ever struggle with feelings of guilt, even when you occasionally eat small portions of a treat? How do you combat the feelings of negativity?
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    I totally get where you are coming from . I love dough ,dr pepper and fries , so far ive been eating well but you get those cravings and its normal . the guilty i hate it , I've felt it many times but after a while you become okay with it , you find substitutes.
    If I drink a soda , I cant that as a snack , french fries ive found that I like the taste of sweet potato fries and when I have moments at fast foods, I try to get the smallest size of my craving and just add that into my calorie count.
    So i say great job on the mini version and no your not a fat slob , I would save staying away from your cravings does more damage on your healthy journey than good. I know from past experience . emoticon emoticon emoticon its okay to have a craving food emoticon
    2863 days ago
  • 2013_ISNOW
    Everyone here has made valuable points -- it's not about depriving yourself of whatever sweet treats may come along (though, certainly, some should be avoided simply due to the amount of sugar in them), but about knowing when to say, "I've had enough."

    It's not a bad idea to keep perspective at the forefront -- you're not a fat slob. By ordering the mini, you kept in mind that enjoying a treat isn't forbidden, but portioning how much of it you eat is important.

    You're fabulous.
    2864 days ago
  • no profile photo MSGO72
    MYYEAR13, fortunately I have never struggled with this particular issue. I just know that my diet will include a myriad of foods so guilt never facts into the picture. I try to practice balance because I know that will ultimately lead to lasting success. Hang in there!

    2864 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13988259
    I know what you are going through. Today my DH decided he wanted cake and ice cream so he went to the store, bought some cake mix and ice cream and came home and made cake. After dinner, I ate a piece of cake. I agree with TLG that you need to keep everything in perspective. Before I started trying to get healthy, I would've eaten a bigger piece of cake, some ice cream and probably a piece of the pie he bought as well. I'm happy with my choices. I enjoyed the cake. I shouldn't feel guilty for that because all weekend I've eaten healthy even though there have been sweets all around me with the Fourth of July cookouts and friends being around so often. Don't be hard on yourself. Enjoy those little treats when you get them and keep on keeping on. You can do it.
    2864 days ago
    TLG71567 speaks words of wisdom. Enjoy your treat. Savor it if and when you have made room for it in your diet. Could you have eaten something healthier? Sure, but that is somewhat beside the point. I don't eat just for nourishment. You probably don't either. Food would become depressing to me real fast if I did. I will eat my chocolate or frosty fruit on a regular basis, and I will still consider my diet to be fairly healthy.

    Don't feel bad about having your treats! emoticon emoticon
    2865 days ago
  • TLG71567
    One thing that really helped me with this was changing my thinking from, "I am trying to lose weight," to "I am trying to get healthy." This change freed me from the feeling that I had to lose weight every week and from feeling like a failure if I did eat something less than healthy. I know that if I choose to eat a mini blizzard, that is okay, because before I would have eaten a medium or large blizzard. I also realized that one healthy meal doesn't make you skinny and one unhealthy meal doesn't make you fat. Rather it is a culmination of many choices that result in your weight. Good luck on your journey. Try to enjoy it. emoticon emoticon
    2865 days ago
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