Home » Diet and Nutrition News & Advice » 8 Tips for Banishing Food Guilt

8 Tips for Banishing Food Guilt


Regardless of whether you have a sweet tooth, a temptation for starches, lack of will power in the face of saturated fats, or all of the above, we’re all familiar with food guilt in one way or another. Food guilt is the shameful string of emotions and negative self-talk that follows an indulgent snack, sweet dessert, or rich meal.

If you obsess about what you should or shouldn’t be eating, it’s time to banish food guilt for good…

1. Identify Sources of Food Guilt

As babies and even children we don’t associate eating with shame and negativity.  Something caused this negative association to occur. It might have been a sibling calling you overweight as a child or magazines full of scantily clad, unrealistic body types. Recognizing this source of food guilt will help you overcome negativity and create new and positive associations with food.

Next »
ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat
  • 12 Common Signs and Symptoms of Bulimia
    Bulimia nervosa—more commonly referred to as simply bulimia—is an eating disorder and mental health condition in which a person binges foods, and then proceeds to purge it in...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Brain Training Tips for Better Body Image
    What do you see when you look in the mirror? Depending on a number of factors (i.e., mood, hormones, stress levels, etc.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Early and Subtle Warning Signs of Esophageal Cancer
    Being diagnosed with any type of cancer is scary and life-altering. Even if you're very likely to fully recover and live a long, healthy life, the emotional and physical toll of...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Harmoniously High Fiber Foods
    We all know that fiber is an important component of a healthy diet. However, we might not know exactly why?
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Walnuts
    Nuts are one of those foods that we're not sure what to do with because while we know most of them are healthy for us (unsalted, of course), we are also frequently told they are...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Common Signs and Symptoms of Meningitis
    It's easy to mistake the early signs and symptoms of meningitis with the flu due to the fact that it causes the same achy stiffness, headache, and high fever.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Thyroid Cancer: Types, Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments
    Even though we can't see our thyroid and it's relatively small, it has a really important job.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Symptoms of Endometriosis: Do You Have It?
    Endometriosis affects over 5 million women in North America. The disease is caused by the endometrial cells, or the cells of the uterus, abnormally growing in inappropriate areas...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Common Signs, Symptoms and Treatments For Bone Cancer
    Approximately 3,010 adults will be diagnosed with bone cancer this year. More than 1,400 will die from the disease.  There are several types of bone cancer.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • How Do I Know If I'm Lactose Intolerant?
    Lactose intolerance, refers to individuals who are unable to digest lactose (or sugars from dairy products) due to a lactase (an enzyme produced in the small intestine) deficiency.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • How Do I Know If I Have a Bladder Infection?
    Ever had that uncomfortable feeling of having to go to the bathroom even after you've already gone? Or how about a burning sensation during urination?
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Peptic Ulcers: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatments
    When we hear the word "ulcer" it just gives us a shudder because as most people know, an ulcer is an open sore. There's nothing nice about that!
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Incredible Health Benefits (and Risks) of Grapefruits
    This tangy fruit has a seriously bold taste which makes it a bit of an acquired taste, but it's worth a try because it's got some incredible health benefits!
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Absolute Best Berries to Eat
    Berries are small, but mighty. This fruit is so versatile, not only are there so many different berries out there for us to try.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Beets
    Sure, they might look a little rugged on the outside, but beets. Are. Great. Not only are beets packed with sweet flavor and nutrition (i.e.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice