I lost 50 pounds 3 years ago and have kept it off. The first thing I gave up was guilt.
I am serious. I realized that I was “running” a guilt-producing story in my mind every time I ate something that I considered to be the least bit “high calorie,” “unhealthy,” or “unnecessary.” I came to the conclusion that my self-talk, full of “shoulds” & “should nots” about food, was definitely more fattening than anything I was putting in my mouth!
I’d be sitting there, fork in hand, thinking thoughts like:”I shouldn’t be eating this. It’s not healthy. It probably has 300 calories. I know those people over there are watching me eat this and thinking to themselves that I’m fat and out of control … yada … yada.”
I’d be so consumed with guilt and shame over what I was eating that I couldn’t even taste the food! Is it any wonder then that I would find myself spiraling into an unconscious eating frenzy ?! I’d be so obsessed with what I was eating that I’d gulp down my “special” dessert (or pizza, chips & dip, french-fries, or hefty cheese sandwich, etc) and feel no satisfaction from having consumed it, whatsoever!
Well, of course not! I wasn’t even present while it was being eaten! I was off in my head, berating myself, making myself “pay” for being so “bad!” The end result was that I would just eat more … and more … and more, tasting nothing and adding pound after pound!
Like I said, guilt definitely appears to be high in fat content
So here’s what I did. I decided that if I was going to eat something, no matter “how bad for me” I believed it to be, I MUST enjoy every bite of it! I made an agreement with myself to relish whatever I ate. Once I made the choice to eat a particular dish or food, I would eat it slowly, tasting each bite as I put in my mouth.
Enjoying my food became my chief requirement for eating. I made it a more important criteria than watching calories or cutting out certain foods, etc.
AND IT WORKED! And has continued to work since!
Try it and let me know what you find!