[If you're a follower of this blog and sorely disappointed in the lack of posts lately, my sincere apologies! It's been an exciting time of transition and new projects, one of which has to do with Yoga for Recovery. I'll fill you in on the details soon.]
What’s your gut reaction to reading the title of this post? Perhaps:
Sounds nice, but not possible.
If I don’t feel guilty I’ll be out of control and eat whatever I want.
Eating = guilt. Period.
It’s time for a reminder that YOU CAN learn to enjoy food and not feel guilty. There are a lot of resources for you to explore. I’d recommend starting with Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch’s Intuitive Eating. If you’ve already read it, but still suffer from the Food Police rapping at your door each time you walk through the supermarket aisles or sit down for a meal, you might like to read it again. Or, for a quicker read and pick-me-up if you’re struggling, check out:
Suck it, Food Guilt Season (a holiday post, but relevant anytime of year!)
I’ll leave you with this great quote from XO Jane.
You don’t need to feel guilty for what you choose to eat, and you have nothing to make up for, and no reason to apologize. You don’t need to make self-deprecating jokes about how whatever you are eating will go straight to your thighs and you’ll need to spend extra time on the stairmaster to be virtuous again.
You don’t need to titter and say “Well, maybe just a little bit more” when someone offers something you want to eat…If eating a particular food item makes you happy, then you should durn well go ahead and eat it. It’s not bad or naughty or wrong. It’s just food, okay? It’s not junky or trashy or out to get you. The poison, the toxicity, the evil, comes from the people around you who feel it’s appropriate to comment on the contents of your plate, or the state of your waistline.