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Why Are We Made To Feel Guilty For Eating?

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We see it everywhere. “Guilt free” dessert and meal recipes bombarding pinterest, TV commericals for “better for you” frozen meals. It seems like if you can imagine it, there’s a low fat or sugar version of it. There are recipes claiming to be better for you so that you don’t have to feel bad about eating that chocolate cake or your favorite ice cream. There are even recipes for pizza crust made out of vegetables.

Don’t get me wrong, I love healthy food, and healthy recipes are great. But if you’re choosing those healthy recipes every single time, and avoiding “sinful” foods, that’s not good. Having dealt with anorexia, I deprived myself of basically everything for more than a year. And you know what? It fucking sucked. I would try all these “guilt free” versions of desserts, just to try to save some calories. If it has less sugar and fat, we don’t have to feel bad about eating it, right?

Food is turned in to something sinful, something that we are made to feel guilty of. There are even ads out there likening dessert to a one night stand (seriously, I learned about these in my sociology class). Why should we feel bad for nourishing our bodies? Just because once in a while you eat something with sugar or fat in it, or that is smothered in chocolate, doesn’t mean you should instantly start planning how you’re going to burn off those calories you just ate.

I’m not saying you should eat pizza and brownies three meals a day, but you should treat yourself. If you go through life avoiding foods because you perceive them as “bad”, or berate yourself for eating cookies instead of fruit, (cue South Park reference) you’re going to have a bad time.

Stay wonderful, xox.

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