By: Katherine Snook, B.Sc, CPT, B.A., of Custom Nutrition Guelph
Food guilt is something a lot of people struggle with daily and it’s no wonder since the messages around us are constantly telling us to eat less red meat, that eggs are high in cholesterol, that all carbs are bad, that you must eat non-GMO and 100% organic, that saturated fat is bad and too much fruit is bad - it’s no wonder the population is confused and feeling guilty! Not only that, but many of us are trying to lose a few extra pounds, so even if healthy food is being consumed, there is still a lot of guilt experienced around the amount of calories one has probably eaten.
What if I were to tell you there is a way to eat without any remorse and all the mental space that was once occupied with guilt could be freed up for more productive thoughts? Well there is and it’s all about focusing on nutrient dense whole foods, which by the way, can be delicious and totally satisfying. There is an awful stigma that says healthy food is bland and undesirable, but that just isn’t true if you are eating a balanced diet.
Instead of wondering whether a food is ‘bad’ and if you should feel guilty for eating it, think ‘Does this food nourish my body? Does it have vitamins and minerals?” If it does, then enjoy it thoroughly and feel good about treating your body like a temple. Far too often I hear people feeling guilty or concerned about eating butter, oil, bacon, a juicy steak, potatoes, nuts, shrimp, eggs, peanut butter, cheese, bread, cream, too much fruit, chocolate and even coffee! These foods have plenty of vitamins and minerals and regardless of their caloric content they help to support the chemical reactions in your body that make up your metabolism, the health of your skin and other endothelial cells that line your blood veins and digestive system, the hormones, proteins and neurotransmitters responsible for communication all over the body as well as brain, bone, muscle, organ, and tissue health.
Too often we are focused on calories, fat, carbs and protein and we aren’t eating food for its vitamin, mineral and phytochemical content. Eating whole foods, including healthy fats and protein, help to keep us feeling satiated, balance our energy and mood and keep carb cravings down, all of which aid in maintaining or achieving a healthy weight. So, not only does a diet full of whole foods alleviate food guilt, it also eliminates the need to count calories.
So, please, stop feeling guilty about eating the following:
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