I spend a lot of time (probably too much) of my day looking at random articles online. A lot of them pertaining to health, fitness and nutrition – clearly, if I write a blog about it I want to learn as much as possible, right?
I noticed something the other day that’s been bugging me. Mainly because I see it way more often than I’m comfortable with.
This article in particular mentioned a recipe for baked apples with a streusel topping. “It’s like apple pie without the guilt!”
Ummm, I have a problem with this.
Why do we have to put a “guilty” label on food?
I like baked apples, but if I want apple pie, it won’t do. I might not feel guilty about eating a baked apple, but it will never satisfy an apple pie craving. If I want pie, there is absolutely nothing wrong with eating it.
Why do we feel the need to put “bad” labels on food? If we see something as being bad or causing guilt, we secretly crave it that much more. Why do we need to bring guilt into the equation?
Here you go. Food is fuel for our bodies – it is not good or bad. There is more nutritious and less nutritious food, yes…but less nutritious does not equal bad, evil, or any other sort of negative connotation. It is not junk, it is not a treat, it is not an indulgence, it is not a guilty pleasure…It is food. End of story.
is no more guilt inducing than this.
I should feel the same way about this…
as I do about this.
Food is fuel. It is meant to taste good, bring us joy, and help us celebrate. It is not meant to be demonized or make us feel bad.
I eat a high protein diet with plenty of veggies because it makes me feel good. I’m trying to gain muscle, and I need to eat this way in order to properly fuel them.
Ice cream and cookies taste good and make me happy, but when I eat them too much I feel lethargic and gross – so I don’t eat them all the time. But when I have a craving, I honour it.
I’m by no means perfect with this…I suffer from the occasional bout of sugar-induced regret. But I’ve decided: no more. There is nothing wrong with eating the foods I love, even the ones that are less nutritious for me.
Food is supposed to make you happy, not guilty. So eat what makes you happy, k? No guilt allowed.
<— Anyone else fed up with the idea that certain foods should cause guilt?
<— What food makes you happy?