The definition of guilt according to dictionary.com is -
"A feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offence, crime, wrong etc., whether real or imagined".
Guess what, you have not and will not ever commit a crime, an offence or do wrong by consuming ANY type of food or drink!!
This term only emphasises how important it is to see all food as NEUTRAL. There are no 'good' or 'bad' foods and there are no foods that should ever make you feel 'guilty' if you eat them. When we don't classify foods as neutral, several things happen:
- we CRAVE exactly what we've told ourselves we should feel guilty for having
- we don't enjoy food
- we don't see the benefits that all food can bring us, regardless of what type of food it is
- we become obsessive about calories and 'cheat' days
- we can develop a really horrible relationship with food and binge or restrict rather than LISTENING to our body
To me, 'guilt-free' is a manipulative term and takes advantage of those that are vulnerable. It is a very common phrase used in the 'weight loss' industry to encourage you spend more money on broken promises and lies. And as long as you believe that you should feel 'guilty' when eating, the longer the industry has you as a customer, completely foul play in my book.
If you feel guilty about eating certain foods, you need to ask yourself 'why'. How can food bring about such a strong emotion in you? Why is it bringing this emotion out and making you feel like you've done something wrong? Often there is an underlying reason that needs to be addressed other than just the marketing of 'guilt-free' that has encouraged you to feel guilty in the first place.
What are your thoughts on the term 'guilt-free'? What other words or marketing don't you like that are associated with food?