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Feeling Guilty After Eating? 6 Best Ways to Overcome it

Updated: Mar 25, 2022

Medically reviewed by Serena Benali, Registered Dietitian.

You’re eating and you’re in the zone, it tastes so good… but afterwards the guilt sets in and you’re feeling some major regret… sound familiar?

Food guilt is very common in our culture, and you may be quite familiar with this feeling.

Experiencing food guilt can be a major barrier blocking you from developing a healthy, balanced relationship with food.

Here I share what food guilt is, why it occurs in the first place and the 6 best ways to get rid of food guilt.

What is food guilt

At its core, food guilt is tied to a internal belief system around food that says some foods are good and some foods are bad, and that certain "rules" need to be followed around food. So when we eat something we deemed as "bad" or break a self-imposed rule we are flooded with immense guilt and shame because a part of us feels that we did something bad.

The popular "cheat meal" label preserves this internal belief system that ties morality to food. Can you really enjoy a meal "guilt-free"’ if you’ve labeled it a cheat meal?