How to Stop Moralizing Your Food Choices

by | Jan 4, 2017

Jane is a wellness coach and has a deep and technical knowledge of nutrition, so by nature she eats super healthy and enjoys it. She also suffers from Celiac disease and has many other food sensitivities, so has to restrict her foods even more to avoid serious health problems.

Her biggest issue is that because she knows so much about nutrition she feels guilty eating anything that contains starch, because of a lingering five pounds she’d like to lose.

This tendency to moralize her food choices as “good” or “bad” causes her to second guess even some of her healthy choices and she feels terribly guilty eating some of the foods she loves (like oatmeal and sweet potatoes), even though they are nutritious Real Foods.

So even when Jane “indulges” it is hard for her to truly enjoy it. For those five pounds, Jane has been suffering like this for eleven years.

Together we dissect where her perfectionist streak is coming from and come up with a strategy for moving on. I also offer her a few ideas on solving her “last five pounds” issue that don’t involve skipping out on the few foods she really loves.

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Related links:

Why I’ll Never Tell You to Eat “Heart Healthy” Foods

Darya’s diet history

Foodist book

4 Reasons Why Some People Do Well as Vegans (While Others Fail Miserably)

Home Court Habits: The Secret to Effortless Weight Control

Mindful Meal Challenge



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3 Responses to “How to Stop Moralizing Your Food Choices”

  1. Thanks for sharing these articles to us Darya! I cannot blame Jane because I moralize my food sometimes. But, you are right and I have learned something from your articles.

  2. Darya,
    Since we recorded this I was diagnosed with prediabetes. So I am carefully watching sugar intake, but am allowing myself to enjoy some healthy carbs. Just got through mindfully eating some GF oatmeal for breakfast. What is interesting is when I stopped eating my protein bar mid-morning (with 12-15 grams of sugar), eating a few dark chocolate chips periodically throughout the day, and a few other things, and started monitoring my blood glucose several time a day, I have lost a few pounds. Yay! Stay tuned and thanks!

    • Darya Rose says:

      Sorry to hear about the diagnosis, Jane. But I’m glad that you’re having success. And yes, I’d recommend a sweet potato over protein bars any day! 12-15g sugar is dessert in my book.

      Keep up the great work and let us know how it goes!

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