Those who seem to be affected most by food guilt are following a strict diet plan but struggle with the slightest hiccup. A night out with friends indulging on wine and pizza or a few cookies with the kids sends emotions of guilt spiraling out of control.
Women seem to be affected more than men. There is a belief all efforts toward fitness goals have been ruined by one diet mistake. This begins the cycle of fixing the problem through unhealthy methods.
Let’s stop right here and re-think the scenario. You're eating healthy and exercising regularly to maintain a fit body. Awesome job and keep it up. Now, enjoying a night out eating pizza or having a few cookies is not going to derail all your efforts.
You didn’t fail nor should you start binge eating because you're pissed off for doing something normal and healthy. Think about it. It's healthy to indulge once in a while and have balance in your life.
Holding onto self-induced food guilt does nothing for your health and fitness except add stress and anxiety to your life. So, you ate the pizza and cookies and guess what, everything will be OK. Don’t get hung up on what is done and move on. Accept you are still rocking a healthy lifestyle!