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Why do I sometimes feel guilty after eating?

Laura Katleman-Prue
Nutrition & Dietetics
Food, weight, and body-image issues are intransigent. We're programmed to listen to and believe our thoughts. In the case of food and weight, our egoic mind pits two stubborn, mutually exclusive desires against each other: the desire to experience taste pleasure from food and the desire to look good. No wonder we're in a pickle! On the one hand, our bodies need food to survive and we're programmed to adore food. On the other hand, we're bombarded with media images of young, thin, attractive people and brainwashed into thinking that we should look that way, too.

We're like pendulums swinging from one end of the desire fulfillment scale to the other. First, we indulge our desire to eat for pleasure, which causes us to gain weight. Then, we feel miserable because we've failed to satisfy our desire for thinness. Next, we diet, lose weight, and feel deprived of the foods we love. Our deprivation causes us to desire pleasure foods (foods with little or no nutrition that are ultimately not fulfilling), and eventually, we give in, overeat, and gain weight again. Our weight gain brings us full circle, causing the desire to be thin to kick in again, and on and on it goes.
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