Dealing with issues of food restriction and guilt


September 14, 2022

You hear it all the time. Likely, you’ve even said it: “I was bad today” or “I was good today.”

“Good” and “bad” — terms commonly used for moral and ethical issues — somehow have become everyday language in relation to food and eating. I hear this a lot myself, as I am a registered dietitian. Somehow I become an automatic “confession box” for the “wayward eater.”

Have you ever stopped to think about why we slap such hefty terms on ourselves and others? The language we use (“good,” “bad”) reveals the mindset that underpins our words. Those mindsets...

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