Do you know that feeling of eating something and feeling guilty straight away? How about when you haven’t done what you intended to do or woke up too late and missed your routine? What routine?! Exactly. 🙄
A recurring topic both in my own healing and my client’s journey, guilt is often present around food these days or how we spend or not spend our time.
How to deal with food guilt then, when it comes in waves, on a consistent basis? I found this really puts it in perspective.
Extract from A Course in Miracles
“Guilt is punishing yourself before an authority figure/or God doesn’t. It is an unnecessary prepayment of retribution for wrongdoing.
As a child, you were taught that pain buys you freedom.
You drew on the wall with crayons, your father spanked you, and your “sin” was paid off.
You got a bad grade, you were grounded, and the account was settled.
You confessed your sins to a priest, he gave you penance, and you were back in good standing with God. As an adult you got a speeding ticket, you paid a fine, and once again you were “fine.”
Here’s the belief in a nutshell: Sin is offset by pain, which leads to freedom. So now when you believe you have “sinned”, you beat yourself up and mete out your own punishment before God gives you a worse dose.
》”The ego believes that by punishing itself it will mitigate the punishment of God(or others)”《 .
But there is no worse dose to come. You did it all to yourself.”
― Quote from “A Course in Miracles Made Easy: Mastering the Journey from Fear to Love”
Next time you feel guilty after eating something you should ask yourself what drives that feeling and whether you’re trying to punish yourself as a precautionary measure before “the world” does it so you’d rather take your own dose of poison.
Guilt after eating something “bad” is doing more harm than the food itself.
Wouldn’t you like to be free of that gut-wrenching feeling?
It all stems from awareness.
Notice, inquire, allow to know yourself better. 🙏