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Jun 29, 2012 02:08 AM

Food guilt - do you get it and what do you do about it?

I'm a guilty person - it's a reflex, I'll feel remorse even if I step on a mosquito or shower for half a minute longer than usual (how dare I damage the environment like that!). But worst is with food. There are so many things to feel guilty about: is it locally sourced? Is it seasonal? Is it meat? Is it healthy? Is it calorific? Even fattening? Is it processed? High salt? Is it (gasp) CARBOHYDRATES?? It's impossible to eat anything without being certain that there's something wrong about it. It's becoming vaguely tortuous. Do any other Chowhounds get chronic food guilt? Do you find it changes the choices you make about what and how you eat? And how do you manage it or even manage to avoid it, if you are a fellow sufferer?

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  1. How sad for you. It must be a great strain to cope with all those problems over something that, at one end of the scale, should be a lovely experience and, at the other end, is just fuel to live.

    It may that you'd benefit from cognitive behaviour therapy which can be pretty good at developing coping strategies. It's often used for eating disorders such as yours.

    1. I found that being on Weight Watchers has helped me make more healthy choices in what I eat, so that guilt problem solved itself.

      I was feeling guilty if I missed a Saturday Farmer's market, as I am a big proponent of shopping local. I finally got it through my thick skull that it is not my job to save the local farmers, and that they will just have to sell their produce without me now and then!

      1. Nope. No guilt. None at all. I just gobble down the good stuff and feel proud of myself for ... supporting a great restaurant... cooking, when so few people do any more... supporting a great farmer doing really good work... feeding my friends and family and making them smile... putting healthy things into my body to make it stronger and more resilient...
        I do over-tip quite egregiously when I get good service, my thinking being that I get paid very well for what I do and waiters should know that I appreciate what they do for me. And I don't do lots of stuff: don't eat veal, don't eat foie gras, don't eat unsustainable fish (mostly, at least), don't buy meat unless from places that can assure me the animals were raised healthily and kindly and killed kindly.
        So... is it bad that I don't feel guilt? ;->

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