It's time to drop the food guilt By The Nourishing Space

It’s time to drop the food guilt

Ok confession time, hands up who indulged over the break?? Double hands up over here!! I had easter eggs, champagne, hot cross buns, cheese platters and pizza… Not a gluten free, sugar free, dairy free mouthful in site! And you know the BEST bit? I enjoyed EVERY MINUTE OF IT!

We spent the Easter break celebrating our good friends wedding in Melbourne, there were celebrations galore and it was seriously so much fun catching up with everyone (not to mention being baby free :))

I haven’t always ‘enjoyed’ celebrations like this. Just the thought of them would make me feel anxious, and stressed. After being out I would often lie awake feeling guilty about what I had eaten, and think about how I was going to eat ‘better’ and exercise the next day. In all honesty it’s taken me years (15-20 to be exact) to move past all of these feelings of guilt and anxiety and in to a better place.

A place where I no longer feel guilty about food when I ‘relax’ things a little. A place where I actually enjoy eating delicious ‘sugar filled’ food. A place where I know that if I indulge for a few days it ISN’T going to change the way I look!

But most importantly, I’m arriving at a place where I am at peace with food.

Being back in the office after the break, I was saddened by how many women around me were feeling guilty about what they’d eaten over the break. “The health kick starts today”, “Omg I ate so many easter eggs”, “I’m going to the gym every day this week”. Hardly anyone told me how much they had enjoyed themselves over the break. Almost everyone was so caught up feeling guilty about their ‘bad’ food choices that they probably missed out on actually enjoying themselves.

Now that I’m back home and in my own kitchen, I’ve made it my mission to prioritise home cooked meals. I’ve put on the slow cooker, I’ve stocked the fridge full of fruit and veggies and I’ve got my meal planner out right now planning next weeks meals.

If you’re reading this, and you too are feeling guilty about your Easter indulgence then STOP! Those feelings of guilt and anxiety are ten times worse then a few cadbury eggs. Starting now, get yourself back on track. Use the weekend to sit down and find a few recipes for the week ahead, head to the markets (or shops) and stock yourself up with wholefood goodness. 

It’s time to get honest about REAL. HEALTHY. FOOD. Food should be fun and is there to be enjoyed. If you want to free yourself from feeling guilty or stressed, then let me help you get back on track. Let’s get in touch today and talk about taking the first step around your health and your happiness.

As a health and wellbeing coach Penny works with busy time-poor working women who are struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Through her work, Penny helps women make simple choices around healthy food, providing ‘fuss-free’ recipes, wellness tips and simple everyday practices; to increase their energy, lower their stress levels and fall in love with real food so they lead healthier, happier lives.

If you’re ready to start living a healthier and happier life, contact Penny through the contact page for your free 30-minute consultation.

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