Guilt can steal life from us. More than life though, it steals vibrancy from our personality and it burdens our hearts until we acquiesce to it and shut down. Unless you want to walk around with guilt constantly weighing over-top of your head, I recommend that you do the logical thing, the very European thing, and just let it go. Be done with guilt, and for those of you interested in wanting to enjoy good things in life like food, then be done with food guilt as well.
I started thinking about guilt last night before I went to bed, woke up in sweats throughout the night from it, and it was the first thing on my mind this morning when I woke. Guilt’s power lies in it’s ability to monopolize our attention over even the smallest things. My guilt stemmed from small things from yesterday: shortening my workout (because I was fatigued and am fighting off a cold) and a double serving of Ghirardelli dark chocolate at night; both things that will not kill me, nor really affect me, yet I battled guilt from them for almost 15 hours.
If you ever feel guilt associated with your food choices there are two things you need to do. The first is to re-evaluate your diet and make sure you are eating well. The second is to let go and allow yourself splurges without guilt. If you allow guilt to dominate your life, you will never be able to be fully you. You will never be able to fully accept your body for how beautiful it is, you will never be able to enjoy good food, and you will spend most of your thought-life thinking about how flawed you are. Guilt-ed living is no way to live.
Letting go of guilt is a choice. Start chosing it and start enjoying your newfound freedom. Freedom feels and tastes good.