Why Do We Feel Unhealthy after Eating Healthy?
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There are so many times in our lives when we just avoid our favorite food item out of fear. We fear consuming unhealthy calories. We feel so guilty that we avoid that dish completely. Remember that time when you were craving your favorite ice cream but you skipped the thought because the guilt wasn’t worth the pleasure? But what happens when our fear stops us from eating even healthy food? This article explores why we feel unhealthy after eating healthy food. We also understand what to do if we are worried about eating unhealthy food.
Feeling Unhealthy After Eating Food
Social media is full of messages about what we should eat and what we should not. It is full of influencers who try to impose their dietary habits on others. We feel compelled to follow their food habits. This is why traditional food items which are healthy may also seem unhealthy to us.
We feel that consuming any kind of food can make us fat or bulky. This fear is deeply rooted in the belief that our bodies arent’ good enough. When we idolise the body type which we see on social media, we feel guilty that our body is not perfect. The media gives out an unreal perception of an ideal body.
Media also gives out biased perspectives on ‘clean food’. Food habits and preferences are based on many factors. What is clean food for one culture may not be so for another culture. The media imposes majority culture on the masses.
Diet culture often victimizes all kinds of food that contain sugar and fat. People who follow these diets feel that they have to completely avoid these foods. They don’t realize that some amount of sugar and healthy fat is essential for our body.
What Are The Sources Of Guilt?
We feel worried about eating unhealthy because there is a problem with self-control. We feel that even if we consume small amounts of unhealthy food, we will not be able to control ourselves from eating more of it.
What Happens When You Are Worried About Eating Unhealthy Food?
We will avoid all kinds of food that aren’t in our diet. People who are always worried about eating unhealthy food will not touch anything that is not listed in their diet plans. This worry becomes a habit. We will keep checking food labels. We will always calculate obsessively. When we feel unhealthy about eating then we will start cancelling meal plans with friends.
This anxiety can cause health issues. We may avoid food that is essential for our health. For instance, we will completely cut down fat from our diet. Some amount of fat is essential for a healthy life. There is a likelihood that we will annoy others around us with our demands.
How To Stop Feeling Worried About Eating Unhealthy?
The following steps can be used to stop feeling worried about eating unhealthy food
Understand Your Body
Understand your body needs. Try to incorporate healthy eating habits rather than extreme dieting. We feel unhealthy while eating healthy food because we think that the only diet plan that we see others following is the right one. Our bodies are different and our needs also differ.
Don’t Be Hard On Yourself!
When you are with friends, try to focus on the conversation instead of constantly thinking about what’s on your plate. It will take practice. Try doing it at home first. Like a dress rehearsal, do a plate rehearsal! Take a plate and put small portions of all kinds of food. You can visualize food if you don’t have anything at home. Try to relax and positively affirm that you are not sinning by eating food. All this while being mindful of what you are eating. Overeating of any kind is never helpful.
Write about your achievements in the journal. Whenever you eat a food item that you have been avoiding, note it down. Write down the steps you followed while eating it.