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Food, Guilt and Health ...

PaulF | Apr 20, 2007 09:30 AM

Do health concerns ever reduce your enjoyment of what you are eating?

They do for me.

I'm not sure how to articulate this.

But there are times when I'm eating a pastrami sandwich or some cookies or even scrambled eggs and I feel bad about it after. And it's not just limited to those foods. I eat them and I start thinking about the calories or the fat or the carbs or the salt or the cholesterol and I start to feel guilty or that I'm doing something wrong and that feeling diminishes the pleasure I get from the food. And if I'm not going to enjoy something that's "bad" for me -- then what's the point. The whole point of eating something that might be unhealthy is that the pleasure of eating it has a value that outweighs the negative benefits.

I think part of the problem is that I'm not in a mode of exercise right now. I haven't gone for a run or worked out in a while -- I never like to work out, sometimes I just get into it for the benefits. And when I'm working out or going for a run five times a week, I do feel less guilty about what I'm eating.

There is another difficult to explain layer to it. When I eat something "unhealthy" sometimes it makes me feel unhealthy. Maybe I'm a wacko, but I sometimes can "feel" my blood pressure going up after eating a salty dish, I can feel sluggish and crappy after eating a piece of chocolate cake.

Partly, I think I'm trying to work out my feelings here -- being less than clear.

Does anyone else every feel these things?

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