Guilt is a feeling you get when you did something wrong or think you did something wrong. Shame is a feeling that your whole self is wrong. Uncontrollable eating can cause feelings of both guilt and shame; guilty for actually overeating and shame for feeling broken. Ironically for the overeater, guilt and shame are often at the core of uncontrollable eating. Indulging in favorite foods seems to temporarily relieve the emotional pain caused by guilt and shame. In that moment of indulgence there is happiness, deliciousness, stimulated taste buds that send signals to the brain that everything is delightful. However seconds after pausing in a food binge remorse begins to set in, regret for overeating once again, a promise is made never to do such a thing again. The resulting guilt and shame labels certain foods "bad" and those same labels extend then to the overeater repeating the cycle of insanity. Remind yourself daily that you are not "bad" for having a problem. Everyone deserves happiness and freedom from food addictions. Stop feeding shame... say this with me today: "I can be happy, I can be healthy, I can be loved."
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