That was the response I received last night when I offered some guests real vanilla ice cream with homemade mixed berry crumble. And it made me very sad. How can you swear off a food forever?
Personally, I’d rather have a scoop of premium ice cream at a party every once in a while than fat-free frozen yogurt five days a week. To me, the ice cream is pure pleasure; the fat-free yogurt, a poor substitute for something I love.
But it’s taken me years to be able to enjoy that scoop of ice cream, guilt-free. And I fully understand that some people cannot let go of the feeling that they’ve done something “bad” when they eat something rich and delicious. They feel like a “bad” person and that they’ve messed up, so they might as well eat every “bad” food they can get their hands on.
I’ve been there and done that and here’s how I got past it. I had to realize that there are NO BAD or GOOD foods. Food is an inanimate object. It has no feelings. And it does not pass judgment. I am not a bad or good person based on what I eat. Food is fuel. I can enjoy any food in moderation and be healthy - balance is key.
Leslie Fink, MS, RD