Stop Feeling Guilty, and Eat What Your Body Craves


I’m a big believer in moderation being the key to life. We all have our weaknesses and are moments when we tend to overindulge in things. What we overindulge in all boils down to how much self-control we have. The fact of the matter is that no one is perfect, and we all have our moments where we let go, give in, and indulge. I don’t believe in depriving oneself of things that we crave. I’ve rarely seen anyone that lives a certain type of healthy lifestyle where they never indulge or give in to their cravings. At least, not genuinely happy people. Perhaps I’m wrong, but I simply can’t relate to people who never indulge. Never indulging itself is an extreme action. We should be able to indulge in everything that we crave in moderation. When it comes to food at least.

It’s important to live a predominantly healthy lifestyle. In other words, we should all stay active, take care of our bodies, and care about what we put into them. Living a healthy lifestyle is the opposite of going on diets. I don’t believe that diets are necessary. This even goes for people that are incredibly overweight or obese. Even people who are obese should give in to their cravings once in a while. The whole point in life is happiness, and to enjoy everything that we love, but to do so in moderation.

This brings me to my main point. Even when we live a predominantly healthy lifestyle, and don’t overindulge very much, during those moments that we give in to our cravings, sometimes we get carried away. Like anything else, we can always get back on the right track and start eating healthy again. Although, many times that leaves us feeling guilty, and as if we’ve done something wrong by overindulging. This is why I feel that it’s best that when we give in to cravings and tend to overindulge, we do so with healthier choices.

For example, if you’re craving something sweet, and you know you’re gonna put away a package of king-size Twizzlers or some candy that you love, you should understand that your body is craving sugar. Our bodies crave bad foods because they seem like easier and quicker choices. But trust me when I say this, it isn’t worth it. It’s merely giving in to short term light, and long term darkness.

When you’re able to be self-aware enough to recognize that your body is craving sugar, instead of going for the candy, eat some fresh fruit. In other words, once you know what you’re craving, understand why you’re craving it, what nutrients are lacking in your body, and choose to eat something healthy that will satisfy that craving. This way, instead of overindulging in bad sugar like candy and sweets, you’ll overindulge in healthier foods like fresh fruit. No, this doesn’t mean that you should never indulge in naughty foods. Just don’t overindulge in them, and choose to eat healthier things whenever possible.

I’ve heard many people say that all sugar is bad, even fruit. Those people are somewhat delusional. Simply ignore them, and do your own thing. Remember, moderation is the key to life, but we all crave things and indulge sometimes. There’s no need to feel guilty when you want to indulge. However, try to switch your mentality, and understand that your body is craving certain nutrients. As soon as you understand that, go for the healthier choice, and maintain your healthy lifestyle. Nothing’s wrong with overindulging sometimes, so stop feeling guilty for it when it happens. Simply choose to overindulge in healthier foods, instead of what you’re initial naughty cravings might be.

Anne Cohen
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