Feelings of guilt when snacking

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Feelings of guilt when snacking

Causes of guilt when snacking

There are several reasons why we feel guilty when we snack. These include:

  • Choosing unhealthy snacks: When we choose unhealthy snacks like chips, chocolate or candy, we often feel guilty because we know these foods are not good for us.
  • Pursuing unrealistic nutritional goals: When we're trying to lose weight or eat healthier, we can feel guilty about snacking, feeling like we're falling short of our goals.
  • The social pressure: In our society, a healthy lifestyle is promoted 24/7 on social media. We constantly see images of people who are slim and fit. If we don't fit that image, we can feel just as guilty.
  • Personal reasons: There may also be personal reasons for feeling guilty about snacking. Perhaps we have had negative experiences with food in the past, such as an eating disorder. Or we feel guilty when we indulge because we believe we don't deserve it.

Tips to reduce snacking guilt

If we feel guilty about snacking, it's important to find out what's causing it. If it's because of unhealthy snacking, we can try to find healthier alternatives. If it's because of our dietary goals, we can try to make our goals more realistic. And if it's because of social or personal reasons, we can try to deal with those issues.

Here are some tips on how we can reduce our guilty conscience when snacking:

  • Have healthy snacks ready: When we have healthy snacks on hand, we are less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks. Healthy snacks can be fruits, vegetables, nuts or seeds, for example.
  • Enjoy snacks in moderation: It's okay to eat snacks. The important thing is that we enjoy them in moderation. We shouldn't force ourselves to fast or avoid certain foods.
  • Make our goals realistic: If our goals are too ambitious, we are unlikely to achieve them. We should set goals that we can achieve and that will help us develop healthy habits.
  • Dealing with our feelings: If we associate negative feelings with food, it is important to deal with those feelings. For example, we can talk to a therapist or coach to develop a healthier relationship with food.

Feeling guilty about snacking is a common phenomenon. It can be caused by a number of factors, including choosing unhealthy snacks, pursuing unrealistic dietary goals, and social pressure. When we feel guilty, it's important to understand the cause of these feelings. Knowing the cause also allows us to take steps to fix it.


  • Emotional Eating: What You Should Know, link
  • Useful Tips for Combating Food Guilt and Shame, link

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