The problem with labeling foods “good” or “bad” is now they’ve been given life. It stops being a neutral food choice and starts having a moral implication.
- The differences in how children and adults label food and the role diet culture has played in manipulating society to their benefit
- How food labeling continues to perpetuate the all-or-nothing mentality
- Why the moral superiority of food labels can cause us to judge others and ourselves harshly
- Actionable steps to help you dismantle this toxic belief system so you can begin to approach all foods in a balanced and healthy way
But, I’m encouraging you to develop more awareness around the labels that you put around foods. Notice how your thoughts and interactions with the food changes as you rewrite the narrative and drop the food guilt.
Sometimes I ask clients to write down a list of foods they consider to be ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Then, see if you can come up with other words to describe them that have nothing to do with their moral value.
Focus instead on how the various foods make you feel. From there, see if you can try such foods with a different, non-judgment label. How does the experience change?