Ep 21 – Stel Coombe-Heath: Did Easter leave you with a guilty conscience?

7 Apr, 2021 | Binge and emotional eating recovery coach | No Comments

Ep 21 – Stel Coombe-Heath: Did Easter leave you with a guilty conscience?

Remove the guilt this Easter!!!

How to have a Guilt free Easter

I hope you had a great Easter!

As much as we all love chocolate, judging by the conversations the past few days, a lot of people (particularly women) really struggle with a guilty conscience after indulging in easter treats.

For many women, food and guilt are inseparable.

 We think of different foods as “good” or “bad”; if we have dessert we’re being “naughty”; and we all have our “guilty pleasures”

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Dealing with easter guilt

“Tomorrow I’m only eating clean foods to make up for Easter”

is something I used to promise myself almost every year!!

*100-200 calorie meal replacement shake for breakfast

*Berries and nuts as a snack

*Salad for lunch

*Run 10km


And it turns out that ditching the guilt (not surprisingly) is good for your health.

Studies into the effects of guilt have found that the self-criticism that follows (e.g. what’s wrong with me, why did I eat all that chocolate, why do I have no self-control?) is associated with less motivation and worse self-control.

Guilt after eating leads to more uncomfortable feelings

Leading to the binge-guilt cycle I’m always talking about let me explain how it works

Guilt from eating

  • “Why can’t I stop eating, what’s wrong with me”
  • “Why do I keep damaging my body like this”
  • “I don’t deserve to be happy because I don’t even want to eat healthy”
  • “I will have the packets so that no one will see what I have done”
  • I better go for an additional 5km run to make up for this tomorrow
  • “I just can’t control myself around food”
  • “I told you we weren’t good enough!!

Feeling unhappy with my body or myself

Here are the thoughts I often had “I’d be happier with myself if I could just lose 5kg”
“I hate my hips, they are so repulsive”
I wish I were so that I can control myself around food
“There’s something wrong with me.”


“This new cleanse is going to change my life”
“Paleo must be the answer, carbs are the enemy”
“I’m going to the gym for 2 hours today, this will surely shift the number on the scale”
“I’m going for a second run today to burn off that glass of wine I had last night”

The dreaded Binge

Faceplant into a bag of chips, “I will be good again tomorrow”
“I already fucked up today, might as well make the most of it, let’s get a tub of ice cream and a bag of sweets”
“I deserve a treat, it’s been such a long day”

We need to break the guilt associated with food

  • Pay attention to your language when it comes to food (Remove the prefix, “treat” , “Cheat” , “naughty”, “Good”, “Bad” from all food)
  • Eat the damn chocolate with full permission.
  • Slow down and enjoy every single bite
  • If you do end up overindulging a little, forgive yourself, it’s only a little extra chocolate, not the end of the world

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