Calorie Tracking & Food Guilt
I think it started in my early 20s. Post-delicious high-fat, high-carb snack guilt. Dividing foods into “good” and “bad”. Feeling like I needed to work off food I had consumed earlier. Eating when hungry but also when feeling anxious or sad. All these issues with food stemmed from the fact that I wanted to lose about 20 pounds. I began tracking my food intake in notebooks. A number written at the top of the page signified the number of calories I should have in a day based on an online calorie calculator. When I strayed from the plan or when I went over my daily calories, I felt like I lost. Sometimes in the evening, I would abandon all self-control. "Screw it!", I thought.
Food tracking can work well for many people but it can also be a source of guilt, stress, and disordered eating. It did not work well for me at the time! The one positive thing to come out of my tracking was that reviewing food labels became a habit. Serving size and ingredient lists are eye-opening!
Why I Don't Do It Anymore