It’s easy to overindulge at your Thanksgiving feast. Maybe you chose mashed potatoes over green beans, or two pieces of pie instead of one. The feeling of guilt comes naturally — the problem is where the guilt will take us.
We often scold ourselves, believing it will help restore our healthy habits. But is feeling guilty actually harming your health?
A study published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology reported that individuals who indulged without guilt were less likely to continue unhealthy eating habits. And if they had feelings of self-compassion, individuals had less stress and felt less restrained regarding eating habits. If you’re feeling guilty after your holiday indulgence, remind yourself that one day of food and family isn’t the end of the world. Shedding guilt could mean shedding pounds!