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This is a prime example of food shaming — a habit many of us have developed where we criticize each other and ourselves for the kinds of food we're eating. Even though you know a kale salad is healthier than a slice of pizza, you sometimes choose the 'za anyway. That's fine. It's the way you frame that choice that can be harmful. Michelle May, MD explained to Women's Health, "When we judge food as being 'good' or 'bad,' we also judge ourselves and other people as 'good' or 'bad,' depending on what we ate." The result? A fairly polarized view of what we eat with little room in between in which we feel comfortable with our diet. Lori Lieberman, RD, MPH., elaborates on this phenomenon. "My sense is that people are more likely to pass judgment on other people's styles of eating when they're less grounded and comfortable with their own way of eating," she told the magazine.
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So, what's the way around food shaming? One popular method is mindful eating. Listening to your body can really alter what you eat, and when you eat it. And, call it out when you see someone (even if that someone is yourself) entering judgmental territory. Head over to Women's Health to get the full scoop on food shaming. And, don't explain away your next Snickers trip — just do it. (Women's Health)
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