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Have your cupcake and savour it, too: The perils of food-related guiltWe can spend much of our lives surrounded by reasons to feel lousy about ourselves. Pick up any beauty or lifestyle magazine and you’ll find plenty of examples of the way your current life just doesn’t quite measure up: You can always be thinner, richer, fitter, more stylish or more organized. The fields of food and nutrition (not just the weight loss industry) have also evolved into an industry driven by our guilty consciences. We still have the old-school guilt — I’m talking about the “I’ve-already-had-dessert-and-it’s-not-even-noon” kind of sheepishness, but now we also have the pressure to be über-healthy to add to the pile. I’m talking about the gluten-free, sugar-free, vitamin-popping, goji berry-laden healthy lifestyle that we’re somehow all supposed to abide by day in and day out. Our grandparents had no knowledge of any of this stuff, yet we’re supposed to live like nutritional saints, or else hide our heads in shame if it turns out we actually enjoy a diet pop or bowl of pasta once in a while. (Photo: Peter J. Thompson/National Post)

Have your cupcake and savour it, too: The perils of food-related guilt
We can spend much of our lives surrounded by reasons to feel lousy about ourselves. Pick up any beauty or lifestyle magazine and you’ll find plenty of examples of the way your current life just doesn’t quite measure up: You can always be thinner, richer, fitter, more stylish or more organized. The fields of food and nutrition (not just the weight loss industry) have also evolved into an industry driven by our guilty consciences. We still have the old-school guilt — I’m talking about the “I’ve-already-had-dessert-and-it’s-not-even-noon” kind of sheepishness, but now we also have the pressure to be über-healthy to add to the pile. I’m talking about the gluten-free, sugar-free, vitamin-popping, goji berry-laden healthy lifestyle that we’re somehow all supposed to abide by day in and day out. Our grandparents had no knowledge of any of this stuff, yet we’re supposed to live like nutritional saints, or else hide our heads in shame if it turns out we actually enjoy a diet pop or bowl of pasta once in a while. (Photo: Peter J. Thompson/National Post)