Why do people view food from a reward and punishment perspective?
If you think about it, diets play into the "good" and "bad" dichotomy. If I eat this healthy food even though my body wants unhealthy food and in essence, I'm punishing myself, I feel good about it.
If I'm a good girl, I'll have ice cream for dessert tonight.
I feel bad so I'm going to eat this entire gigantic bag of
Isn't there a way to break out of these mindsets and view food for what it is, sustenance? Instead of going from one extreme to the other of eat crap then diet, why not just moderate your daily intake?