Brittany, yes, you’re right about this being about addictive desire, which we’ll cover next. It’s also about motivation in that you could ask yourself if there was any downside for you in eating the cookies and ice cream – other than you thought you shouldn’t do that. The answer will always be a matter of degree and making your best guess at how much and how often to eat food that isn’t nutritious. It could be that the sense of ’shouldn’t’ comes from thinking you must be perfect… all-or-none?
Notice “have to” here in “I will really have to cut back on these foods…” This is what creates your feelings of deprivation and resentment. How you handle it is to challenge your denial of choice.
There will be more about all of this to come.