Food sensitivities and food allergies are not the same thing. Allergies occur in the blood stream. Sensitivities occur in the stomach or intestines. Allergies can have a dramatic reaction that can sometimes be dangerous or even deadly. Sensitivities are usually milder and can resemble “normal” aches, pains, acne, flu, or cold symptoms. If I suffered from a rash, stomach pain, diarrhea, or back pain right after ingesting a particular food that I could identify, I would avoid it for a while. Then to make certain that the food in question was or was not the culprit, I would try it again. Sometimes our food sensitivities change over time and we can eat what previously made us feel discomfort.
Eating food that causes me headaches or stomach pain will make me eat it less often. It definitely has an impact on me, but I will indulge once in a while even though I know the discomfort that comes later. Humans naturally attempt to avoid pain. I will have "forbidden foods" now and then, fully knowing the consequences.
Let us now change the thought process which follows many of us after impulse eating. Focus on remembering that you are a spirit on a human journey and you choose to have this human challenge of optimum health and wellness. Love yourself a little more each day, each time that you reach for something nutritious and life giving. Moving closer to your true self is the real you, moving in a positive direction. I encourage you to love yourself a little bit more rather than beat yourself up mentally or feel guilty if you eat something that resulted in a gain or a pain. It is just information, not a judgement call. Of course you can have a treat now and again! Stop the insanity. Breathe slowly and say, "Food doesn't define me as a good or bad human."
Positive self talk on a daily basis affirms our strength and power from the inside out. It is a systematic way to successfully change one’s thoughts and habits for life. Our way of viewing who we truly are will improve.