Eating the foods you love can sometimes leave you feeling worse than you expect. These foods might even be the most significant sources of pain in your life—physically, mentally, and emotionally. After indulging in a favorite food, take a moment to observe how you actually feel. Physically, you might notice bloating, fatigue, or discomfort. Mentally and emotionally, feelings of guilt or self-reproach might arise. Pay attention to how you talk to yourself during these moments. Are you harsh and critical, or supportive and understanding? Recognizing these patterns is the first step towards making changes that lead to a healthier relationship with food and with yourself.

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