Southern California psychiatrist David Viscott said that eating to cope with feelings is like applying ice cream to a wound. Using a substitute for a real solution cannot solve a problem. Whenever I find myself wanting to eat more than I need or wanting to eat less healthfully, I try to stop and become aware of what’s going on—to look honestly at the situation.
· What is causing me to want to eat or overeat?
· What do I think food can do for me right now?
· Am I behaving like a hungry ghost, unable to fill the real void inside me?
· Am I tired or anxious and looking for escape or extra energy, or am I bored and looking for pleasure?
· Do I understand myself and the situation?
· Am I seeing things as they really are?
· Is there a real solution to this temporary problem?