Any reason to eat will do

I couldn’t see an alternative to eating because they had been walled off by my own mind. Those blind spots were the essence of my overeating.

“When I feel like this, there is no alternative but to eat,” is the generic version of a common overeater’s refrain. When I say it, I am usually sincere. I ate because I was sad, but also to celebrate. I ate because I had an unexpected weight gain, but also when I’d lost some weight. I never found a life event or emotion that I couldn’t turn into a reason to over eat. I try hard to give myself all the emotional support I require before I start thinking of food to do it for me.

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