Feelings are Meant to be Felt Not Fed

Emotional eating has the potential to derail even the most health focused of us, as we mentioned in group last night. One thing I've learned over the years is that it's okay to feel every emotion I have. They are mine to feel. They aren't good or bad. They just are. Somehow I thought I wasn't supposed to get angry, mad, or anxious--all those "bad" feelings. So, I used layer upon layer of cookies, ice cream, and chocolate to dampen or numb the feelings. What I've learned in these past 21 years is that it's okay to have every feeling I have. Mad, angry...the whole lot of them. My mantra became: Feel the feeling, don't feed it. In other words, feelings are meant to be felt, not fed.