Vanderbilt University psychology department conducted a study on emotional eating and determined that "meals eaten in positive and negative moods were significantly larger than meals eaten in a neutral mood." Why is this? This website explains it all--read it. Now.
The last few days for me have been very emotional: I cried into my pillow, I cried in the car, I cried at work (which is very embarrassing), and I cried into the arms of my hubby. What I didn't do--which is HUGE for me--is eat. Normally I would find chocolate (ANY chocolate) and stuff myself until thusly I could eat no more. Food is everywhere--the vending machine at work, the snacks my coworkers bring in and offer to share, the piles of goodies in the pantry at home. It's so easy to wave the white flag and stuff ourselves until the only pain we feel is stomach pain.
It's important to recognize and work through our emotions instead of pushing them aside. So, what do you do instead of eating? Go on a walk. Run in the rain (Karlie :). Take a warm bath or shower. Spend time with a loved one. For me, music is very therapeutic. There is a song for every emotion and situation. There are songs that make you think in ways you hadn't thought before. There are songs that work miracles.
This is the song I've been singing in my soul for the last few days.