When you try to push away your thoughts about specific foods or your desire to stress eat, a mental power struggle occurs. Take out the power struggle by gently recognizing that, yes, your urge to emotionally eat has been activated. Then deal with that by using the following dialogue as a model for your own internal dialogue.
catch: I need to find something to eat
release: Oh, there goes a thought about food.
catch: Mmmm. I wonder what kind of leftovers I could heat up?
release: Just because I'm thinking I need food doesn't mean I have to eat.
catch; You don't need it! You shouldn't be snacking, you pig!
release: That was a judgmental thought.
catch: A thought is just a thought, I don't have to buy it.
50 short nuggets in a small book just like these. I saw on Amazon that she also now has this in CD form. I agree with her that we should stop and take notice when we soothe ourselves with out food. Celebrate these victories. Tell someone, pat yourself on your back. yell out a big YES! I did it!