There is something about the emotional need to eat when things get stressful or unhappy. A lot of this is childhood conditioning. Both of my parents were heavy, dinner time was about the only family time we had, and my mother's response to any emotional upset was to solve it with food. While I can't put blame on my past, I do realize and accept how bad my emotional eating response was. Even though I have gone through a lot of emotional agony this cleanse, I have also come to some very clear revelations about myself and my behavior patterns. It will be a long struggle but I am stronger now than I was 10 days ago. Another thing, a moment of clarity if you will, is that I am not, indeed cannot, simply resolve to never eat certain foods. My goal is a healthy diet, mostly vegetables and fruits, with some lean meat and whole grains. However I want to gain the self discipline to occasionally enjoy a treat like cake or pie or pizza. These will be treats and not emotional food.
This scripture is the mindset I am trying to achieve about my food issues: All things are lawful unto me, but not all things are expedient: all things are lawful unto me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.(I Corinthians 6:12) To paraphrase this to fit the eating issue my goal is; I can eat anything I want, but I realize that not everything is good for me; I can eat whatever I want, but I will never be enslaved to food or the need for emotional eating again.