Have you ever downed an entire bag of chips or cookies? Ate a quart of ice cream, or an entire pizza or cake until you felt sick? Drank one too many glasses of wine or liquor? Do you remember how you were feeling at the time? I ask because sometimes we overeat or drink to help distract us from emotional pain or stress. Think about it—have you noticed that sometimes when you overeat you’re not hungry at all? What you are is lonely, angry, sad, stressed, frustrated, tired, bored, or something else. So I encourage you to HALT (hungry, angry, lonely, tired) and check in with what you're really feeling. Wouldn’t it be more effective to pause, tap into your emotions, and address the real issue?