“We human beings have many feelings, both positive and negative. Some people tend to eat more when they’re joyful, while others tend to eat less. Some people eat when they are sad or upset as a way of eating their feelings, hoping the feelings will go away. Food becomes a craving then, rather than a source of nourishment. If we don’t attempt to look deeply to understand our craving, it will grow. When we take the time to take care of our emotions with mindfulness and compassion, then we can just eat. We can enjoy our food without craving and develop a healthy and positive relationship to eating.”
— Thích Nhất Hạnh
This quote came from the book, How to Eat, by Thích Nhất Hạnh. Each page has just one or two paragraphs which offer an abundance of wisdom about taking a mindful approach to eating. I find comfort and encouragement in his gentle words.