We have always discussed emotional eating in our coaching sessions, and I've been very aware of how much emotional eating I have done in the past, but sometimes it really does creep up on you before you even realise it.
When my friend went through a rough time recently, my first thought was to get round there and spend some time with her. My second thought was to grab as many chocolately snacks to help her feel better.
It seemed like the most rational thing to do, a way that I have always dealt with upsetting or sad situations. After about a hour at my friends, it suddenly dawned on me that I was the only one eating the treats that I had brought - had I bought them to help my friend cope, or had I subconsciously bought them for me?
I don't know, but I felt really annoyed and upset with myself for doing it. All my friend wanted was to have her closest mates with her, and that's what we did. No one else brought a carrier bag full of snacks with them!
It just goes to show that when you think you've got it under control, sometimes you are thrown a curve ball to deal with.