I don't think this is going to be a positive post, but I'll go for it anyway. Apologies for negativity or any offense in advance.
What I'm in pain about now (do you have an hour?):
Hmmm. I'm in physical pain from head to toe, especially in knees, back, left rib area and head!
I'm in stress pain because I'm trying to write a story I don't have enough information about that has to be turned in tomorrow and I'm trying to get things together to start school to open the doors to a new career even though I'm too, too old to start over. I'm in weight pain because I gained another three pounds and can't stop eating, can't exercise because I'm in pain. I'm in pain because of the world situation and still in pain because of 9-11-01, for which closure has not yet been obtained. There's lots more, but I'll spare you!
Eating as a reaction to pain has lately become an everyday occurrence ... well, not exactly eating with me ... it's milk products I crave. I hit the convenience store on the way to and from jobs and end up with lots of bottles of dulce de leche milk (480 calories, 18 grams of fat per small bottle). Now, here's another really negative thing ... it actually does make me feel better. I can't say that it makes me feel terrible about myself, though it's putting weight on and clogging my arteries. Drinking all of this stuff that I want really helps me cope and I don't regret one calorie of it! There is no alternative thing that works as well and I do believe this is a valid use of food.
The trick now for me is to start cutting back and finding food alternatives to what has been working so well for me all week. I bought some dulce de leche yogurt and we'll see if that helps.
I'm going to stop, though ... soon!