I noted an interesting quote in one of Dr. Harris' responses to Prague Stepchild's post on food reward:
One thing I like about FR is what Sean hates - the fact that it brings in the messy mind/body thing. This helps me explain many of the failures of LC that I see, as well as to tie in emotional eating - cases where even Paul Jaminet could customize your diet down to the molecule and you would still get fat because you are using food literally as a drug- you are not really hungry in the food sense so much as the "I want to stimultate myself with something" sense. These people definitely exist. Iv'e seen many of them. You probably know some too if you think about it...
Well, I do know an emotional eater; I'm one myself. I've noticed a pattern where I sit at work with nothing to do (my job is alternating big chunks of frantically busy and absolutely nothing) and, despite not feeling actually hungry, I'll feel an almost irresistable compulsion to head to 7-11 or Walgreen's and buy some Reese's cups or a baggy of Doritos or something. High-calorie, hyperpalatable, nutritionally-bankrupt crap.
I don't feel the same compulsion to, say, go grab some meat or salad or even fruit.
This suggests to me that the hyperpalatable but low-quality food acts as a stimulus to me. This is an addiction/habit I feel I need to break, quickly.
Has anybody else had problems with this? Did you overcome it, and if so, how? I have tried "transferring" to more productive things, e.g. doing push-ups when I feel the Dorito craving, or drawing to occupy myself, and that doesn't seem to help.