It’s clear that if you want to have success in letting go of using food to cope you have to first address the connection you have with yourself. You have to love and regard yourself positively before you’ll really care enough about yourself to change your coping behaviours and make honoring choices around food and friendship and self-care.
Now, loving yourself doesn’t mean settling or saying that you like where you are right now. Not at all. Loving yourself means that you believe you are worthwhile. You believe you are deserving of being the best that you can be. That is loving yourself.