Your negative self-talk is a coping strategy. It is simply a tool you use to try to create a sense of control and security in a situation which triggers you to feel unsettled. At the start of your recovery process and while you are learning to be connected to your feelings and needs in the present, there are lots of reasons for you to be feeling anxious or using your harmful coping strategies.
There is a definite correlation between the unsettling present moment experience, future thought, or memory and your negative self-talk, feelings of anxiety and use of food and body focus. The sooner you understand this, the sooner you will catch yourself heading down any of those old harmful paths and redirect your course to what is really going on. Underlying issues are what trigger coping strategies. Once you set about the task of identifying what those underlying triggers are and heal them, you’ll be free from the Drill Sgt., the old core beliefs, and the use of food to cope.