Take a moment and offer yourself some empathy and compassion. Give yourself some acknowledgement for all that you have experienced, for the load that you have been carrying in the form of past experiences or fears about the future. If you can, express your appreciation for your strength and resiliency in the face of all that you are carrying. Take this opportunity to acknowledge the magnitude of what you are dealing with in terms of unfinished business. It makes sense for you to feel overwhelmed and want to tune out with food.
For those of you who are not quite ready to be so generous with yourselves or perhaps fear that offering yourself some validation and support will make you weak and complacent, it is okay. Let yourself hang on to your resistance to this self-compassion. Just let it be okay to be as resistant as you are to cutting yourself any slack.