Last friday night, I was at home having a glass of wine (which is what I often do on a friday evening). As I was sitting and enjoying my glass of wine, I opened my mail and read a letter that I was expecting from an organisation that I am currently having problems with. Not surprisingly, the contents of the letter were not to my liking and I felt very annoyed. At this point, instead of sticking to my usual one glass of wine as planned, I thought "#$%@ it, I'm going to have another one". So I did.
I was reflecting on this experience this morning and I realised:
1. I had a second drink purely due to feeling angry.
2. The second glass of wine really did not make me feel any better as I was too annoyed to fully enjoy it.
3. I was allowing the organisation get the better of me.
So the idea popped into my head that next time I decide to drink/eat something I hadn't planned on, due to some event or person that has affected my emotions, I will say to myself with confidence and power that
"I choose not to eat or drink as a result of X making me feel Y".
So in the above example I could have said "I choose not to have another drink because XYZ organisation has annoyed me". I just allowed the XYZ organisation to impact on me in a negative way and that resulted in emotional eating (or emotional drinking in this case). If I actively choose not to let events or people impact on my emotions to the degree that I engage in emotional eating or drinking as a way of managing emotions, I will feel a lot more empowered and I will be able to enjoy the food and drink I consume more! That sounds great to me!