Part of the way forward for you will be to fully expect smoke-and-mirror illusions in those moments of temptation. For entirely honourable reasons, your limbic brain will try to trick and lie to you. It will do its best to deceive you into overeating all manner of “food” (and maybe real food, too!) to an undoubtedly immoderate degree.
The typical strategy is to count something – calories, points or carb grams – in an attempt to place some restriction on your intake. That silences the temptation for a while… until the rules start to get broken. Overeating resumes because you never did get to grips with the shenanigans of your conniving limbic brain in its “LET’S EAT!” mode.
This week Princes William and Harry spoke about what it was like for them to ignore their grief following the death of their mother. Breaking free from overeating is most certainly not the same as a process of grieving, but there is a lesson here for us. Ignoring a difficulty doesn’t make it go away, while facing a difficulty transforms it.