The refrigerator is never the solution

Four years ago this summer I began the journey to get my health back by choosing to wholeheartedly follow Eat to Live, and it’s been one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made in my life. 

Not only did I get my health back, the tranformation has had a rippling effect on my family, friends, community, and even complete strangers. As a result, many are now committed, or seriously considering, nutritarian eating for the rest of their lives also.

If I've learned anything these past four years, I've learned that food is NEVER a solution to any problem, stressed-filled day, or emotional high or low. Ever. If one turns to food, it magnifies problems, big time.


Emotional health is never achieved via the refrigerator, cupboard, or drive-thru, that's for sure.

No matter how much we try to keep stress out of our lives, we all have *stuff* to deal with on a daily basis . . . .it is called living life.

Life is full of ups and downs, joys and sorrows, pleasures and pains; it's what makes our lives interesting. We are who we are today due to the experiences that we've all lived through: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

We must separate food from this day-to-day stuff that we experience. If we don't, we are undone. 

  • Are you thrilled and happy? Gather some friends and dance to some lively music! Play games together, tell jokes and stories. Enjoy life; don’t abuse your body with food.
  • Are you down-in-the-dumps? Go to bed early. Problems always look different after a nap or a good night’s sleep. Get help from supportive individuals; don’t abuse your body with food.
  • Are you overbooked with too many responsibilities on your plate? Schedule an appointment with a professional counselor or life coach to help you prioritize, develop a workable solution, and whittle away unnecessary tasks; don’t abuse your body with food.
  • Are you overcome with grief? Cry until you have no more tears. It’s okay to cry. Sometimes life gets unbearable and emotional pain goes deep. Call trusted friends. Close friends want to help you and be there for you; don’t abuse your body with food.

Abusing one's body with food, complicates problems, enhances sorrows, and adds an extra layer of fragility and tragedy to life. Addictive food and drugs are never a solution.

You'll be pleasantly surprised just how fulfilling your life really is as you allow the up-and-downs of life polish and refine you; instead of escaping to the refrigerator, cupboard, or drive-thru.

Cheers of the best health that’s possible to all ~ through all of life's circumstances!


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Kristie - June 14, 2012 8:30 AM

Thank you Emily! I know sometimes its real simple the solutions but sometimes in the moment you are not thinking about what to do. Just the food! Anyway I printed this off to hang up on my fridge for a reminder! Thanks again!

Kathryn from Sydney, Australia - June 14, 2012 8:33 AM

Thankyou Emily, wise words.
The way my eating has been going lately, I've been thinking I should just park the refrigerator next to my bed ... but now I think I'll leave it where it is, in the kitchen, and printout this wonderful blog of yours and hang it on the fridge door.
Definitely a much better idea!

Dorothy - June 14, 2012 9:05 AM

Great advice as ever Emily. Rest, talk, share, pray but do not turn to food, I agree.


lark - June 14, 2012 10:28 AM

Thank you Emily. This is just what I needed today.
Due to something that has made me profoundly sad I have been struggling with not feeding my sorrow with food.
I'll keep your words in mind as I move throught the next weeks.
And not numb my mind and body with a junk food fix.

mike crosby - June 14, 2012 10:29 AM

Cheers to you Emily. Keep these wonderful articles coming. The more I read from you, the more I realize one must daily walk the walk.

At night when I'm in the mood to munch on something, I go look in the fridge and then the cupboards, finding nothing that I particularly want to eat. Then, poor me, I feel sorry for myself.

Yes, I'm smiling as I write this because I realize how stupid it is. Nevertheless, that is the case, and I hope to recall your wise words. Thank you.

Tessa Hill - June 14, 2012 11:50 AM

Great article! You were a beautiful example of excellent HEALTH on the Dr. Oz show!

pat - June 14, 2012 12:42 PM

Thank you for being such a great example and inspiration, Emily! I always enjoy reading your posts that keep me on the right path!

Theresa Anderson - June 14, 2012 7:41 PM

Dear never cease to amaze me with your words. You are an artist on many levels.
I was enriched by your words. Every one of us can relate to each category of joy or sorrow you present and most of us I am sure have experienced something good or bad very recently. For me, it was the passing of my mother in May. She passed away too soon she had lots of things she wanted to do. We never know what is going to happen next, but if we live according to the dictates of nutritional wisdom, we will remove lots of uncertainty from our lives in many areas. Like you pointed out..not only was your health transformed, but your whole life. Thank you..

Mary - June 14, 2012 7:52 PM

I agree with the above comments, Emily. You are truly an inspiration to me! I have been following ETL for over 2 weeks now, and am doing well. However, I am anxious about a business trip I must make to Kentucky next week. I looked on the hotel's website and printed out the restaurant menus of the nearby restaurants (I won't have a car), and tried to pick out Nutritarian things (as close as I could come to Nutritarian items). I also requested a mini fridge for the room, so I can store water and fruit, and maybe nuts in there. If you could load your trunk with the contents of your fridge's fruit and vegetable drawers, then I can be successful on the road, as well! You are an inspiration, Emily! Praying for you!!

Julianne Rowland - June 14, 2012 8:06 PM

Wonderful post, Emily. I am sure your words will ring true to many. Keep up the inspirational work!

Marty Schumacher - June 14, 2012 10:10 PM

Thanks Emily,
I saw you on Dr.Oz and you just glow!! I am trying:( to do the 6 week program and needed to hear this because I keep slipping with fat salt and sugar. I let myself indulge and then regret it. I did reduce my salt big time. And then I had a day when I could really taste the veggie flavor all by itself. I have to go back to that.
Thank you for sharing. I need all the encouragement I can get!!!

Caroline Israel - June 14, 2012 11:38 PM

Emotional eating certainly must be dealt with in order to overcome compulsive eating. Great post!

Julianne Rowland - June 16, 2012 8:29 PM

Wonderful post, Emily. I am sure your words will ring true to many. Keep up the inspirational work!

ann fuller - September 5, 2013 2:03 PM

Thank you! Its going up on my fridge!

In reading a book on meditation by a great Tai master, junk food
Is referred to as BAIT. It hooks you and prevents you from becoming mentally free.

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