The ego experiences separation from other people and creates
the fear at the root of your suffering, including your eating related
suffering. When you are identified with the ego instead
of the Wise Witness, you innocently make choices that are
contrary to your physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing.
You relate to food from your conditioning, and this
causes you to look for things from food that it cannot provide.
When you are aligned with the ego, you may overeat or eat the
wrong foods because your uninvestigated thoughts are mediating
between food and you. The ego tempts you with a thin sliver of
truth, the pleasurable aspect of eating, and filters out everything
else. Then, based on this slant, it creates desires and drives that
interfere with a simple and natural relationship with food. Those
desires and drives impel you to reach for food whether you’re
hungry or not, and before you know it, the pounds are piling on.