Do you use food, alcohol or another vice to buffer away negative emotions? Buffering is the attempt to avoid feeling bad by pursing false pleasures. The truth is, a truly authentic and full-life is a balance of positive and negative emotions. Recognizing and accepting this balance can help to avoid many of the pitfalls that undermine weight loss efforts. In this podcast, I discuss the very challenging concept that good and bad emotions are necessary and learning to accept and manage this balance is essential.