Cope With Your Emotions Without Using Food Man, this is a tough one. Food can be so comforting. In the moment anyway. Unfortunately, that cozy feeling of comfort associated with eating typically doesn't last and the underlying painful emotions do, especially when the core need is not being met. Can you even identify your core needs? Here are a few of my core needs...movement that feels good, quality human interactions, touch, to be seen and heard, to accept things as they are not as I wish them to be, help when I need it, raw joy just because.