My first day of eating only in food areas went really well. I think being very conscious of wanting to do this and further, of wanting to report my success here, made it relatively easy. In addition to sitting at the dining room table whenever I ate or drank anything, I also didn't combine eating and drinking with other stimuli (like reading, watching TV, or checking email). I also focused on eating a paleo diet (no grain, sugar, beans, or dairy) and recorded everything I consumed on The Daily Plate to keep track of calories and the proportion of fat, carbs, and protein in a general way. I find eating without any distractions to be incredibly boring, and I consider that positive. I found to my surprise and delight that I had absolutely no desire to overeat because I wanted to get the eating experience over and done with so I could return to more interesting activities that I would normally either pair with eating (surfing the Web) or that have nothing to do with eating (taking a walk). I actually had a very stressful day, and I did notice I was in a much worse mood for a much longer time than if I'd let myself escape into a calming, carby haze. What I'm proud of is that even though I considered having something sugary or starchy as a way to calm down, I used a chair massager for about 10 minutes instead and that really helped me get through a difficult moment and regain my resolve. I usually don't feel I can take that kind of control when I'm in the grip of a bad mood, but it really didn't take a supreme effort.