I knew that by using food to submerge and deal with emotion that I was hiding emotion, and that when I quit "eating my feelings" that emotions would emerge, and they have. The biggest surprise to me about my life without food as a buffer is that the emotion that was hiding the most was how happy I am with the people in my life, especially my wife and children.
When we were first married I was so overjoyed by how marriage was even better than I dreamed possible that I had to tell someone, so I would talk to my wife while she was asleep, telling her just how wonderful she was. She learned to just go back to sleep if she heard me talking at night. I still do that some times. It has always been so good just to have her there.