Life has conditioned us, from birth and perhaps before, to how we react to food. Imprint reactions, implicit memory, and conditioned responses, control much of our activities.
Expression of emotions is all great, but we need to take time to identify them and be able to identify them. Frustration. Lack of clarity of why we feel a particular feeling can make expression difficult. Emotional paucity. Repressed emotions. Isolation preference. Lack of attachment. All conditioned in according to Mate.