I’ve found that, for me, the way to stop doing this was not to focus on the eating, but to focus on dealing with my emotions better. Then the eating took care of itself, and I almost never eat because of uncomfortable emotions now. I’m very lucky that this goal hasn’t been too hard for me.
SingingDetective has written 2 entries about this goal
I don’t know how it’s happened, but I’ve improved so much with this. I’m not putting it as ‘done’, cos I still do it a little sometimes. But something ‘clicked’ a few months ago, and things are much better. It’s like my brain realised that emotional eating just wasn’t going to help me. It’s been good to try and treat myself in other ways instead, like snuggling up under a duvet to read an easy book, giving myself time out. I’ve also found it helpful talking to my man when I feel stressed, and being open with him about emotional eating. I was ashamed of it before and tried to hide it. So, good luck to all the others working on this. I used to give myself such a hard time over this habit. Cutting myself some slack really helped.