Write your feelings out on paper, read a book, or listen to music before reaching for the gallon of ice cream. Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D. of Psychology Today wrote that distractions are keys in overcoming emotional eating.
“When you eat during a negative emotion you are distracting yourself, which does not allow the feeling to run its course. The next time you have an overwhelming emotion, I challenge you to just experience it, making no action to prevent it. Notice how it eventually subsides. By using food to escape from bad feelings you will never discover that you can tolerate bad feelings and that they will subside.”