Hi, I am going to share what I have been doing to address the issue.
(Disclaimer: this is what I am doing in my personal life, I am sharing this information to offer ideas to others, I am not endorsing or pushing any particular sort of treatment).
Ok, so I see a therapist and a nutrition counselor (well, actually 2 but more on that later).
I have anxiety issues and that often triggers the emotional overeating. So I am working on ways to manage/reduce stress and anxiety in my life. I am also working to find strategies to deal with my eating specifically b/c I think that would be helpful.
I started with a nutrition counselor through a free program my job offers 2 years ago. Initially it was helpful but when my stress/anxiety levels went up, I had difficulty sticking to the program I kind of felt like this particular person wasn't as helpful as they could be. Since it's free, I stayed in communication and participate in the program at whatever level I am able to.
I started with the 2nd nutrition counselor b/c my primary Dr. suggested it and the service is covered by insurance. I feel slightly ridiculous, having two of them. But I am hoping that the new one will have some insights the other one doesn't, and either way I feel I need all the support I can get.
I use myfitnesspal to track my food intake. They have a food notes section, and I have been using that to document my feelings in regard to what I ate. So if I had a bad day, and ate a bunch of donuts I write about that. Or if I had a successful dinner out, where I didn't overeat, I make note of that. I am hoping that over time it will give me greater insight into my behavior so I can effectively modify it.
On the advice of both my therapist and 2nd nutrition counselor, I am seeking out support groups. So here I am on seven cups of tea :-)
I am also encouraged to exercise regularly, something I was doing and had gotten away from. Currently, I have added fitness activities to my calendar and now I just have to follow through.
A lot of people find having and exercise buddy helps (myself included) but I also think it is important to find ways to stay motivated to exercise on your own as people's schedule/lives change and it's good to be comfortable working out/being physically active on your own.
The big thing I am trying to work on right now, is having a better relationship with food. Nearly all my life, I have turned to food when things got difficult or I felt stressed/anxious/sad. I have other coping strategies to deal with my emotions, but time and time again I head back to food. And while it its all fine and dandy to talk about diet, avoiding "trigger foods", not keeping junk in the house, etc. the main issue is finding a way to not feel like I need to stuff a donut in my mouth everytime I get upset.
As a side note, I will mention I am looking to switch to a therapist that specializes in eating disorders. All the therapists I have seen so far have been/are generalists that deal with a broad range of issues. I am hoping more targeted therapy will have better results. So that is something to consider as well.
I am sorry if this post is rather long, I just wanted to share in the hopes someone will find the information useful,
Thanks, and I hope everyone has a good night.