I also was an emotional eater.(like and alcoholic am only in recovery never cured
Reading the Dr Phil book helped a lot. I learnt about what self talk I do, to allow myself to eat, for emotional reasons and not hunger. Then how to change that thought with a positive one,so i didnt need to eat for eating sake.
I also, through doing the tasks in the book ,now understand that my most vulnerable time is when I'm tired and overworked. So now when i feel this way i do something else. Like take a bath, paint my nails have a facial or do some exercise. This way I get a similar feeling of warm fuzzies from the activity and not from my old friend"junk food"..
this has worked for me the majority of the time, but I am always learning , about listening to my body and when it is hungry and when it is stressed.
Eating low GI food also keeps my fuller longer ,so I dont have that high low drop in my blood sugar and go for the quick fix of sugary foods