A lot of the information that’s available out there doesn’t help either. Some diet programs tell you to cut back on fat and eat more fruits and vegetables. Others tell you to eat all the meat and bacon you want, as long as you stay away from most fruits and vegetables. I suspect that somewhere out there, someone has written a book describing the virtues of cake and ice cream as diet foods. So how do you know which foods to keep and which to eliminate?
Pinpoint your emotional triggers. Keep a food journal with details of what you have eaten, where you were, what you were thinking when you had the craving and how you felt when you ate the food. Note the patterns in your eating and emotional triggers such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, stress or anger. You can then find different strategies to cope with these feelings.