Pritchett said some studies have found that self-affirmation can be helpful for people with addictive behaviors such as smoking. So if fat and sugar are your addictions, it's possible that self-affirmation could help.
But, Pritchett said, more research is needed to see whether the technique actually does help people cut down on junk food during stressful times.
She suggested some other tactics for combating "emotional eating" such as:
- Writing down what you eat, so you become aware of how your diet changes in response to stress.
- Thinking ahead and having healthy snacks on hand if you know you're going to be in a stressful situation.
- Trying noncaloric stress relievers such as taking a walk, soaking in a bubble bath or doing yoga.
The Mayo Clinic has more on emotional eating.
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