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10 Tips to Stop Eating Out of Boredom

10 Tips to Stop Eating Out of Boredom

 

Do you ever eat simply because you’re bored?  I sure do!  I won’t even be hungry and I find myself strolling into the pantry for something to eat.

Today I’m sharing tips to help you to stop eating out of boredom.

 

  1. Time block your day and have a schedule.

    When you divide your day up unto blocks of time it doesn’t seem to drag on quite so long.  Be sure to have those blocks of time scheduled so you know what you’re supposed to be doing and how much time you have until the next scheduled activity.  This will prevent you from getting bored.

  2. Get out of the house.

    If you don’t have a job that takes you out of your house, plan something so that you get out at least once a day.  The monotony of staying inside all day can definitely cause you to get bored.

  3. Find something positive to do besides eat.

    Pick up a hobby that requires you to use your hands, such as knitting or crocheting.  This will keep your hands busy and prevent you from being able to eat.

  4. Drink a glass of water.

    Often times we mistake thirst for hunger.  Drink at least 8-10 ounces of water and wait it out to see if you’re really hungry.  If the hunger pangs have gone away, then don’t eat.

  5. Plate your food.

    Never eat directly from a bag or container.  Portion control is important and plating your food will prevent you from mindlessly overeating.

  6. Take a walk.

    When you start to feel yourself getting bored and wanting to eat, go outside and take a short walk.  The fresh air will do you good and will take your mind off of snacking.

  7. Read a book.

    Get your mind engrossed in your favorite book so that you’re no longer thinking about food.  Reading is a great distraction.

  8. Chew gum.

    Chewing gum will give you the same sensations that eating will and peppermint gum will help to curb your appetite.

  9. Add enjoyable activities to your day.

    Be sure to schedule things into your day that you enjoy doing.  You will look forward to these activities and they will help prevent boredom.

  10. Organize something.

    When you’re feeling bored, rather than grabbing a snack, find something to organize.  It could be your closet, a junk drawer or your purse.  Not only will it take your mind off of food, but you’ll be doing something productive.

The key thing is to learn when your body is truly hungry vs just bored.  In the event that you do end up eating, be sure to have heathy options on hand.  These choices may include things like carrots and hummus, popcorn, mixed nuts, cheese sticks, or celery and peanut butter.

 

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