Eating because you're bored...

LoveBug721 LoveBug721
I have a really bad habit of eating when I'm bored. Does anyone else have this problem? Any tips on how to control it?
06/14/2012
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nanamondoute nanamondoute
I totally do...it's horrible. I try to just do other stuff. I think exercising will actually help -- I've realized when I exercise, I get less hungry.
06/15/2012
Mwar Mwar
I try and get out of the house. If that doesn't work, I try and find ways to keep distracted. Whether a good book, good conversation, hobby, study, work, whatever.

A real good one if you're doing this mostly at home: Don't buy unhealthy foods or snack foods. If you don't buy it, you won't eat it. If you must have snacks, find healthy alternatives. Yogurt is great for something sweet. Lactose intolerant? Try a tangerine, banana, or even Fiber One granola bars. Want salt? Goldfish, cottage cheese, freshly made popcorn (no butter!) and green pea chips are great.

Also, if snacking, don't take the whole bag. Only take out a handful or little baggie full and put the package away. We eat more of something the bigger the container we eat from (there are studies on this, I bet it would come up on Google).

Another good one: hide the unhealthier things out of site. If you don't see it, you wont eat it. Example: I love me some girl scout cookies (Samoas!). I purposely put them in the depths of my frige so I will only eat one when I specifically think about it, not on a whim.

Hope these help!
06/15/2012
Rossie Rossie
Never. I only eat when I'm hungry. I might sometimes snack on a few low-sodium potato chips in between meals, but that's because I'm hungry, especially in the cold weather.
06/15/2012
js250 js250
I used to after I had my daughter. I quit by using hard candies and lollipops. It was the only thing I allowed myself when I was bored. I do not do that at all anymore--for about 17 years, actually.
06/15/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
I have this problem sometimes. I find the best thing to do is eat on a schedule. So I have specific times that I eat. If I'm super hungry in between I'll have a small snack, but that's rare. I try to eat every three hours or so to make sure I'm not starving myself. By doing this, I make sure I'm not eating because I'm bored or depressed or what have you.
06/15/2012
Beck Beck
I'll eat when I am bored, but usually that is on my period. I just feel like I am starving when I am on my period. I usually crave things too. I just figure my body is telling me I need something that food gives me. Like I crave red meat, because of the iron. I crave milk because of the Vitamin D.
06/15/2012
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