Post # 1
I recently started a food journal to track my eating triggers for weight loss and noticed every time I get bored I eat. Sometimes I’m not even thinking of food, taste or feeling hungry but once the boredom hits everything changes. It’s like my mind can’t accept not thinking about something and my body can’t relax if I’m not doing something very engaging. I develope a physical need to eat once I’m bored.
I really can’t explain it aside from boredom creating a reflex within my body to fill that time with eating. I’ve read that sometimes smokers don’t actually crave a physical cigarette but rather miss the act of toking on something when attempting to quit smoking. Has anyone felt this way about eating triggers or am I crazy? What helped you overcome the trigger?
Post # 2
bluesparkles: Same, boredom is mine. I’m actually the opposite of an emotional eater, when I’m emotional I lose my appetite entirely. I’ve heard that if you are a bored eater that eating something labor intensive will help, that way you are doing something but actually eating very little. Something like shelled pistachios would fit that bill.
Post # 3
Drink tea! I noticed that I like to “munch” at the end of the day (or between meals, really all the time) so I started getting different kinds of tea and having those instead. It really helps a ton and I don’t feel “deprived,” I just want something with flavor when I’m watching bride night on TV (like now). Not all have caffeine since I only drink that in the morning.
Post # 4
My mom and I are both bored eaters. She started knitting and I started crocheting. Doesn’t take a lot of thought so I can do it while I watch tv, but it keeps my hands busy and I don’t eat!