(Closed) Eating out of boredom

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i do this! sometimes i try sucking on a candy or chewing a piece of gum.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I do this too!  It didnt help that I used to sit next to my boss who ALWAYS has candy at her desk for everyone.  Bring in some healthy snacks (almonds, 100 calorie packs, etc).

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I do the same thing!  I find fat free yoplait usually satisfies my sweet tooth without too much damage… so do carrots and apple slices.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I drink a lot of water at work so I’m full and don’t want to eat. Or I eat 100 calorie pack.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I second drinking the water. Our bodies can actually misinterpret thirst as hunger. So trying drinking water, and if you are still hungry, snack on something healthy and filling – usually protein and carb based. You could try almonds, apple with cinnamon, yogurt, celery sticks with peanut butter – the key is to have healthy snacks on hand! Does your work have a fridge? You could bring some thigns to keep at work so you could make a healthy snack in a pinch – and avoid the dreaded coffee room! I used to work in an office job before nursing, and there were SOOOOO many temptations – everyday someone would bring in cake, cookies, doughnuts – where are the healthy snacks??

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

yes!  drink lots of water and don’t have food around…

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I do this way more than I would like to admit.  A couple things have helped to curb my boredom eating–bringin healthy low calorie snacks like apples, celery and carrots…and chewing gum!  Everytime I get the munchies but I know I’m not that hungry, I try to do one or the other to keep me occupied til meatlime!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

ergh, I am the worst boredom eater EVER. I’m not even hungry I just love eating. The only way to stop me is not having the bad things in the house to eat. My sweet cravings are after dinner, the worst time because you don’t burn them off. I second fat free yoghurt, it doesn’t beat cookies but it’s something!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have the same problem.  I wouldn’t go to the 100 calorie packs too much because it seems like whenever I eat those I eat a lot of them.  I try to drink a lot during the day, chew gum, or if I really have a craving for a snack, I get up and walk around for 5 minutes or so.  Usually it goes away in that time.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

One thing that’s worked for me is scheduling my snacks… so instead of thinking “I shouldn’t snack! No no no!” I can think “Peanut butter crackers and carrots in 45 minutes.” If you can routinely brush your teeth after snacking (not possible in every work setting!), that can help to define the end of snacktime, as well. I agree with other posters about lots of water!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

This may sound like a totally weird solution, but I banned all thoughts of calories, weight, grams of whatever… any message to myself of what I should and shouldn’t eat or should and shouldn’t weigh.  Stopped weighing myself and paying attention to anything besides what made me feel healthy. 

It took awhile to get used to (I had some disordered eating issues as well, so there was getting over that to do too), but I find that with very few exceptions I ONLY ever want to eat from true hunger now.  I was never much of an emotional eater, but definitely a boredom eater.  It’s gone now, whoo!

Post # 14
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Helper bee

@Rosie Girl i am on WB so i dont scarf down some snacks! It’s too early for dinner so im trying to keep myself busy hahah. But im on sparkpeople and am learning i don’t have too much room for snacks!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

I am a terrible boredom eater! It’s just another way for me to procrastinate!  I’m a boredom drinker too, my office has those coffee/tea/hot chocolate machines and I use them way too much!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree, bring good for you snacks, I bring chopped up carrots, almonds, and trail mix (the kind with JUST nuts and raisins no bad for you stuff)

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