If you’re like me, you (unfortunately) can find yourself eat for so many reasons other than hunger – but one of the most common reasons is boredom.
Boredom eating is one of the most dangerous times – because it can go on and on, even during times when we’re supposed to be taking care of ourselves, like nighttimes and on the weekend.
To stick with our health goals, it’s a good idea to try to distract yourself or do another activity if you’re finding yourself eating when you’re not really hungry.
Here are some example distractions – try one this week!
1. PAINT YOUR NAILS
When you’re nails are being painted and drying, you can’t reach into the bag of chips or pretzels! Here’s a pretty sparkly color.
2. PHONE A FRIEND
Talking on the phone, especially to someone who’s supporting your health and wellness goals, is an excellent distraction. Better yet, go for a walk while talking to get out of the house!
3. DO AN EXERCISE VIDEO
Choose an exercise video that you love – preferably one that takes all of your concentration like a dance video where you have to learn new moves! Body By Simone is one of my favorites – here’s a sample video workout from her!
4. PRACTICE MEDITATION
Becoming more mindful has huge benefits – especially during stressful times. Shift your focus to sustaining and feeding your spirit. Try an app like Headspace, Calm, or Simple Habit (just search the app store!). If you’re new to meditation, the book You Are a Badass explains it (and so many more super helpful concepts).
5. READ A BOOK OR A MAGAZINE
Reading takes much more concentration than watching TV – pick up a good book! I love a good mystery novel – really takes all your attention! I love Real Simple.
6. GET BACK TO, OR BUILD A NEW HOBBY!
Been wanting to get back into watercolor? Knitting? Even coloring in an adult coloring book? There’s never a perfect time to start – start now!
7. CLEAN A SINGLE ROOM
One room isn’t too much to handle at one time. When you’re finished, reassess your hunger!
8. TRY A FACE MASK
Trying different masks before your big day can be a good way to see which really makes your skin glow! Thanks to your suggestions, here are 3 of the best recommendations by you! BeautyCounter’s Charcoal Mask; Origin’s Charcoal Mask; and Lush’s Mask of Magnanimity.
9. PAMPER YOURSELF WITH A BATH OR A HOT SHOWER
You deserve to pamper yourself! Add in a sweet smelling bath bomb or bath salts.
10. TAKE A NAP
You may be tired – and when we’re tired, our bodies can’t actually tell the difference between hunger in order to stay awake, and actual hunger, so we end up eating too much. Of course, the best thing to do is to get enough sleep each night! 8 hours please!
If the feeling doesn’t pass, try some veggies with salsa, like carrots, cucumbers, etc. If you’re craving something hot, try microwaved versions of frozen veggies with grated Parmesan cheese on top!