Make Yourself Happy Without Eating

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By: , – By Beth Donovan
6/17/2011 2:00 PM   :  60 comments   :  17,881 Views

Sometimes healthy eating gets you down,
Seeing no-good-goodies all around,
Feeling like you shouldn’t eat,
Well, here’s how to smile without a treat...
Have a nice long bubble bath,
To wash away the day’s aftermath,
Take the kids to the park and play,
Hide-n-Seek is fun any day,
Take a walk on a sunny afternoon,
And smell the flowers bloom in June,
Buy some jeans, that perfect pair,
The kind you want to where everywhere,
Get some candles with fragrant delights,
Keep them around for lackluster nights,
See a funny movie with your best friend,
And belly laugh ‘til the very end,
Skip the popcorn, skip the candy,
Be sure and keep your water handy,
Shop at the mall, shop all day,
It’s exercise that gets you out and away,
Look for shells or coins or rocks,
Run barefoot without your shoes or socks,
Live your life and dance in the sun,
Smile each day take that run,
Or simply sit and rock really fast,
Just get that heart beating at last,
Build a sandcastle on a sunny day,
Watch the water wash it away,
Admire your strength and beautiful self,
And stop putting you up on that shelf,
Smile because you’re truly happy friend,
And food can’t give you that in the end.

My personal ways of making myself happy without eating include spending time with my best friends who can make me laugh when there is nothing to laugh about. Friends are your rocks in the storm. If you have difficulty making them in real life, SparkPeople has a great support system.

Another favorite way I make myself smile is to watch a movie. A good comedy always gets me going.

Planting flowers, decorating, or creating something always makes me feel good. I love beauty.

Doing good for others is something that will warm your heart every time and put some pep in your step.

Pets are invaluable. They are comedians, confidants, and companions. They can cheer you or sympathize.

Whatever you may choose to be happy without eating, be sure you like it. What works for one person may not work for another. May you find much happiness and fewer calories.

How do you make yourself happy without eating?


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Comments

  • 60
    This is the perfect way to outsmart temptations! Food is not the only prize, in many ways it is not a prize at all. Enjoy the life you have by moving the way you want! - 7/21/2011   11:06:14 PM
  • 59
    This was my routine 40 some years ago, now it is only when my grandchild and one great grandchild are around or I am around them. Food does not make me happy, because it is easy for me to go over board. Age does have its draw backs. Excellent Blog. Advance this for those with limited mobility. Love your writing. - 6/26/2011   11:34:27 PM
  • 58
    I love to take walks in nature, peaceful and serine!.. Spending time with my kiddos at the beach, playing memory games with my son... watching the sunrise, ans set... I am learning to love to exersize in the morning! Thank you for the story, it was very inspiring! - 6/23/2011   6:01:32 PM
  • 57
    Going to the cafe and getting a bottled water with lemon, and enjoying the smell of the coffee and treats, the live music, the couch I can still curl up on with a book, and just enjoy being there in that place. - 6/23/2011   2:55:08 AM
  • 56
    turbo fire - 6/21/2011   8:13:35 PM
  • 55
    love, love, love this!! - 6/21/2011   5:19:42 PM
  • 54
    this is truly a lovely post
    ty for sharing - 6/21/2011   3:26:04 AM
  • 53
    My husband is slowly reteaching me it's okay to sing, loudly and off-key. - 6/20/2011   1:59:42 PM
  • WINEDINETRAVEL
    52
    Sometimes, it's cleaning house. The satisfaction of having a clean house makes me happy! - 6/20/2011   11:41:27 AM
  • 51
    Great ideas. I love to play and go for walks with my dogs. Sitting outside and reading is another way I can stay away from food. - 6/20/2011   10:59:21 AM
  • 50
    It was very enjoyable and enlightening to read your blog today. You have given me many ideas on how to substitute fun for food. Thanks! - 6/20/2011   10:34:46 AM
  • 49
    Doing something active with my family instead of going out to eat.
    - 6/20/2011   10:28:50 AM
  • PAMROPER
    48
    I like to take a walk, work on a crochet project, or put on some great music. My favorite thing to do is brush my dog and/or my cat when I need a little pep. I can totally focus on them and seeing how much they enjoy it makes me happy too. - 6/20/2011   9:30:57 AM
  • 47
    Really enjoyed this entry--thanks - 6/20/2011   7:40:49 AM
  • 46
    Great entry. I collect inspirational poems, quotations, and ideas and try to focus on them. Music is also great. - 6/20/2011   12:24:34 AM
  • 45
    I loved this poem. I enjoy getting my hair done, walking the dog, biking, shopping, reading and taking bubble baths. I also like to go out with my friends to catch a good movie. Above all, I enjoy having fun with my daughter (on the days she still likes me...she's aproaching teenager status and loves to roll her eyes and slam doors.) - 6/19/2011   11:36:38 PM
  • 44
    Great post! Going for a walk either alone or with my roommate and her dog; feeling the sun on me always lifts my spirits. Accomplishing something, learning anything, watching comedies, reading inspirational stories on SP, hanging out with family and friends, rearranging/adding to my apartment, and buying fresh and bright flowers just for me! (and MUCH better than a candy dish in the house!) - 6/19/2011   8:02:55 PM
  • SU5HIP3NGUIN
    43
    Great post! I usually put in a good movie or watch videos on YouTube. If I'm in a party atmosphere, I fix a small sampling and then try and engage in conversation (not an easy thing for me but I'm trying). - 6/19/2011   6:28:23 PM
  • MFLEESAK
    42
    One way I get through parties and family events is to sit next to someone I really like and focus on our conversation and not the food. That make me happy. - 6/19/2011   12:16:22 PM
  • 41
    This is great advice when you're on your own and need a distraction. I need help for party situations. I was at a grad party yesterday and got bored (even in crowds, with family or friends, I can still get "bored" with the people; it WAS my in-laws side of the fam, though, too) and I think I just started munching and munching on the food left out because I didn't have a desire to chit-chat and I didn't have anything else to do. - 6/19/2011   11:46:12 AM
  • 40
    I love the feeling I get when I finally tackle something I have been putting off for weeks. I just love getting things done on my to-do list! Even if it is something that wasn't on my to-do list until after I had already completed it. ;) - 6/19/2011   11:33:05 AM
  • ALIENFRIEND7
    39
    I knit or crochet. - 6/19/2011   8:45:28 AM
  • 38
    I loved this poem/song...just wonderful!!!! Music from the 60's and 70's always picks me up and keeps me from getting bored and looking for food! - 6/18/2011   11:56:44 PM
  • 1BEACHWALKER
    37
    Sparkpeople is what keeps me going! Makes me smile everyday! Of course, I have a great life on the outside, but this is what has me really going right now, since SP has helped me with my weight loss and in return makes me happy all the time! Food is just a fuel for my body and even though I have moments sometimes of the old self flashing through, I trudge on knowing how much better I feel by not overeating! Good job Beth on another great blog! - 6/18/2011   11:41:12 PM
  • 36
    I crochet or sometimes I'll leave the house! If the temptation is really strong I might turn on a movie and crochet to keep my hands and mind busy. - 6/18/2011   10:11:48 PM
  • 35
    That was really great! Like the catchy song that you can not get out of your head and you keep singing it all day because it makes you feel better. THANKs! - 6/18/2011   9:35:28 PM
  • LQUEST4754
    34
    Thank you for the suggestions! I am going to start my own list! - 6/18/2011   9:04:57 PM
  • 33
    Beth, Great Ideas!!!! Thanks for the input! - 6/18/2011   5:11:46 PM
  • SANDIRYAN
    32
    Thanks, Beth, for all the suggestions!

    I keep myself happy by buying the most beautiful produce, then bringing it home and revelling in its goodness. I also love walking with my husband in the morning, when the birds sing joyously, even if the sun doesn't shine. You'd be amazed at what some of our talks lead to! And don't ever forget, sex, too, is exercise--and happiness!
    - 6/18/2011   12:50:06 PM
  • 31
    Poems are a great way to get your point across, thanks. - 6/18/2011   12:16:24 PM
  • 30
    Great blog Beth. I keep a journal of random thoughts. One of my headings is "Things I Love, In No Particular Order". Reading your blog, made me sit back and think of some new things to add to my list! (one of them was sandcastles- thanks for reminding me how much I love sandcastles!) One of the ways I reward myself is to cruise around on Sparkpeople.com. The more time I spend here, the more I feel a part of the community - it really helps me maintain my healthy living determination! - 6/18/2011   11:51:33 AM
  • 29
    Food is neither a friend or an enemy. Merely fuel for my body. If i overeat I am just spilling the fuel on the ground. Great blog - 6/18/2011   11:30:25 AM
  • 28
    You mentioned many of the things I enjoy doing now.
    In my former "fat" life, my world revolved around food.
    Now I have so many interesting things to do to keep busy
    and food is just for maintaining my body.
    So don't live to eat, eat to live.
    I find my friends and how we connect an important part of my life.
    Once I understood my food addication and addressed it, every other aspect of my life started to fall into place. - 6/18/2011   10:04:36 AM
  • 27
    This is truly heart warming and reminds me of just how important it is to plain ol enjoy life and what it has to offer. - 6/18/2011   9:46:26 AM
  • 26
    What a cool blog! Loved the song and will share it with my sister in WV. Hopefully she will take it to heart. - 6/18/2011   9:24:40 AM
  • MEG518
    25
    You and others have covered so many of the things that make me happy, and I appreciate the reminders! I'll add calling a friend to chat or having a date with my husband. Also whenever I have the opportunity to help out at our local homeless shelter I am happy. Even if I'm preparing a meal I don't think about food for me when I realize the situations of those I'm feeding. I am always reminded to be thankful of my blessings when I am there and of course counting my blessings makes me happy! - 6/18/2011   9:06:07 AM
  • DONHARCHC
    24
    Exercising to great music - 6/18/2011   9:01:31 AM
  • 23
    I love your poem and think that distracting yourself with happiness is a totally wonderful idea!!! Your friends are lucky to have your... cause you rock ;) - 6/18/2011   8:58:48 AM
  • 22
    Eating does not make me happy. - 6/18/2011   8:55:00 AM
  • MOMHURLEY2
    21
    As a child growing up in a family where everything revolved around food I want to be a good example to my children and steer them away from this. Thanks for the ideas. We CAN go to the park WITHOUT getting ice cream afterwards! - 6/18/2011   8:03:21 AM
  • 20
    reading, music, playing with my dog (Scooters), say affirmations to myself.
    Lovely post :) - 6/18/2011   7:29:44 AM
  • 19
    Thank yu for more ideas I like walking and watching the birds just taking a bottle of water and a piece fruit lol - 6/18/2011   6:47:48 AM
  • 18
    I ENJOYED READING THIS, thanks for sharing - 6/18/2011   5:13:39 AM
  • 17
    Thanks for all the great reminders that life is supposed to be fun. - 6/18/2011   4:08:05 AM
  • 16
    I read Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of NOW" so I'm always happy since I know that this is the only life I'll ever have and I enjoy every single day. - 6/18/2011   12:22:06 AM
  • 15
    Thank you! Great ideas. - 6/18/2011   12:06:01 AM
  • 14
    Thanks for the reminder! Food isn't everything; once you eat that $7 plate of tiramisu, it is gone. Bought a jump rope on Amazon yesterday for the same price. And guess what; it won't add weight to my body. I make myself happy by reading a good book, knitting a sweater for my dog, or taking her for a walk in the green belt. - 6/17/2011   11:39:32 PM
  • 13
    I really like this blog. A great reminder of all the wonderful simplicities of life. I want to remember to do these things instead of always using food as pleasure or for any of life's emotions. - 6/17/2011   11:14:16 PM
  • 12
    I love to turn on my Ipod and go to it on the eliptical machine. I stay focused and the music makes me want to work harder. - 6/17/2011   9:36:04 PM
  • TAMMYJ0228
    11
    music and art - 6/17/2011   7:48:15 PM

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