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Cure for Boredom Eating

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I will be the first to admit that over the past 30 years I have done a lot of eating because I am bored. Living in a western society like we do with a vast array of things to do, see, and experience one has to ask - WHY do we choose to eat when we are bored? I think there are several contributing factors.

1) Food is easily accessible.
2) Food is pleasing on the tongue, in the gut, and to our brain.
3) Overeaters tend to be "oral" people.
4) Habit - It's what we did before so we do it again.

As the weight is coming off my life is returning to a more normal activity level and as I find myself getting busier I find I eat less from boredom. Also, if my hands are busy they can't be shoveling food into my mouth so the key here is to find something to cure your boredom that won't also allow you to eat.


Needlework (you don't want to get food on your yarn or cross stitch fabric)
Painting, Drawing, Sculpting
Gardening (who wants to eat with muddy hands?)
Exercise & Wii (get moving and keep those hands busy too - grab some dumbbells)
Remodeling (Painting, papering, moving furniture, spring cleaning)
Nature Photography - get out there with your camera and capture SPRING!
Volunteer Work - Habitat for Humanity, Parks & Recreation Programs, Litter Pickup
Dog-walking (volunteer to walk your neighbor's dogs)

As you see you have to choose pastimes that are not seated (i.e. reading a book) as then you can still SHOVEL food into your mouth. The key is to keep those hands busy too!

Try to do something today to BEAT boredom without FOOD!

Press On!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
69BOBBIEB 8/8/2011 4:14PM

    If you are a book lover like myself "stand up" I am less apt to do things like munch when my hands are full! There is no rule about reading and sitting ........ emoticon

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JODIWHITE19 4/20/2011 12:07AM

    Fantastic Blog emoticon

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POTAYTERR 4/19/2011 10:08PM

  Wow, those are awesome tips! Thanks!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/19/2011 10:51AM

    Great ideas... Any one who wants to walk my dog is welcome to do so... Just saying. My dog is a walkaholic. Volunteering is a good thing so come on over & walk my dog.

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CHRISTINCOTA86 4/19/2011 5:06AM

    One other thing, not so much a hobby or anything though, is to brush and floss and rinse after dinner. You are less likely to want to eat once your mouth feels so good.

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    I love the ideas, thank you!!!

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MELLY3183 4/9/2011 11:25PM

    I like to knit. I eat out of boredom mostly @ work and they discourage getting up unless its a break. but, I try to challenge myself. (yeah, talk to myself way too much in my cube). Idle Hands are never good.

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NVRGIVINGUP 4/9/2011 7:01PM

    Thank you for sharing this tidbit of wisdom...It is excellent and I am going to use this to help me on my journey here!

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TOKIOMOON13 4/9/2011 6:51PM

  Great blog! It finally gave me some ideas i could do!!!!!! U HAVE GIVEN ME INSPIRATION! hahaha, thnk u thnk u thnk u

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LYNN2BTHIN 4/9/2011 4:24PM

    A lot of my evening/night time eating was out of boredom!! I have got much better about it though. Thanks for some other ideas.

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JAK106 4/8/2011 10:04AM

    Great information! emoticon

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POPPYPENN 4/8/2011 6:12AM

    Good ideas! You can also paint your nails.

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LIOCORO 4/8/2011 4:10AM

    This is so true! I am such a boredom eater ... thanks for the ideas!

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MTPOETNH 4/7/2011 11:24PM

    Excellent advice for a very common problem. Appreciated your sharing. emoticon

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/7/2011 9:32PM

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TWEETIBEAR 4/6/2011 11:57AM

    You've hit the nail on the head...again. Thanks!

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LYNMEINDERS 4/6/2011 3:37AM

    Brilliant....all things I know but nice to read them again and be reminded

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NEW-CAZ 4/6/2011 3:27AM

    thanks for sharing your tips- I used to eat when bored and remember what a hard habit it was to break but I did.............. emoticon

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MIZZKALLIE 4/6/2011 1:06AM

    I definitely eat when bored...or procrastinating. Good ideas! Thanks for posting!

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LINDA! 4/5/2011 11:57PM

    Very good ideas. I don't eat while using the computer so I don't get anything on it.

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LUBAML 4/5/2011 11:11PM

    That is great blog! Keep on with the good ideas and thanks for sharing! emoticon Luba

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MRSCRITTERS 4/5/2011 9:20PM

    I am very much a boredom eater!! thanks for sharing your tips and advice emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 4/5/2011 6:44PM

    I am out so much I have to make time to just stop and eat and sometimes eat on the run.


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KAZ814 4/5/2011 6:38PM

    Good points! :D Thanks for sharing!

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SUSIEPH1 4/5/2011 6:16PM

    Great blog!! emoticon

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CAROLJ35 4/5/2011 5:45PM

    Guess I am odd in that I am always busy, never bored or depressed, and always have more planned for the day than I can possibly get done. Thought that after I retired I would have spare time, but that never seems to be the case. I certainly can't blame my eating on boredom, more on stress. Just have never been thin.

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KIRANICSMOM 4/5/2011 3:47PM

    I really like the different ideas of what to do with your hands. I agree who wants to get there hobby work all nasty with food crumbs!

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HUNNNYBEE 4/5/2011 3:46PM

    Excellent suggestions! :) Thanks!


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STARRLYTE 4/5/2011 2:52PM

    boredom leads to the pantry and staring blankly into the fridge... I have also been trying to find things to keep myself busy...

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CSDAYS 4/5/2011 2:11PM

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