Congratulations with your success of no chips for many-a-day!
The longer we forego such "desirable" foods the less they have a hold on us. And when tried again we often find that those "yummy" treats have undergone a "recipe changed" &, thus, the once "must have" food doesn't have the same hold as it had before we abstained from it. May that be your experience with chips, Matt.
As for times of boredom - oh, Matt, there are many things, that don't include reaching for food, one can do to fill five to thirty minutes. Stop & think & make a list & then keep that list handy to refer to.
My list would include such things as chatting with my cherished MrV, listening to a book on CD or reading a few pages of my current book, calling a friend/family member to check on how they are doing or calling to hear the sweet voices of any one of the "Vision" offsprings (I so enjoy hearing about the "happenings" of their day), doing a repitition of strength exercises, dropping a line or two on a "Thinking of you" card to a shut in elderly friend, coming on SP & playing a few of the game threads, etc.
Matt, I am sure that you will "discover" many short activities to put on your "go to" list when you need to fill some time away from the kitchen or other sources of easy to grab foods.
I approve of your idea of eating peanut butter on toast to limit the number of pieces. Good thinking!
God bless you with success upon success, my new EE Teammate!
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Welcome to the team Matt! 28 days with no chips is AWESOME. One of the healthy changes I am most proud of is 3 years with no soda. Keep it up, it gets easier!
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Great achievement on the potato chips! Well done. I like some of the tips here. Putting away the bread is one I must do. I like a slice of wholegrain bread with a little nutella (chocolate spread) when I feel like something sweet. Normally one does the trick but of course sometimes it becomes 2,3+!! The shower one is also a good one. Doing something while I put on the kettle can also be a good one for me. Like putting on a load of laundry or sorting out something. Often I forget to come back to it!!
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You go Matt 28 day without potato chips that is Chips are my down fall as well love the salt late night when everyone is in bed I get bored and start for those darn chips but I know buy them in the snack size bags and only the baked chips hey its a start ! Right?
Matt 2 more days and it should be licked I have read here at SP 30 days to make a change into a habit or something Wishing you much continued success
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I have never thought of myself as an emotional eater...I took the little quiz and the results indicated that I am one, so I joined this group to learn more.
I have been paying better attention, and I really see that I do want to eat when I am bored, and since boredom is an emotion....
One of my major go to foods when I am wondering around the kitchen is Potato Chips. I have managed to go 28 days without a potato chip, and that includes a vacation with the in-laws!!
Overall, I still struggle with the boredom, mostly when I get home from work when there is not time to start a project and it's still to early to start cooking supper. The other struggle is that hour or so before bed, in the past (ok, just a month ago...) I have been known to stand in the kitchen and eat a half of loaf of bread slapping peanut butter on each slice...and it is never satisfying. I decided that I will only eat peanut butter on toast, it does limit me to 2 slices since I put away the bread while the toast is cooking.
I have learned a few tricks when I start getting bored, flossing/brushing my teeth is always a nice one. Since I do the majority of the shopping, I attempt to remain resolved in the grocery store and only buy snack foods that my wife and daughter like, but I whine and complain later that night because I have no junk snacks...sure, I have the fruit cup or granola bar, BUT I want a Little Debbie!!! Luckily, it's not there for me to eat, so I win by losing....
Don't really know how this post got to this point. When I started, I just wanted to tell you about my 28 day chip free accomplishment....Oh well, it's lunch time and I am a bit bored.....
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