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May 29, 2011 2:30 PM
I am a boredom eater, and a stress eater. I can do really good for a few days, then I have a few bad days and feel like my work is being wasted. I am constantly snacking because I feel like I'm hungry all the time. Recommended portions do not feel filling to me. I am just having a hard time lately, I guess.
May 29, 2011 2:36 PM
I just write a lot and get my feelings out about why I want to eat and etc. I also tend to read a lot when I'm stressed...that way I do not eat.
May 29, 2011 2:36 PM
Get some water and a straw. Also cut up some crunchy veggies like carrot sticks, cucumber, bell pepper, fennel, apple, pears.
May 29, 2011 2:36 PM
Thats me too :/ I have the same issues with eating and falling off the wagon. I havent figured it out yet so Im just as curious as you!
May 29, 2011 2:37 PM
water is your best friend when you find yourself snacking too much, it works for me like a charm. There are some times that even the water won't cut it and I still know that I don't need to snack, so i will walk around the block, or get involved in a video game. I manage to forget all about snacking after a while.
May 29, 2011 2:37 PM
I know this... I was feeling like that the other day. I just wanted to eat for eating sake. What stopped me is that I didn't want to log the calories... Ha!

I find that when I want to eat it's often an emotion that I'm trying to cover up OR I'm procrastinating about something. If I do what I'm procrastinating about, then it's fine, the hunger goes away.

Also a good walk outside does WONDERS! Just getting out of the house. Or I'll do something creative. That helps, too.

You are more then welcome to friend me if you'd like. That also helps - my friends here on mfp.
May 29, 2011 2:38 PM
Yes I was/am the same way. I have found that before I even touch my food, I literly drink a full glass of water as fast as I can and get a second glass ready. that way you have something in your belly with no food yet. then I start to eat the smaller portions I try to take a mouth full, and then literly put down my eating utensil completely finish chewing and take a drink. then go through it again. if you get in the habit of putting down your silverware and getting a drink before every bite, it will take you longer to eat the smaller portion and actaully you will feel more full on the smae lower amount of food. so far this has worked for me, best of luck!
May 29, 2011 2:39 PM
I just CHOOSE what I eat! Turkey Kerkey and plenty of fresh veggies in the house!!! Plus, a 16 oz glass of zero cal lemonade works for me! Really cuts the hunger...
May 29, 2011 2:39 PM
Everyone has bad days, you are not alone. Although I've never had an addiction like alcohol or anything, I think that dieting is harder because you have to eat to live so you can't do cold turkey. Giving up previous eating habits is soooo hard to do on a long term basis, because you have to continue to eat.

To distract myself, I do a number of things:

1. Shopping, particularly clothes shopping, or even just trying things on that I have no intention of buying. When you find something in a size that you wouldn't have fitted into previously, it just feels so good.

2. Exercise, although that doesn't always work if you are ravenous at the start - I've spent an entire walk thinking about what I'm going to eat when I get home.

3. Having a friend round for coffee (no cakes obviously)

4. Hoovering & ironing - not sure why this works, but it does!

5. I have a hobby (photography) - going out and doing that helps. I guess any sort of creative hobby would be a distraction.

6. Reading magazines with a big mug of coffee/ tea

7. Reading forum posts on MFP!

Hope this helps!
Edited by mum2littledove On May 29, 2011 2:41 PM
May 29, 2011 2:40 PM
I spend a lot of time with this laptop on my lap to keep my fingers busy.... and I drink water like its my job! But sometimes I feel the need to snack. I log everything BEFORE I eat it.... so I can usually talk myself out of it when I see the calories allowed number shrinking...
May 29, 2011 2:40 PM

I know what you mean! For me it took the decision to look into other interests and make a point of finding new hobbies to occupy me. I took up interesting crafts and learned simple musical instruments. Once I found a few that I loved I could go to them when I needed to distract me.

So think about some new things you'd like to learn: cake decorating, candle making, beading, painting, guitar???? Just start small, no pressures and see where it takes you. If it is boring move on to a different one and keep trying. Life can get boring and stressfull so it is nice to have a relaxing outlet. It will serve you your whole life as well as now.

Best of Luck - I think you can do it!
May 29, 2011 2:40 PM
Sugar free gum! Not as delicious as your favorite snack items I'm sure, but it keeps your mouth busy and most sticks are only 5 calories. And brushing your teeth works too. I never want to eat after I've gotten that minty fresh taste in my mouth.
May 29, 2011 2:42 PM
Yup, get out off the house and do some light excersize. Sunshine and feel good endorphines do wonders. Then if you're still hungry, you just earned yourself some calories baby!
May 29, 2011 2:44 PM


I know what you mean! For me it took the decision to look into other interests and make a point of finding new hobbies to occupy me. I took up interesting crafts and learned simple musical instruments. Once I found a few that I loved I could go to them when I needed to distract me.

So think about some new things you'd like to learn: cake decorating, candle making, beading, painting, guitar????

Ha ha ha halaugh sorry, but if I took up cake decorating I'd just eat it all!
May 29, 2011 2:48 PM
cleaning and laundry... get some apps on your phone that you have to use your brain for. I have andriod market and I got Wordzup.. works great for me!
May 29, 2011 2:50 PM
Water. Fills your belly.
Carrot sticks. Gives you something to pick at.
Exercise. Takes your mind off it, but also earns you the calories so you *can* eat.
May 29, 2011 2:53 PM
Funny you should post this today! I am absolutely starving today and I have had about 80 oz of water already and still feel famished. I have about 560 calories left for the rest of the day. I should go for a walk and see if that helps.
May 29, 2011 2:56 PM
Thanks for the suggestions everyone! So far I do spend a lot of time reading and online to distract myself but maybe a creative hobby would help! I think I'll go to Hobby Lobby next weekend to browse and pick out something fun to work on.
May 29, 2011 3:37 PM
May 29, 2011 3:41 PM
Read, Write, Walk, Play video game.. Drink water if you feel hungry if it isnt time to eat yet. Keep almonds in the house if your not allergic to nuts, eat a handful and drink a glass of water to satisfy your hunger. Lean on your mfp family.. you can do this hun.. :)
May 29, 2011 3:42 PM
i am exactly the same way best i have found through the years is 2 things number one i read my bible or pray or both and the next best thing is to get up and exercise . when i exercise it relieves stress . i also found if i pick up my laptop and facebook or something like that it keeps me occupied and i am not thinking about food. also water and lots of it kills the cravings
May 29, 2011 8:39 PM
there's a sign in my kitchen that says something like "are you eating again?" sometimes that helps me close the door to the fridge. Otherwise, when I know I want to eat because I'm bored, I'll stop for a second and really concentrate on how I feel - like realizing that am I full, or that I am thirsty. Just thinking about hard makes me stop sometimes. And well, if I can't resist, I try eating carrots or something healthy inside of crap.
May 29, 2011 8:44 PM
I've been doing a lot of crafting lately. I also bought a Wii since they dropped in price and I've been jumping around my living room like a fool with that thing.
May 29, 2011 8:45 PM
I knit or crochet all the time (when Im not on mfp)laugh cant eat when your hands are busy,
If Im out and cant knit then t he new dessert extra chewing gum is delicious, key lime pie, mint choc chip, strawberry flavorsmmmm
May 30, 2011 10:22 AM
I find that if the craving just won't go away, I need a glass of diet pop with ice. I know it's not good for me but the fizz and the sweetness really seem to help and sometimes I don't even finish it. I'm trying to switch to Perrier or something but it's not as good, or as fizzy. I also try to limit it to one a day.

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