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OOOH SHINY! - How to distract from eating?

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miliskinny
miliskinny Posts: 11 Member
Hi Ladies, am I the only one who eats without being hungry, once started cannot stop and consequently has issues with weight? ;)

Guess not!

So, for all of you like me to whom it does not come naturally to stay within caloric deficit, does not feel full quickly and can binge - I thought we should have a thread with tips and tricks on how to distract ourselves from eating.

I'll start and please do jump in:

- lurk around this forum and reddit
- go out and walk around the block
- step away from the kitchen, imagine there is a fire in there
- boil huge pot of tea and add cinnamon in it
- snoop around ebay


How do you distract yourselves? How do you know when is enough?
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  • LynnJ9
    LynnJ9 Posts: 414 Member
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    My husband thinks I am crazy, but I watch the food channel. Watching other people eat and describe food like on Chopped or Drive ins, Diners and Dives is weirdly satisfying.
  • treenapenney45
    treenapenney45 Posts: 6 Member
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    I take long bath, go for walk, and chew alot of gum😊😊
  • rianneonamission
    rianneonamission Posts: 854 Member
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    Have different flavours of tea. In a day I normally get through a variety of rooibos flavours, green tea, the odd black tea, etc. For me it's a great way of tricking my brain in to thinking it's full.

    And food prep, including snack prep.

    @Nightcometh My 600lb Life is just mind-boggling to me. Which I'm glad about, because I can't imagine ever letting myself go to that extent.
  • Crafty_camper123
    Crafty_camper123 Posts: 1,440 Member
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    I tend to eat when I'm bored as well. I chew lots of gum. And make sure to stay hydrated. Other things I like to do is drink tea sometimes. Just the activity and the flavor is enough usually. Also, getting up and doing something is helpful too. It could a walking, or just getting up to do the dishes or tidy up something. But an acticity gets my mind off of the craving.

    To note though: I make sure to fit in my cravings into my budget. If I don't, and I finally cave into it after holding off a while, I end up eating way more then if I had just eaten a smaller amount earlier. Also, if it's hunger that's getting me and not boredom I make sure I'm getting in enough protien. Seems if I'm having a hungry day, I can usually trace it back to not starting my day off with enough protien.
  • LovesGG
    LovesGG Posts: 241 Member
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    I use fruits for this. It helps get my blood sugar back up and fills my stomach so that I'm not feeling entirely hungry.
  • lbride
    lbride Posts: 248 Member
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    decaf coffee with two cream packets and splenda; sugar free jello, diet vernors, vitamin water zero
  • Tjpressler
    Tjpressler Posts: 2 Member
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    I've made "friendly" snacks (sugar-free gummies, fresh fruit, nuts, etc...) whenever I get cravings. If I'm out and about or don't have access to anything else, I chew gum. I also try to supplement water with a calorie-free sweetener if I'm really desperate for something sweet.
  • LynnJ9
    LynnJ9 Posts: 414 Member
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    Tjpressler wrote: »
    I've made "friendly" snacks (sugar-free gummies, fresh fruit, nuts, etc...) whenever I get cravings. If I'm out and about or don't have access to anything else, I chew gum. I also try to supplement water with a calorie-free sweetener if I'm really desperate for something sweet.

    As long as they are not the Haribo sugar free gummy bears... the old reviews on this product are hilarious

    https://www.amazon.com/Haribo-SUGAR-Classic-Gummi-Bears/product-reviews/B006J1FBLM

    https://www.amazon.com/review/R2JGNJ5ZPJT4YC

    https://www.amazon.com/review/R3FTHSH0UNRHOH
  • jesspen91
    jesspen91 Posts: 1,383 Member
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    I read somewhere that you should do a task that gets your hands dirty. Can't eat with dirty hands!
  • LynnJ9
    LynnJ9 Posts: 414 Member
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    jesspen91 wrote: »
    I read somewhere that you should do a task that gets your hands dirty. Can't eat with dirty hands!

    Great Idea!
  • figyello
    figyello Posts: 34 Member
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    I try to plan my errands for mid-afternoon, when I'm most likely to want to snack. Being out of the house helps a ton.
  • jillmkern
    jillmkern Posts: 17 Member
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    I make a cup of broth - 1/4 tsp of Better than Bullion and my biggest coffee cup - it keeps me a little busy with a task, and the smell and taste make me feel like I'm eating a meal for some reason. I wish there wasn't as much sodium involved, but what can you do?

    I also get out of my house and take a quick walk, but that doesn't always work for me. I'm also pretty shameless about texting my friends and asking them to keep me company til my useless eating craving passes :smiley:
  • canadjineh
    canadjineh Posts: 5,396 Member
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    I love Better than Bullion too! Tastes like real soup and it's perfect when I'm Intermittently Fasting and the sodium is essential for anyone eating low carb.