We’ve all been there: stuck in the “am I hungry or just bored?” debate in our heads. We may reach for food or calorie-laden drinks out of habit or response to emotional or outside stimuli. Many of us might not even realize we’re doing it until half way through a bag of chips.
This tip is all about being mindful. It is a good idea to keep a food journal to pinpoint the times we eat when we aren’t really hungry – and then eliminate them.
How can you tell? Wait until your stomach physically rumbles before you reach for food. Then, make sure you reach for healthy food and snack options to satisfy that hunger.
Here is a few of strategies to help stop the boredom munchies:
- Keep food out of sight. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Limit junk food in the house to little or none. You’ll be much less likely to go on a junk food binge if you have to go to the store to get it.
- Another strategy is to get up and get moving in a activity that stimulates your senses.
Dance. What you’ve never danced by yourself?
Here is a interesting perspective: Psychology Today: I Am Bored, Therefore I Eat