Eating Out of Boredom

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    Sep 10, 2015 9:48 AM GMT
    Does anyone else struggle with this? I've been struggling with this since my fat childhood.... Any advice or tips? I'm trying to get these last 10 pounds off and meet my goal, but this senseless eating is getting in the way.

    Thx in advance. icon_smile.gif
  • Uncharted95

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    Sep 10, 2015 11:13 AM GMT
    Well you said you were bored when you eat.. Try and find a hobby or do something that'll take your mind of eating. icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 10, 2015 2:18 PM GMT
    Or eat celery sticks out of boredom.
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    Sep 10, 2015 5:31 PM GMT
    Fanon saidDoes anyone else struggle with this? I've been struggling with this since my fat childhood.... Any advice or tips? I'm trying to get these last 10 pounds off and meet my goal, but this senseless eating is getting in the way.

    Thx in advance. icon_smile.gif


    Seek professional help, and, get yourself some good books on why you're behaving badly.

    Here's the dibbs. Unless you're medically ill, and that's causing you to be fat, you're not managing your relationship with food properly. Instead of being active, working your mind, and so on...you're medicating with excess calories.

    Those of us who have a healthy relationship with food view food in a different way. More me, food is the means to a goal, and I look the part. Hard things are hard thing, but, what's hard can become habit, and we adapt to whatever challenges are presented to us.

    In your case, ask yourself why is my relationship with food so messed up? Why is it that I can't show my face? I think if you work through it, you'll likely find a mental health issue that's coming into play. Likely, self acceptance. Your behavior here is a dead giveaway that you don't like yourself; lack the courage of showing folks who you are.

    Once you work through your underlying mental health issues, you may well find your relationship with food in a better place.

    Figure out why your relationship with food is broken (underlying mental illness), and fix that.
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    Sep 10, 2015 5:32 PM GMT
    Uncharted95 saidWell you said you were bored when you eat.. Try and find a hobby or do something that'll take your mind of eating. icon_razz.gif


    No, he doesn't get bored eating, he eats out of feelings of boredom. There's a difference. He eats in an attempt to relieve the boredom. Your advice, however, is correct. He needs to break the cycle of "I'm bored. I eat. I feel guilty." Read, walk, ride a bike, call a friend, exercise, build birdhouses, paint, write poetry, there are a million things to do besides eat.
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    Sep 10, 2015 5:36 PM GMT
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    Uncharted95 saidWell you said you were bored when you eat.. Try and find a hobby or do something that'll take your mind of eating. icon_razz.gif


    No, he doesn't get bored eating, he eats out of feelings of boredom. There's a difference. He eats in an attempt to relieve the boredom. Your advice, however, is correct. He needs to break the cycle of "I'm bored. I eat. I feel guilty." Read, walk, ride a bike, call a friend, exercise, build birdhouses, paint, write poetry, there are a million things to do besides eat.


    More specifically, he needs to become more engaged in the maintenance of his mental and physical health and address the underlying self acceptance issues that are driving his bad behavior.

    Note he didn't post a picture, nor complete his profile. He's lazy. He's afraid of anything that might cause him further rejection, so...he sets himself up to be rejected, hiding here, eating, rather than being social, heading to the gym, etc.

    You're right about the cycle, but, the underlying cause is not boredom. It's mental health that's broken around everything he does, and his approach in general.

    Yes, you often can judge a book by its cover. Good judgement protects us from bad things.

    The self acceptance that fixes this takes the courage, and the will, to change. Hard things are hard. Some of us embrace challenge. Others choose to be miserable.
  • HottJoe

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    Sep 10, 2015 6:06 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidOr eat celery sticks out of boredom.

    This. For me it's about what I eat, not how much I eat.

    I snack on a lot of raw vegetables, especially sweet peppers, humus, whole wheat crackers, etc. Aim for high fiber/low sugar foods and then just snack to your heart's content.
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    Sep 10, 2015 6:06 PM GMT

    After you eat out of boredom, cardio or lift out of guilt. Has worked for me all these years.

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    Sep 10, 2015 6:25 PM GMT
    Oceans_of_Flowers said
    After you eat out of boredom, cardio or lift out of guilt. Has worked for me all these years.


    Ha! Yeah, I do that too. Eating pizza means I'm going to workout twice as long because I figure my body will use the excess calories either for building muscle or storing fat.
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    Sep 10, 2015 11:13 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan said
    Uncharted95 saidWell you said you were bored when you eat.. Try and find a hobby or do something that'll take your mind of eating. icon_razz.gif


    No, he doesn't get bored eating, he eats out of feelings of boredom. There's a difference. He eats in an attempt to relieve the boredom. Your advice, however, is correct. He needs to break the cycle of "I'm bored. I eat. I feel guilty." Read, walk, ride a bike, call a friend, exercise, build birdhouses, paint, write poetry, there are a million things to do besides eat.


    Isn't that what I wrote though? That the reason why he eats food, is because he's bored.

    Well, whatever. OP you need to do something that doesn't make you feel bored. :p
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    Sep 10, 2015 11:47 PM GMT
    Pro tip: Don't get bored.
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    Sep 10, 2015 11:52 PM GMT
    I don't really have much time to eat icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 11, 2015 12:24 AM GMT
    Fanon saidDoes anyone else struggle with this? I've been struggling with this since my fat childhood.... Any advice or tips? I'm trying to get these last 10 pounds off and meet my goal, but this senseless eating is getting in the way.


    Keep trail mix and a bottle of water on hand to gnash on when casual hunger strikes. Is GREAT nutrition for the body, delicious on the tongue, and will help you lose those pounds.

    Dark chocolate bits, sour cherries, raspberries, blueberries, walnuts and pistachios is what I have.
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    Sep 11, 2015 2:27 AM GMT
    bonaparts saidI don't really have much time to eat icon_lol.gif


    Insert stupid mutley dog cartoon here. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 11, 2015 2:39 AM GMT
    bonaparts saidI don't really have much time to eat icon_lol.gif


    Maybe because you spend all your time on RJ...icon_neutral.gif

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    Sep 11, 2015 2:42 AM GMT
    UndercoverMan said
    Uncharted95 saidWell you said you were bored when you eat.. Try and find a hobby or do something that'll take your mind of eating. icon_razz.gif


    No, he doesn't get bored eating, he eats out of feelings of boredom. There's a difference. He eats in an attempt to relieve the boredom. Your advice, however, is correct. He needs to break the cycle of "I'm bored. I eat. I feel guilty." Read, walk, ride a bike, call a friend, exercise, build birdhouses, paint, write poetry, there are a million things to do besides eat.


    This is incredibly accurate. Well, definitely try and spice up my daily routine. College and training for my marathon is getting monotonous. Thanks.
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    Sep 11, 2015 2:48 AM GMT
    bonaparts saidI don't really have much time to eat icon_lol.gif



    Yes, the crumbs clog up your keyboard.
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    FitBlackCuddler said
    Fanon saidDoes anyone else struggle with this? I've been struggling with this since my fat childhood.... Any advice or tips? I'm trying to get these last 10 pounds off and meet my goal, but this senseless eating is getting in the way.


    Keep trail mix and a bottle of water on hand to gnash on when casual hunger strikes. Is GREAT nutrition for the body, delicious on the tongue, and will help you lose those pounds.

    Dark chocolate bits, sour cherries, raspberries, blueberries, walnuts and pistachios is what I have.


    That's a good idea. Having something healthy prepared for my spontaneous cases of the munchies is much better than getting something that I know isn't. Thanks. Much appreciated.
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    Sep 11, 2015 2:49 AM GMT
    Oceans_of_Flowers said
    After you eat out of boredom, cardio or lift out of guilt. Has worked for me all these years.



    icon_lol.gif Well, it's working for you...me not so much.
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    Sep 11, 2015 3:12 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidOr eat celery sticks out of boredom.


    True, I used to over eat celery sticks sometimes and figured that is no problem.