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30 Things You Can Do Instead of Eating

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Do you eat for comfort because you're frustrated or bored, or because of some other feeling you want to escape? Here are 30 things that you can do instead:

[  ] Call or e-mail a supportive friend.
[  ] Go to the gym or for a jog.
[  ] Read our Diet and Weight Loss Tips.
[  ] Enjoy a long bath or shower.
[  ] Chew some sugarless gum or brush your teeth.
[  ] Put a puzzle together.
[  ] Play a game with your spouse, children or pet.
[  ] Tackle a household chore.
[  ] Go for a walk.
[  ] Do something you enjoy like knitting to keeps your hands busy.
[  ] Experiment with putting your makeup on in a different way.
[  ] Make a grocery list of healthy foods for the coming week.
[  ] Walk out of the kitchen and give yourself a pat on the back.
[  ] Reorganize a closet or junk drawer.
[  ] Work in your garden, or start an herb garden in your kitchen.
[  ] Do the laundry.
[  ] Write in your diary about what you are feeling.
[  ] Turn on some music and dance.
[  ] Post in our Diet and Weight Loss Forums.
[  ] Read a good book or magazine.
[  ] Take a 15-minute nap.
[  ] Drink a glass of water or other non-caloric beverage.
[  ] Work out with an exercise video.
[  ] Study a foreign language from sources you Google on the web.
[  ] Apply a facial mask.
[  ] Do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle.
[  ] Read a Diet and Weight Loss Tutorial topic.
[  ] Go on-line to find inspirational quotes to keep you motivated.
[  ] Find a saying to repeat when you feel like eating.
[  ] Make a chart and give yourself a star for not eating.

Post this list on your refrigerator, and see how many you can check off. After completing one of these tasks, it's likely that you'll be in a better frame of mind.

Healthy regards,
Megan Porter, RD


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