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.
Megan Porter, RD