TBH…I’m writing this post trying to do the very thing my title suggests. Conquer my own struggle with emotional eating. True confession: I eat when I’m bored. Working in a school district has a few nice perks like long breaks, which leaves me time in the day to do whatever I want. Unfortunately, I am stronger with routines. When left without a structured routine, I tend to flounder a bit and find myself without something specific to do. So, I eat.
Thankfully, right now anyway, I don’t have anything terrible for you in my house, so my snacking consists of things like carrots and hummus. I recently purchased and read The Feelgood Plan by Dalton Wong and Kate Faithfull-Williams, which really dives in to emotional eating and how to rise above it. Both my current state and this book have prompted me to write and hopefully give others a few tips on how to conquer bored eating.
- Drink water (carbonated water counts). You may be thirsty rather than hungry, so go fill up!
- Go for a walk. Wong explains that 15 minutes of movement will help to curb your cravings.
- Talk to someone on the phone. My mom and I have had a couple of conversations today… If you really struggle with bored eating like me, find someone you can call multiple times who will still love you even though you call them multiple times to talk about nothing. Thanks, mom!
- Make sure your house is empty of unhealthy snacks like chips and cookies. If all you have to reach for is fruit or veggies as a snack, then you really won’t be that bad off.
Good luck with your 2017 resolutions, all! I’d love to know what they are and how you plan to stick to them. I’ll share mine with you soon!