Do you remember any events in your life where you were so busy engaged in something that you totally forgot to eat? If that memory has been lost, then it’s safe to say that you are too busy munching food, eating that favourite ice cream and in many cases bingeing away to glory with no remorse. This behaviour will no doubt wreak havoc on your physical and mental well-being. But if you are armed with the right mindset and attitude you can do away with this dangerous habit and lead a much healthier and productive life. We have compiled a list of activities, strategies and some things to do instead of eating which has been mentioned below:
- Cultivate a Hobby.
Eating might have been your hobby for as long as you can remember, but it’s time to get rid of it and cultivate a new and productive hobby to improve your lifestyle. Your hobby does not necessarily have to be something out of the ordinary but can be something as simple as reading, gardening, collecting stamps, photography or exercising regularly. Any activity which brings out positivity in you and leads you to mingle with others in a positive manner is a good hobby. Cultivating such good hobbies will keep your mind pre-occupied and active and will aid you in your recovery from eating at all times.
- Start Writing instead of Eating.
When the need to eat strikes, instead of grabbing a fork and a plate, grab a pen and a book. When you are hungry your mind is going through a lot of things and emotions. Writing down your feelings and emotions forces your raging mind to slow down and it helps in understanding what really is going on. What you may have perceived as the desire to eat might actually have been a need to do a different activity.
- Stop Making Excuses.
Human beings have an extraordinary talent for finding excuses for almost anything, and eating is very high up the list. The moment you have taken a decision to abstain from unnecessary bingeing or unhealthy eating, you must stick to it and no excuses should ever pop up from your mind or mouth. Remind yourself of the reason why you chose to let go of something and what it may bring if you bring it to your life again.
- Take up Healthy Eating and Drinking.
The Reason why you might always feel like eating even after your meals might be due to your diet. You might not be eating the right healthy foods, or drinking the proper fluids. Something you can do is changing your diet pattern may actually benefit you and help you in your battle against your eating habit. Many people also tend to mistake thirst with hunger and tend to gobble up solid foods instead of drinking fluids. So drinking water can also help.
- Go out and Talk a Walk.
Talking a walk when your eating spirits kick in is also a super effective method to divert your mind away from the urge to eat. When you are outside your home, the thought of eating will slowly fade away. Besides, walking is also a healthy habit and it can help you to burn more calories and make you feel better about yourself.
- Get Busy Cleaning.
While this activity doesn’t sound like fun or exciting, engaging yourself in cleaning is a very great way to take your mind off the thought of eating. You can clean out your room, an old closet or your basement or garage. You’d be amazed at how much cleaning helps in distracting your mind and at the end of the day lead you to a more productive you.
- Meet and Greet Fellow Humans.
Socialising is one of the best things someone can do which will definitely work wonders in diminishing the longing to eat. Being out of your own mind and interacting with other minds definitely pushes you out of your zone and forces you to focus on what is happening and trending around you instead of that very pack of chips or fries.
These are just a few of the things which you can do when your mind starts thinking of eating that juicy slice of pizza or that mouth-watering burger. Remember that you control what you become through the choices you make.
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