There comes a time in life when we think we’ve finished everything we need to do in a day. So we eat.
Crackers, candy, popcorn—pretty much whatever is in sight to satisfy our boredom. And although it’s a great strategy for making junk food disappear, those pounds will only be adding up. Instead of reaching for another cookie, here are a few other things you can do besides eating when you’re bored.
1. Habit track
Do you have some activity you wish you would do every day to maximize your health and/or happiness? Get a sheet of paper and create a habit tracker. Simply list a few activities down the page, and to the right, create a grid with enough boxes for every day of the week or month (however long you want to track this). Every time you complete that activity, color in a square. Your objective is to see how often (without skipping a box) you can carry out this assignment.
A few things you can add to your habit tracker:
Daily exercise (Push-ups, squats, jumping jacks, planks, running, weight-lifting)
Create to-do list of the day
Don’t eat when bored.
2.HIDE ALL THE SNACKS
You’ve heard the old adage: out of sight, out of mind. If you don’t see no evil, you won’t eat no evil.
Try finding someone excessively taller than you to hide your stash of chips and junk food.
You can also try locking up the stash in a secret compartment. And maybe have someone hide the key from you.
And lastly, DESTROY the cookie jars. There’s no need for you to be constantly reminded to eat c.r.a.p: carbonated drinks, refined sugars, artificial foods, and processed foods.
3. Get productive
Boredom is often times caused by not having something thought-provoking or energizing to do. So do something—get productive.
Tackle that to-do list you were supposed to create according to your habit tracker (make sure not to include too many items on the list. 5 or 6 max should do it).
Reward yourself when you’ve completed a task OR when you’ve been working nonstop for 30-50 minutes. This could serve as a break and positive reinforcement to hypnotize your body into wanting to do it again!
4. Eat smarter
Ok, so just to clarify, we’re not advocating for you to stuff your face when you’re bored, but we are telling you to eat more F.O.O.D:
F - fruits and veggies
O - organic lean proteins
O - omega 3 fatty acids
D - drink water (not really food, but you get what we meant).
One food group that so many people completely forget about has got to be veggies. Unless it’s hidden in a green concoction or drizzled with fat and oil (Taco Bell Fiesta Salad—41 grams of fat), several don’t think much of them. But there are myriad reasons they would make amazing “boredom snack.” Did you know:
When you eat celery, you burn more calories eating them than consuming them?
Vegetables help fight off cancers such as prostate, breast, and lung cancer?
Vegetarians often times have lower blood pressure and less risk of heart disease?
Onions are so valuable for their anti-inflammatory and disease-fighting properties, they were used to pay rent in the middle ages?
You might already know the health benefits vegetables offer to our lives. But you still may forget to cook them or let them rot in the back of a freezer because you’re just oh so lazy. Luckily, there’s a new product out for you.
It’s like a cookie jar for veggies.
The VeggiDome puts the veggies right in front of you so you’re essentially forced to eat THEM when you’re bored, and not chemical-rich, flammable Doritos (you can seriously light a flame on a Dorito and it’ll nurture the flame).
AND on top of that, they won’t get lost in your fridge only to be found weeks later infested with mold. For more information, you can visit the company website, www.veggidome.com
So before you start reaching for another piece of candy, stop. Find something else to do, or get rid of the treats altogether, and snack on something your body actually needs.