100 lb. Club - Distraction ideas...

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02-25-2010, 05:52 PM
One thing recommended when we want to eat unplanned food is using distractions. How many can we think of. Please feel free to add some.:)

02-25-2010, 05:53 PM
I'll go first:

Brush teeth
Read a book on health
call a diet buddy
post here
play with pet or child

02-25-2010, 05:56 PM
Read the "20 Worst Restaurant Foods" list again

02-25-2010, 05:58 PM
Play the piano
drink water

02-25-2010, 06:01 PM
Posting...first line of defense ! Also, foraging for healthy alternatives, like a cup of herbal tea,or a plate full of crunchy raw veggies.

02-25-2010, 06:01 PM
I was sitting here trying to think of something and realized that I got nothing! I need this thread! Thanks! :)

02-25-2010, 06:27 PM
..look online @ clothes you want once you reach goal

02-25-2010, 06:39 PM
Hubby and I are both binge eaters and we get our worst urges at night, so when this happens, we like to pull out a game, Scrabble for instance. It takes out mind off the food and keeps out hands busy. The time passes pretty quickly and the urges do too. :)

02-25-2010, 06:49 PM
Read anything
Write a letter
Walk the dog

02-25-2010, 07:28 PM
Crochet! Play a video game :)

Anything that keeps your hands busy and wastes time :D

02-25-2010, 07:31 PM
Sorry if some of these repeat

Chew gum
go to sleep
read a book
paint your nails
put a mask on your face
organize your closet
clean out papers you have piling up
cuddle with a loved one or massage one another's feet with lotion (just a thought) ;)
Find karaoke songs on youtube and sing along...I'm a dork! ;)

02-25-2010, 07:31 PM
After dinner, I declare the kitchen closed. Lights off, no more being served.
When all else fails, go to bed. Tomorrow will be better!

02-25-2010, 07:53 PM
Something I found that works really well is to put white strips on your teeth. You get a whiter smile and don't feel like eating.

02-25-2010, 08:30 PM
Surf the web
Do Laundry (which means going downstairs for me)

02-25-2010, 10:09 PM
talking a walk, reading a good book, or my favorite, reading 3FC!!

02-25-2010, 10:39 PM
2) Drink tea
3) I definitely second the 'look online at cute goal clothes'
4) Stay out of the kitchen
5) DON'T watch the yummy food commercials
6) Call a friend
7) Make a list of stuff you need to get done (I love lists lol)

02-26-2010, 12:36 AM
chew gum
drink tea
eat a 5 calorie jello cup
have a bubble bath... a LONG one
read a good book
grooming your double coated show dog that is blowing puppy coat (omg....)
fold laundry
do dishes
go for a walk
call a friend

02-26-2010, 12:41 AM
Play the guitar, just dance or jump on the elliptical, chew gum :) or I just tell myself "no" if I can't swing a little bit into my points for the day!

02-26-2010, 01:18 AM
Chew gum or Drink Crystal Light with crushed ice and munch on ice, Read success stories and look for before and after pics.

02-26-2010, 08:15 AM
Run up and down the stairs
Pull out the camera and get creative

02-26-2010, 10:15 AM
~ I always have a crossword puzzle book close by
~ I keep a fun journal, lots of stickers and cut outs of clothes i want glued in
~ I love cleaning, so I do a lot of that. Love to re-organize shelves
~ doing a fun laundry room project - why does it have to be ugly?? I'm painting fluffy clouds, a little picket fence and a clothes line with clothes dangling off it as a mural on the wall, keeps me busy and looks awesome!
~ clean behind the fridge
~ smooooch with DH :D

02-26-2010, 10:43 AM
Sugarless Gum is my first line of defense, followed closely by large glasses of water.

I rarely need more time for the craving to pass, but if I do I like to exercise or get out of the house. A walk is always great and I can't eat if I am not near food. ;)

02-26-2010, 10:46 AM
~ doing a fun laundry room project - why does it have to be ugly?? I'm painting fluffy clouds, a little picket fence and a clothes line with clothes dangling off it as a mural on the wall, keeps me busy and looks awesome!We'd love to see some pics.

02-26-2010, 11:25 AM
I also go for the "delay, but make it part of my calorie allowance" tactic. So, if fundraising chocolates turn up at work, I tell myself I can have one, at afternoon tea, instead of whatever I had originally planned to eat.

Otherwise, tea. Lots of tea.

If it's emotional though, then I try to work out what it is that I'm feeling, and if I'm still fixated on food, then I try to treat myself with something other than food. I buy something, or get dressed up, or have a bath, or read a pulpy book.

02-26-2010, 11:58 AM
Read. Play around online. Go for walk if it's light out and weather permits. Clean or declutter. And my favorite, as someone said: when all else fails, go to bed. I probably need more sleep anyway!

02-26-2010, 12:51 PM
I get out of the house! Shopping would be my preference. :D

Or, if it's late, I just go to bed.

I also plan for unplanned foods by having lots of on-plan foods around all the time. :D If I'm really wanting to eat something that I can't fit into my calorie budget for the day, I eat something that I CAN fit in. When I'm full, it's easier to not eat off plan.

02-26-2010, 01:07 PM
To reorganize my closed have been helpful this last week. I also have found miniatures really useful as a distraction because they involves different crafts and if Iím not in the mood to stitch, I can paint miniature furniture or wallpaper a room :dizzy:

02-26-2010, 01:24 PM
I don't get the late night munchies too often now that I am thinking about it. I tend to eat my biggest meal in the middle of the day just because that's when I am the most hungry. I eat a lot of whole foods, so the volume is high while the calories are low. If I am hungry later, I eat, simple as that. I eat a whole food snack. Fruit, veggies, an egg white with chopped veggies, greek yogurt with fruit mixed in (the kind I cut up myself), etc.

If I have a craving for something I shouldn't eat, then a distraction could come into play, but I find that if I keep myself even on the hunger scale those little evil thoughts don't intrude too often. They come out when I have let myself get hungry. When that happens, I immediately go back to plan above. Once I am not ravishing anymore, my mind returns to normal.

If it's just that I'm bored and want to eat for no reason, then yeah, a distraction is good. Find something to do.

Paint my nails
Read a fitness magazine
Play a game with my girls
Watch something on TV - I am not a TV eater, never have been thank goodness!
Probably not the best time to clean the kitchen. Maybe fold some laundry.