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I’ve created this list to help you get distracted from binge eating and the unhealthy effects of binge eating. However, I do want to note that finding things to do instead of Binge Eating are just crutches. For real long term results, you might want to seek treatment of some kind.
Food tastes good right? (well, most food anyway) – so it’s no wonder sometimes we can find ourselves eating mindlessly or binge eating. This isn’t always a good idea though, right? Weight gain, health problems, self esteem issues, self hate, anger, resentment, regret, more binge eating, and the cycle continues, etc are all things that can come from binge eating. One thing that has helped many people (myself included) is finding something else to do instead of binge eating. I’ve gathered this list (some I found online, some I thought of myself) to help with binge eating or mindless eating. Hope you find it helpful.
41 Things to do instead of Binge Eating:
- call a friend
- talk it over with your friend
- write in a journal about your thoughts
- read a book
- take a nap
- go for a walk
- write a letter to an old friend
- drink a tall glass of water
- chew some gum
- chew some ice
- do the dishes
- do some laundry
- take a bike ride
- play a game
- take a hike
- say “STOP” out loud
- check your email
- write positive affirmations and repeat it to yourself
- get a massage
- paint your nails
- surf the internet
- walk your dog
- pet your cat
- become a volunteer!
- take 5 slow, deep cleansing breaths
- curl your hair
- clean out your closet
- go shopping
- take a hot bath
- go swimming
- look at funny pictures on the internet
- read jokes
- chop veggies for easy snacking
- do a random act of kindness for someone you don’t know
- start a new hobby (drawing? painting? sewing? jewelry making?)
- stop and smell the roses
Binge eating disorder is a real thing. You are not alone. Many people suffer from this and there is help! REALLY, there is! Stop this bad habit in it’s tracks right now. Stop living a life of secrecy, self loathing, sadness and bad health. If you’re scared, that’s normal. Take baby steps.