Do you eat because you’re bored?

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I’m on a five hour train ride from San Diego to Santa Barbara.
OMG it’s so spectacular – so far the entire route has been on the ocean.
I’m watching bikers, runners, surfers enjoying this stunning day.
But all I can do is sit.
Sure I can read, work, talk, wander the aisles, stretch, and try to sleep.
But mostly I’m sitting here.
When I really want to be outside enjoying this stunning day.
I’m getting bored of sitting.

And I’m thinking about all the delicious yummies my sister-in-law gave me for the ride.
Synergy chia kombucha, a new bar called Perfect that I’m really interested in, and some fruit.
They’re just sitting here next to me.
I want to say they’re calling my name but I know that’s not true.

We say that kind of stuff all the time,
But we know food can’t talk huh?

Anyway, more accurately, I’m kind of calling to the food.
Thinking about what I should have,
What I’m in the mood for,
Which will taste best to me.

With all this thinking, it would be easy to not notice that I’m not hungry yet.
I ate some delicious Trader Joe’s yogurt before I left
(Oh Trader Joes WHEN are you coming to Toronto?)
And it’s keeping me satisfied for a lot longer than I expected.

I make a habit of only eating when I’m physically hungry.
It’s the best weight loss/maintenance strategy I know.
And it requires me to recognize the difference between physical and emotional hunger.
When I first started, this was challenging.
It was a new skill I had to acquire.

But now, I know the difference.
And sometimes, I want to pretend I don’t.
I want to pretend I’m hungry so I can try this new Cranberry Crunch bar now.

But more than that,
I want to honour my body.
To treat it well.
Pay attention to what it’s telling me.
I find I function best when I do.

So I tell myself the truth.
And I let myself be a bit bored and disgruntled.
And I let the Cranberry Crunch bar sit next to me until I’m hungry.

I know I’ll enjoy it much more when I am.

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Do you want to learn how to tell the difference between emotional and physical hunger?
Its essential if you want to lose weight
permanently without dieting.
I’ll teach you –  email me to schedule a free 30 minute consultation with me.

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About Forever Free with Bev Aron, Certified Weight Loss Coach

I work with emotional eaters who desperately want relief from emotional eating, but can't seem to do it on their own. They know they need to eat less and move more, but can't figure out why they aren't doing it. My specialty is showing them the why and the how. I also work with parents who are worried about their children's weight. I help those parents encourage their children to have a healthy body image and a healthy relationship with food.
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