101 Things To Do Besides Eat

©2009, Michelle May, M.D. http://www.AmIHungry.com
101 Things to Do Besides Eat
From the Eat Mindfully, Live Vibrantly
Workbook and Awareness Journal
available at http://www.AmIHungry.com
urish: Drink and
When you recognize that a desire to eat is due to “head hunger” rather than true hunger,
you can choose to do another activity to redirect your attention away from food until the
urge passes—or until you feel hungry. Highlight the ideas that appeal to you and add
some of your own. Remember, try to choose activities that are enjoyable, available, and
preferably, eating incompatible. You’ll need both quick and involved activities. Create a
“Distraction Kit” with everything you need and establish a pleasant Food Free Zone in your
home or office that is perfect to retreat to in these moments.
Imagine a healthier, energetic you * Walk around the block * Call a friend * Make a list of your Top Ten Reasons to get
active * Read a child a book * Make a To Do list * Dance a little * Plan a vacation * Get a massage * Jot a thank you
note to someone * Go to bed early * Read a great book * Write in your Awareness Journal * Give yourself a manicure or
pedicure * Plan a healthy meal for your family * Surf the Internet * Finish an unfinished project * Walk your dog * Feel
your feelings * Volunteer in your community * Start a hobby * Brush your teeth * Tape your favorite show to watch while
exercising * Take 5 slow, deep cleansing breaths * Practice an instrument * Balance your checkbook * Plan a party *
Say a prayer * Buy yourself some flowers * Do a few sit-ups * Make a phone call to someone you like * Chop veggies to
keep on hand * Set your priorities * Try a new hairstyle * Give a massage * Write about something you are proud of this
week * Clean out a junk drawer * Play a game with your kids * Try a new route on your walk * Scream! * Plant fresh
herbs to use in your cooking * Drink a glass of water * Kiss someone * Try on some clothes * Catch up on your reading
for work * Look at old pictures * Rent a video * Smell the roses * Wash your car * Chew some gum * Plan a “date” for
someone special * Swim a few laps * Read Eat What You Love * Take a hot, soothing bath * Update your calendar * Get
it off your chest * Build something * Check in on an elderly person * Work in your yard * Start your holiday shopping list *
Count your blessings * Write a letter * Fold some laundry * Listen to your inner conversations * Take a nap * Run an
errand * Work on your budget * Take a bike ride * Check your e-mail * Make a positive statement about yourself—repeat
often * Give your dog a bath * Start a project you’ve been wanting to get around to * Send a birthday card * Meditate *
Try a delicious new recipe * Play cards * Set your goals * Freshen your make-up * Hug someone * Rearrange some
furniture * Go take a hike! * Help with homework * Light a fire or some candles * Say “STOP!” out loud * Put your
pictures in an album * Walk around your workplace * Try a new relaxation technique * Talk it over with someone * Get a
head start on your taxes * S-t-r-e-t-c-h * Do a “Honey Do” * Say what’s on your mind * Go pick up your mail * Straighten
a closet * Think * Do something nice for someone anonymously * Check the stock market * Plan a romantic encounter *
Clean out a files * Tell someone how you really feel * When you become truly physically hungry,
Eat What You Love and Love What You Eat!

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