Published on November 18, 2015

101 alternatives to mindless eating

Are you an emotional eater? A mindless eater? Don't worry! You have options!

Mindless and emotional eating are two ways to lose track of what and how much you are eating. Both disconnect you from your body's true needs for food as fuel. But don't worry! You have many other options. Eat for fuel, and try one of these for emotional hunger.

  1. Call a friend
  2. Go for a walk
  3. Clean a drawer
  4. Paint your nails
  5. Get a coloring book
  6. Pop in a mint
  7. Play cards
  8. Take a bath
  9. Go for a drive
  10. Organize your closet
  11. Get a haircut
  12. Chew a piece of gum
  13. Explore nature
  14. Visit the animal shelter
  15. Get a massage
  16. Do yard work
  17. Update your address book
  18. Volunteer at a local hospital
  19. Plant some flowers
  20. Clean the bathroom
  21. Walk around the block
  22. Read a book
  23. Give yourself a makeover
  24. Write a letter to a friend
  25. Plan a trip
  26. BREATHE!
  27. Try yoga
  28. Clean a closet
  29. Drink some tea
  30. Learn to play an instrument
  31. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen
  32. Verbalize your feelings
  33. Give yourself a pedicure
  34. Brush your teeth
  35. Visit elderly at a nursing home
  36. Chop veggies to keep on hand
  37. Let yourself cry
  38. Take a shower
  39. Experiment with calming essential oils
  40. Balance your checkbook/bank account
  41. Do the dishes by hand
  42. Finish an unfinished project
  43. SCREAM!
  44. Start a new hobby
  45. Send a card to a friend
  46. Plant some herbs
  47. Light a candle
  48. Take 5 deep breaths
  49. Journal your feelings
  50. File your bills
  51. Update your calendar
  52. Learn to knit or crochet
  53. Dust your ceiling fans
  54. Go for a bike ride
  55. Read a favorite book
  56. Buy yourself some flowers
  57. Put your feet up for a while
  58. Wash your car
  59. Do laundry
  60. Learn a new language
  61. Do a crossword puzzle
  62. Say a prayer
  63. Plan a fun date
  64. Do something nice for someone anonymously
  65. Cook or bake something for a neighbor
  66. Tune up your bike
  67. Watch a home movie
  68. Sweep the garage
  69. Explore new exercise options
  70. Sort your mail
  71. Rent a movie
  72. Meditate
  73. Read a self-help book
  74. Make a to-do list
  75. Take a nap
  76. Browse local real-estate listings
  77. List 5 things you are thankful for
  78. Watch the bloopers to your favorite sitcom
  79. Write a thank you note
  80. Learn a new word and find ways to use it in your vocabulary
  81. Create a picture calendar
  82. Change your hair color
  83. Volunteer at a local food pantry
  84. Scrub the floor
  85. Plan your meals for the next week
  86. Create a grocery list
  87. Learn to sew
  88. Lift weights
  89. Feel your feelings
  90. Dance!
  91. Organize the pantry
  92. Get rid of some old stuff
  93. Look through picture albums
  94. Watch a rerun of your favorite show
  95. Dust off an old exercise tape
  96. Set some goals
  97. Take a skills class
  98. Drink some water
  99. Test drive a new vehicle
  100. Build something
  101. Groom your pet
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