I need to fight Boredom

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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 09:56
One of the problems in driving 10-14 hrs a day is boredom. One of my big problems anyway. You can pick your nose, your back side, your ears, bite your fingernails, or eat. As evidenced by weight....let's just say I graze alot and often. I was truly amazed to find thanks to this site, how many calories there are in a bag of cookies or a pound of peanut M&M's!! It wasn't a reach to do those every day! Then to eat an Omlette for Breakfast and a fairly hearty dinner.
I suppose you can tell, I've got. Horrible sweet tooth. I fought boredom with candy and all the stuff I'm not supposed to have.
Thanks to an IPod I listen to a ton of music and.hours upon hours of audio books, still the urge is there to pop something and keep on munching. Done fairly well for almost two weeks, but if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all eyes.
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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 10:25
The more sugar and flour you eat the more your appetite will be stimulated. Try nuts and beef jerky for a snack.

I'd also suggest listening to some podcasts from Jimmy Moore, wellness underground and balanced bites.
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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 10:28
This idea might not work for you, but when I was driving a lot, I found that munching on crunchy food helped me stay alert and since I didn't need the added calories, I found that crushed ice did the trick for me. Something to crunch, but didn't add pounds. It didn't take very long to make it a habit!
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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 10:33
When I get late afternoon munchies, I chew sugar free gum and drink tons of water. It really seems to help.

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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 11:16
2 suggestions I have are to keep the snacks in the back of the vehicle, so that you have to pull over to get to them. Second would be snacking on carrots and raw veggies.

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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 11:23
Id go with drinking more water, if your stomack is full you dont want to munch, and ice for the crunchies. Also carrots and raw veggies, but only when there is no way you can do without something to munch.

I also ate out of boredom, but not while driving. And you are already listening to audiobooks. Try podcasts as well, but that might be much of the same.

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Posted: 08 Dec 2011, 14:10
try drinking hot tea. Be careful while you drive with it, but it usually make me not hungry. Also try listening to NPR. Then you will be learning and too busy interested in the topics to want to eat.

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Posted: 29 Jan 2012, 12:42
I have the same problem when i read at night. The ice water helps. I also chew gum. Sometimes I go through an entire pack bc I will have three or more pieces in at once and I want to blow bubbles. Then the flavor isnt as good as when you first start so I chunk it and start again. When Im in the car, I do that and I have a karaoke playlist. Wink

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Posted: 30 Jan 2012, 04:28
I'd start with making it a rule to NOT have snacks in the car. Have plenty - PLENTY of water, as you can many times "fix" hunger by drinking water. The crushed ice idea is great - and also make sure to eat healthy things if you DO want to graze. Pickles, carrots, bell peppers...
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Posted: 03 Feb 2012, 18:29
Not sure why you drive so many hours, but I do too--well, 11 hours. I drive a truck. I know you don't want to drink a lot of anything because you don't want to stop every 15 minutes, but to more you drink, the more your body gets used to it.

My suggestion is sugar-free hard candy and fruit.


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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 09:25
Air pop popcorn. Sugarless gum -- lots of different flavors. Celery.

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 15:23
You have to break the habit of eating in the car/truck. Just stop it. (ya ya). You don’t need to snack. I use to do it and once I broke the habit, and quit buying the snacks on the road, my trips were much better. You don’t need the crap since one pack of m&m‘s leads to another. Try to plan your days and your meals. Know what your snack is and when if you can. I drink a lot on the road but I hate stopping. If you’re a guy it is much easier J I was going to suggest the audio books but you have already covered that. Maybe learn something. A language? A Self Help book? You have a hard challenge since boredom is the problem and not much else you can do but listen to stuff. Good luck, hope it gets better.

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 15:57
Definitely- sugar free gum or mints usually settle the rumble of my stomach in the afternoons. I find a lot of it is just oral fixation- I'm not hungry, my mouth just needs something to do out of boredom. Good luck!

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Posted: 30 Nov 2012, 10:06
So, how's it going?

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Posted: 30 Nov 2012, 19:09
I suggest getting something interesting to listen to, like some kind of learning recordings. One solution to eating that comes from boredom is to attack the boredom.

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