We hate to break it to you, but nutritionists aren't magical unicorns who are obsessed with broccoli.
We hate to break it to you, but nutritionists aren't magical unicorns who are obsessed with broccoli, repulsed by Cheetos, and never have to worry about their weight. Nope.
They're also are not immune to the struggle that is eating out of boredom. You know what we're talking about.
To keep you from sabotaging your weight-loss goals, we asked the nutritional geniuses how they keep blah-induced hunger pangs at bay.
“To keep me from eating before dinner, I pass the time as it’s being prepared (by my amazing husband) by filling up an online shopping cart. I become so engrossed in this distraction that I don't have time to snack or purchase the stuff in my cart before dinner is on the table!” —Laura Cipullo, R.D., founder of Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services
“I would never deny my physical hunger cues, but if my hunger is purely based on boredom, I'll get up and move around to change my thought pattern. I'll do some gentle yoga stretching, like taking a few sun salutations, backbends, or a few rounds of cat and cow poses. Practicing yoga helps bring me out of my bored state of mind and keeps me away from the kitchen.” —Kara Lydon, R.D., author of the e-book Nourish Your Namaste and founder of The Foodie Dietitian (Check out Women's Health's Look Better Naked DVD for moves that will get you closer to your weight-loss goals.)
“When I recognize that I want to eat something more out of boredom versus actual physical hunger, I brew myself a cup of hot tea. The hot liquid distracts me from snacking. Plus, it's really hydrating. And since even mild dehydration can manifest as hunger, this helps me to figure out if I really am hungry, or if I just needed some fluids.” —Alissa Rumsey, R.D., C.S.C.S.
“Getting up to actively organize something, like my closet, distracts me when I just want to snack—and it gets me moving. That's an added bonus!” —Beth Warren, R.D.
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“I too, want to eat, when I just don't need to. Rather than scarfing down needless calories, I try to distract myself first by brushing and flossing my teeth. The minty sensation dissuades me from putting anything else in my mouth.” —Janie Zeitlin, R.D.N.
“To avoid depriving myself while still keeping boundaries, I get my ‘fix’ of good nutrition and sweetness with a handful of trail mix made with almonds, chocolate chips, and some dried fruit, to avoid overeating.” —Stacey Antine, R.D.N. and Founder of Health Barn USA
“If I’m stuck at my home office while writing all day, I'll make sure to eat three to four times throughout the day to keep me from eating out of boredom. When I need a break from writing at the office, I'll know that my body is actually full, and that I don't need to eat. Then, I check Instagram and get inspired by cool people doing cool things. —Cipullo
"I'm always tempted to snack when I'm cooking, but I've found that listening to music serves as a solid distraction. I just put on my favorite playlist and end up singing until my meal is ready to go." —Ilyse Schapiro, R.D.
“Sipping hot water gives my hands and mouth something to do, especially while watching TV, and it's healthy! I need to do more of this.” —Cipullo