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Since this surgery I have noticed that I have a lot of head hunger when anxious or stressed out but also when I am board. I do have an appointment scheduled with a therapist who specializes in disordered eating but It is not until the end of July. Just wondering if anyone has any tips or information about how to deal with this now.

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For boredom eating (or any type of emotional eating) I find distraction works well for me. Fine something else to do with your hands and/or mind. Knitting, arts and craft, go for a walk, put on some music and exercise or dance, call a friend or family member, puzzles etc etc. If you are easily distracted it won't take long but generally 15 to 30 minutes works well for me.

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Before surgery, I often boredom ate on weekends. I’d get all my chores done in the morning & then nibble to fill in time in the afternoon. It can be a hard habit to break.

Finding something to occupy your mind or distract you for a while as @Hopscotch suggested does help. I’ll read. Watch a documentary. Play a game on my iPad. Check my social media. I also ask myself why do I want to eat? Am I really hungry? I also make myself wait 15 to 30 minutes &/or have something to drink to break the desire for something to eat.

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I'm a "bored" eater as well. Being trapped in my house during the worst of the pandemic was a challenge. Sometimes I just have to leave the house to get my mind away from food!

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I have this problem too. I find getting into a computer game helps me.

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Yes, I eat when I am bored too... If I don't have plans on the weekends I often end up napping a lot or listening to podcasts on days like today when it's too hot to go outside. I will also call people to chat (like my mom or best friend), or go mall walking, use the treadmill, come on this website, plan a healthy meal to cook, clean up/put things away, etc.

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Thank you all for your suggestions. Idk how I would be doing all this without the support of everyone here.

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