Science-Backed Tips to Stop Mindless Eating
How to Stop Snacking When You Are Full?
What Is Boredom?
Why Do I Need To Eat More Than One Meal A Day?
The Benefits Of Having Healthy Food All The Time
When Should I Start Eating Breakfast And Lunch?
I Want To Be Fit, But My Body Isn’t Attached To Me Anymore!
I Want To Stay Away From Junk Foods, But I Can’t Resist The Taste!
How Much Does It Cost To Have Good Health?
You may have noticed that your body doesn’t feel like it’s attached to you anymore. Your mind is no longer engaged in creative activities or enjoying yourself. You are not living life to its fullest potential. You want to live life with passion and excitement, but you don’t know what exactly you need to do now. You are tired all the time. You want to get up and move around, but you can’t because you are so sleepy.
If you’re feeling like this, then there is nothing wrong with being bored sometimes. That’s normal. However, if boredom becomes a habit, then it could become a problem for your health. If you keep on eating junk food every day without any kind of break from it, eventually your body will start rejecting these foods and begin craving healthier foods again.
Being bored is a state of mind and nothing more. If you’ve ever seen small children when they are bored, they don’t really know how to act. They usually just get overly excited about silly things and laugh at things that aren’t even funny. Sometimes they get angry for no real reason at all, but it doesn’t last long because kids are resilient like that.
Your body is no different than a child in this regard. If you keep on feeding it junk food, then it’s going to want more junk food. Eventually, your body is going to grow tired of eating the same old unhealthy stuff and crave something better.
In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “Boredom is not a disease, so much as monotony is.” It’s not that you can’t be bored, it’s just that you’re letting yourself get bored. You need to be proactive and do something about it before it gets out of hand. Instead of spending all of your time in front of a screen, go outside for a walk or engage in some other physical activity.
Engage in things that you used to enjoy doing but haven’t done in a long time. Most of all, try to find ways to occupy your time without using technology at all.
Does it cost a lot of money to eat healthy?
It does if you’re eating at places like McDonald’s or buying junk food in bulk. But if you shop in discount stores and make meals from food you grow yourself, it actually ends up being much cheaper in the long run. For example, you can buy a pound of carrots for less than a dollar. If you eat just the carrots, it’s going to last you several days and be a tasty snack when you get hungry.
Where most people mess up with eating healthy is not eating regularly. Eating too much at once then starving the rest of the day until you make your next big meal. This is a mistake for several reasons. One, your body is in a constant state of starvation which messes up your metabolism.
Second, when you get hungry, you’re going to be tempted to eat food that’s bad for you because you’ll eat it all before the feeling of being full sets in. This is why most people who diet end up gaining the weight back eventually.
Overall, eating healthy is a lot easier than people think it is. It just takes some getting used to and a little planning ahead. The hardest part is giving up the junk food, but your body will thank you for it in the long run.
You are bored though, so maybe you should take your own advice. You don’t want to go outside though. It’s cold and it’s been snowing pretty hard recently. You decide that maybe you’ll go dig through your closet and see if there’s anything in there you could auction off.
After digging through your closet, you come across a few old video games you thought you lost. You remember these were sentimental to you at one time, but now they just take up space. You don’t play them anymore and you’re not likely to in the future either. Although, you think someone else might get some enjoyment out of them if they are able to play them on a console that is still supported.
See if you can get some money for them.
Your games sell for a decent price, so you decide to put a little more effort into this. You go through all of your old stuff and see what else you can find to get some extra money. After searching through various boxes in your room and garage, you come across a few items that were either given to you as gifts or that you had acquired over the years.
After getting everything together, you start looking up the going price for the items online and find that you have enough to afford a new video game, so you order a used one that looks pretty popular. You figure if it sells well, you can always go search for more stuff to sell.
Now that you have some free time, you decide to finally spend more time with your mom. She’s been so busy at work lately that you feel like you never see her anymore.
“Hey sweetie, I’m home!” she says as she walks through the front door.
“Hey mom.” You reply without looking away from the TV.
She puts down her purse and stares at you while you continue to sit on the couch.
“Hmm, I never noticed how much you look like your father.” She smiles.
You have a strong resemblance to your dad with the same dark hair and eyes. At one point, you heard your mom mention to a friend that before she met your dad, she was promiscuous and slept around with different guys. You always thought that maybe you weren’t actually her husband’s son, but given what she just said, that couldn’t be true. She never brought him up in conversation very much.
In fact, the only time you really ever talked about him was when you yelled at her for dating again.
“Well, he is my dad.” You reply as you turn towards her.
She walks over and sits next to you.
“I know sweetie, I just miss him that’s all.”
Why did you have to go and date so soon?”
you immediately blurt out.
She sighs and looks down. You feel bad for asking the question you’ve been holding in for so long.
“I don’t know… I just thought it would hurt less if I dated again.”
“It hurts less when you don’t date at all.” You say.
She gives you a puzzled look as if what you said didn’t make sense.
“I know sweetie, trust me I know.”
You and your mom sit in silence for a while before she speaks again.
So, did you do anything exciting today?”
“Nah, just school stuff.” You reply.
Are you sure? You’re not holding back on me?”
she asks with a suspicious look.
“Yes, mom! I said school stuff.” You exclaim while rolling your eyes.
She can be so dramatic at times. You sometimes think she acts more like a teenager than you do.
“Okay, okay. I was just checking.” She says while slightly pouting.
She gets up from the couch and goes into the kitchen. You hear her start to open cupboards, probably to see if you’ve eaten any of the food she stored away. You can’t be bothered to even get up, so you just yell out to her.
“I haven’t eaten anything yet, mom!”
“Okay, I was just checking!” she says from the kitchen.
She’s been doing that a lot lately. Each time you see or talk to her, she asks if you’ve done anything exciting. You feel as if she’s feeling guilty for working and not being home to watch over you. Well that’s impossible since she’s always been busy with work.
When your dad was still around, he always said she was a workaholic and nothing was going to change.
Your mom returns from the kitchen and sits next to you again. She’s holding a small book in her hand. It’s one of dad’s photo albums. He had quite a few of them, probably because he took so many pictures.
Your mom must be feeling really nostalgic right now because you know for a fact that she never goes through them.
She turns to the first page and points to a black and white photo of your dad in his teens.
Do you know how we met?”
It’s a common story she’s told you a bunch of times before. You nod your head and reply: “He bumped into you and dropped his books.”
She smiles and turns the page. The next photo is her standing next to dad in a photo booth with big grins on their faces.
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