You Can't Eat and Knit: Thoughts on Displacement Activity

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You Can't Eat and Knit: Thoughts on Displacement Activity

Post by NoelFigart » Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:33 am

Anyone find that as they're getting away from snacking much that they have any displacement activity.

I ate a lighter lunch than I probably should, and was unusually hungry kind of early in the afternoon. I usually judge these things better, but for whatever reason, it didn't work out properly today.

I could have chosen to drink something with calories, but I wasn't quite that uncomfortable, so I didn't.

I'm working on a sweater, so I made a pot of tea, turned Order of the Phoenix back on my audiobook and just went back to working on a sleeve.

I got into it enough that by the time I came up for air, it was time to make some rice and reheat the curry we had leftover from dinner last night.

But I got to thinking. Does anyone else find they do more with their hands when they give up on the snacking?
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Post by FarmerHal » Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:01 am

I wish I would figure out knitting. My brain just doesn't get it! LOL would for sure give me something to do between meals. Yes, busy hands/bodys make it hard to snack. Animal care around here can do that pretty well mornings anyway. I can always throw a dog in the tub and do some grooming.

One thing I'm noticing... snacking/food was my stress relief. Now that I do not have an outlet for that STRESS... I think it's causing some sort of anxiety build up, it's very troubling. :? Going to have to work on that, for sure.

DD and I like to go paint pottery... you can buy the pieces and take them home and use acrylic paints on them, that might be something to do.
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Post by Queenie » Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:31 am

Yes, Noel, I'm finding that if I can distract myself with being busy with something, then the hunger fades.

It helps that I got a new wireless keyboard and mouse. Because I used to bring drinks and snacks to my desk while I was working. But since I splashed some tea on my new keyboard (fortunately without damage), I no longer bring drinks or food to my desk.

Even if it's an S-day, nothing food-related comes to my desk.

So typing has turned out to be a great way to just ignore the growling.

Which is exactly what happened with me today. My sister brought me some homemade soup for lunch. I wasn't hungry for lunch yet but I ate it since she had brought it over hot.

I knew it wouldn't hold me until dinner. But I also knew that I wasn't hungry enough to eat more than the soup. So I just thought, "Oh well, I'll be hungry for dinner today."

It took less than two hours for me to start feeling peckish. So I knuckled down at the computer and the hunger faded to the background.

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Post by Merry » Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:27 pm

Not specifically. I mean, I usually have things to do (I'm working from home, I'm doing chores etc...), so usually I just keep doing what I need to do and say, "Oh well, so what if I have the munchies?" Sometimes I go make some hot tea. But since I'm not doing a new activity, it doesn't necessarily take my mind off of wanting to eat something...sometimes it does. Honestly though, most of the time I'm not usually *truly* hungry, I'm just snackish. I think I'm just used to eating for reasons other than hunger, and those are hard habits to break!
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Post by oolala53 » Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:07 pm

I WISH I would get busy with my hands more often during diversion time. I'm not very productive in my diversions, but since I believe overeating is shallow, I figure replacing it even with other shallow stuff is still an improvement.

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Post by NoelFigart » Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:29 pm

Oolala, I won't say that my displacement activity is never playing the newest Artifex Mundi game, what wit lyin' bein' a sin and all...
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Post by r.jean » Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:03 pm

I crochet and I try to do it when I watch TV. I think it does help to keep me from snacking.

Recently we started doing jigsaw puzzles again, and I end up working on them during commercials or during a low point in the TV watching. We did puzzles as a family when I was growing up and occasionally when our kids were younger, and it is also a good way to bring about family discussions while doing a fairly mindless activity.
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Post by NoelFigart » Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:44 pm

Jigsaw puzzles are a great way to hang out with family! I like that one.
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Post by Strawberry Roan » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:26 pm

I know at work I can go all day, literally 8-5 and not care a bit about food because there is always something to do. Although I can eat at my desk, if it is covered with important legal paperwork, I hesitate to do so.

I do crochet at home and read a lot - when I get into it, I don't want to stop even to eat (but do get up to reheat or remake a cup of green tea).
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Post by xara » Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:18 pm

I have been studying Spanish online with Duolingo. I love it and have a hard time stopping even when I'm hungry!

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Post by Andie » Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:21 pm

I'm enjoying my adult colouring books I got for christmas, it's good for stress relief as well. I (like you farmerhal) am trying to find coping mechanisms for stress other than my previous go to: food. I feel like I am more productive when I'm not snacking in general, as I used to also use it for procrastination...
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Post by leafy_greens » Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:59 pm

Yeah I play guitar for my distraction activity, but it's become so obvious that I'm distracting myself that I don't like playing because it seems mandatory, like forcing myself to exercise. Know what I mean? I guess my habit is not built well.
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