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25 Things to Do Instead of Mindless Eating

Subbing carrots for the cookie jar can require you to practice mind over matter. Make mindless eating a thing of the past by keeping a few alternative activities on tap. Whether it’s getting outside for a walk, spending quality time with the family or checking a chore off the list – your new mantra will be meeting those goals.

Take up a hobby

  1. Learn to play an instrument
  2. Take up a craft (i.e. painting, sketching, or photography)
  3. Build something
  4. Start a scrapbook
  5. Write a short story
  6. Do some gardening


Get Outside

  1. Walk around the block
  2. Go for a bike ride
  3. Walk to the park


Check Off Some Chores

  1. Make a to-do list
  2. Start a project you’ve been meaning to do
  3. Clean out your closet
  4. Clean out your junk drawer
  5. Clean the house
  6. Give the dog a bath


Take time for yourself

  1. Take a relaxing bath
  2. Give yourself a manicure or pedicure
  3. Start a journal
  4. Catch up on your reading list
  5. Go Shopping



  1. Do 50 jumping jacks
  2. Do some crunches
  3. Go to the gym
  4. Go for a jog
  5. Dance