Heart-Full Snacks

Another technique that my behavioral therapist gave me the other day was a list of “heart-full snacks” – things that I could do instead of reaching for food.  Here’s the list:

  • get a bear hug from a friend
  • buy one stem of a flower just for you
  • ask for a foot rub
  • call a child/grandchild (yours or a friend’s)
  • listen to your favorite song
  • call someone you love and tell them you love them
  • pause for meditation
  • flirt with your partner
  • ask for time with a partner/friend
  • listen to a relaxation tape
  • start an evening ritual for slowing down
  • ask your partner to read you a story
  • hold hands with your partner, a child, or your friend
  • volunteer to baby-sit in the infant room next Sunday at church
  • go to church when its empty and sit in silence (or anywhere for that matter)
  • take a bubble bath
  • take a sex break (giggity)
  • breathe
  • walk to the corner and back
  • find a walking buddy

I’m trying these out – I need to break this unhealthy snacking habit.