How do you stop from eating while writing?

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  1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
    Billie Kelpinposted 5 years ago

    How do you stop from eating while writing?

    So I just went to the refrigerator for the 3rd time this morning.  I guess I think that's where the inspiration is kept!  Help, how do you stop this insanity

  2. CroftRoan profile image81
    CroftRoanposted 5 years ago

    I still haven't found the answer to that myself but I try pulling snacks out in small quantities or I write during an actual meal. Also do your writing sessions away from the fridge. I used to write all the time in my bedroom and, while I kept small things to nibble on, I felt to lazy or into the story to actually go downstairs and get something to eat.

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      good strategy.  I count going to the refrig as exercise!  No?  I like the snack idea at the desk.  Wriing during an actual meal - you're a GREAT multi-tasker.

  3. MickS profile image72
    MickSposted 5 years ago

    It's procrastination, whilst you're eating, you ain't writing, your doing it to yourself.  Stop that, and get more writing done.

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I also post and answer questions Mick.  Ok, one more and I'll stop!

    2. MickS profile image72
      MickSposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ah, posting and answering questions is all writing, it maybe not what you wan't, but it's still good practice.

  4. lburmaster profile image83
    lburmasterposted 5 years ago

    By using the food as motivation. Cannot eat until finished writing a certain number of pages.

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      very excellent!  I'm hungry.  I better write!

  5. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    I am a total obsessive eater, but oddly enough I get so amped up when I am writing that I don't eat and write at the same time.  Weird - I just realized if I write more, I would eat less - thanks!!

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I need to change in that direction!  Thanks duffsmom

  6. M. T. Dremer profile image95
    M. T. Dremerposted 5 years ago

    A lot of eating is based on association. For example, if you eat in front of the tv, you will always get hungry in front of the tv. Try moving your writing to a room that you haven't associated with snacks and try writing there. If you can do it a few times without getting up for food, then you will have created a snack-free work space. Or, if that doesn't work. Just get a giant cup of water and sip it slowly over the course of your writing. It will give your hands something to do with none of the calories. (Though you will have to pee a lot.)

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      MT.  There IS no room like that (tee hee).  I'd have to write in the bathroom! So you think I should more the two bowls 2 cans of diet Coke, my "Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy" mug, and the fork and spoon on my desk right now?

  7. Kevina Oyatedor profile image67
    Kevina Oyatedorposted 5 years ago

    You don't lol. I still eat while I am writting. Sometimes It makes me think of more ideas for stories.

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Kevina,  now that's my style smile

  8. maggs224 profile image84
    maggs224posted 5 years ago

    I have so much clutter on my computer desk that it is hard to even fit my cup of tea on it, so I find this works for me, keep your desk full of clutter and you will have no room for food to snack on.

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!

  9. Grab a Controller profile image70
    Grab a Controllerposted 5 years ago

    I usually give myself a topic to write about that I know I would have to concentrate on: like a breakdown of a game I have not played for a long time, lists, or spotlights. I am currently doing a list of cliches found in video games, and I have been researching and writing so much, that I don't get the urge to eat at all!

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I think that's what author Csikszentmihalyi refers to as "Flow" - Excellent - can't quite get there myself.  Cliches in video games sounds FASCINATING.  If you have time, leave an example here. (it will be a teaser smile

  10. baygirl33 profile image59
    baygirl33posted 5 years ago

    I don't. I love to eat while I'm doing anything.
    But maybe it's procrastination or boredom,just plain restlessness.
    I solve the problem by keeping only healthy snacks handy,and just indulge!

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Baygirl, You've got it on the "procrastination"  Mick S said that too. Actually   Can we call it "waiting for inspiration"? AND restlessness  (never thought of that (while trying to think of the right words.)  I'll try healthy snacks.  Thanks a bunch

  11. Abby Campbell profile image93
    Abby Campbellposted 5 years ago

    LOL. I don't eat in front of the computer anymore. I actually step away and enjoy my meals/snacks. Though it may be in front of the television, it's probably better to give my eyes and brain a break.

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Cute!  So maybe I should think of my computer like my forever-thin friend, Leslie.  I NEVER eat what I REALLY want to eat in front of her.  I think I'll call my computer Leslie.  You just paved a new path for me to follow.  (Maybe tomorrow!)

  12. Lady_E profile image63
    Lady_Eposted 5 years ago

    Keep a thought in your mind that you will reward yourself with something nice after you have finished what you are writing.

    Whenever you see visions of that sugared doughnut, or chocolate cake or whatever it is that whispers your name from the refrigerator, immediately have in mind you will have it in just about half an hour or an hours time and look forward to it. Then continue with your writing.

    It takes discipline - but it works.

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image85
      Billie Kelpinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Lady_E.  I like the reward for later.  We forget to do that.  I think it can be very motivating.  My eating while writing is when I can't get a thought, it's like I'm looking for inspiration somewhere in the kitchen!  I should look in my head!

 
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