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How To Get Yourself To Eat Even When You Really Don’t Want To

Once in a while, it can become difficult to get yourself to eat; it can get boring. A little voice in your head might convince you that you shouldn’t eat. You might feel too sad to eat, or too tired to cook something. But the thing is, you have to eat to keep going. Every single reason not to eat might seem like the most sensible and logical thing, but you still need that food. It happens and for when it does, here are some tips that might help.

Make a smoothie

Sometimes, eating just feels like too much work and so making a smoothie will fill your stomach and give you some energy, and this will help in the short run. All you really need are a couple of bananas, some milk, and a blender. To make it a little more filling, you can add some cereal or plain oats and blend those as well.

Dress it up

Sometimes, not a lot of things seem appealing. One way to tackle that is to make it seem like whatever you’re eating is something you ordered at a fancy restaurant. Bring out some good plates, light a candle, and plate your dish in a way that makes it look appetizing.

Lower the effort

At other times, what you really want is much less effort. When that happens, remember that you don’t have to put effort into your food if you don’t want to. The goal is just to eat something. For example, if you want to eat a sandwich but it’s too much work to put everything together, just pile it all on a plate and eat the parts separately. Dip the bread in whatever bread-spread you were going to use, and take occasional bites out of a tomato or cheese slice. It might feel a little weird at first but hey, it all ends up together in the end.

Distract yourself

Sit in front of a TV or switch on Netflix. You could also listen to music, or read something while you eat. Listen to an audiobook or a podcast. If your mind gets in the way of eating, this can be a good way to silence it for a bit and get the food you need. Bonus: you get to catch up on that TV show you keep saying you’ll get around to someday.

Eat with a friend

If you have roommates of any kind, try to go for meals with them. If you can’t do that, arrange a video call with a friend and eat your separate meals together. Occasionally one of you can pretend to feed the camera or flex about the fun thing you’re eating. You know you miss that friend – call them.

Eat whatever you want

Sometimes it’s not that you don’t want to eat, but that you feel you have to eat healthy, eat less, or eat only very specific foods. That often means that you end up not eating anything at all. Screw that – your body needs food to keep going, and it’s better to eat something than nothing. Eat whatever it is your craving. Your body will thank you for feeding it.

The next time you think of skipping a meal, try not to. Eat what you want, however you want, in a way that makes it easiest for you to get the nutrients you need. You got this!

I'm a second-year undergraduate at Krea University, majoring in Literature. I like dogs, can eat huge amounts of ice cream, and spend a lot of my free time on yarn work.
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