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Avoid Mindless Eating in the Car

Diet Tip: Don't Eat in the Car

If you have a long commute to and from work, you may be tempted to eat in the car. Mindless eating can really lead to overeating but especially if you're eating in the car. If you typically stop at fast-food places and scarf it down on the way home, wait until you get home to eat or, better yet, don't stop at all and cook for yourself at home. Before you know it, you'll break the habit of eating in the car and be able to enjoy your calories elsewhere (hopefully at a dinner table).

Fit's Tip: To avoid the tempting glow of the fast-food signs, keep a healthy snack in your glove compartment for when your tummy starts to rumble.

Want more? Be sure to check out all my great diet tips.


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wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
"I saw a special on Today about a guy who used to weigh 385 lbs and he didn't eat much during the day, but on his commute home, he would stop at 3 or 4 fast food joints and consume over 9000 calories! Once he stopped doing that, he lost something like 200 lbs. Craziness." That's an ED. It compulsive binge-eating. I had it and you sort of sleepwalk into those situation "buying, buying, buying until you think you have enough to fill the void." Then in a very, very short time you cram it all in. Binge-eaters try not to vomit. I bought it, it gives me comfort and pain, masks the real problem and I'm not giving it up. Once you realize and acknowledge the problem then you can address it and stop it.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I have a stick shift, so I literally can't eat in the car because I don't have enough hands, lol. I saw a special on Today about a guy who used to weigh 385 lbs and he didn't eat much during the day, but on his commute home, he would stop at 3 or 4 fast food joints and consume over 9000 calories! Once he stopped doing that, he lost something like 200 lbs. Craziness.
emalove emalove 9 years
I eat breakfast in my car sometimes on the way to work, but it's always something I bought with me from my house. Never fast food!
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
oy. i've started to eat in my car b/c i don't have time in between work and class, other than sitting in traffic. although, that has totally led to mindless eating. doh!
missyd missyd 9 years
True story, TidalWave. The burger still looks nasty though.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
"That greasy burger is almost the size of her head." missy: that is just the way the photo was taken; the two items are not in porportion to each other - the steering wheel looks overly large as well.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
I keep granola bars and fruit leather in my glovebox. That way if I do snack on something, it's tasty. Oh and I never ever go through drive-thrus. Who has time for that?!!
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 9 years
I never have eat in my cars. It totally ruins them.
missyd missyd 9 years
The chick in the picture of this post is gross. That greasy burger is almost the size of her head. Disgusting.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years nephew and the other skaters who drive themselves to the rink all are forced to eat in their cars - while driving. Of course I have to remind them all that in CA eating while driving is illegal and a ticketable offense. None of them are "fat". Geez, if you even start to say "fa" around an ice skater and they'll find a scale and a measuring tape and start plotting to workout harder and get skinnier. I was once fat and never ate in my car because it's a manual, it's ultra clean inside (I hate my leather interior getting dirty) and I didn't like people lookin' at the fat girl eat. "Look at the fat girl stuffing her face" is what would go through my mind. So I'd stuff in private.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
i would be morbidly obese if i was talented enough to eat and drive.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Anyone I've known to eat in the car has been fat, so, yah, don't do it.
iamvictorious iamvictorious 9 years
This is SO true! I use to feel like I had an eating disorder.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
I usually only eat breakfast in the car, and it's always something portion-controlled from home. For long drives I turn to audio books to keep the boredom at bay. For extra-long drives I pack a sandwich and pretzels.
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 9 years
I usually keep some healthy snacks in the car too... they do help me avoid fast food on long car rides, plus they are good if i forget to eat and get low blood sugar while driving, which could be really dangerous
oatmeal_bliss oatmeal_bliss 9 years
This is so true... I think that's why a lot of people enjoy smoking so much in their cars. Long drives can be so boring.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I keep a granola bar in my car. ::)
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