Have you ever had to shut your mind off to hunger? Maybe you are not really hungry but you are thirsty or just bored. I know for a fact that I used to eat whenever I got bored. It was something that was satisfactory and delicious. I never ate anything healthy when I was bored. The afternoons are the worst time for me. I tend to get really sleepy and really hungry in the afternoons and I just want to snack from 2:00-dinnertime. That is one habit I have had to quit. Now I get my afternoon snack and then I tell my stomach that it is just bored, and if I am still hungry after a while I will go drink some water. I need to cut out all the extra mindless snacking! So next time it isn't yet time to eat and you find yourself reaching for the crackers, tell your tummy: you are bored not hungry, go do something else.