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MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (205,129)
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2/12/13 2:59 P

Try chewing gum - perhaps it will keep you from eating the fried food.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/12/13 2:49 P

I agree with those that are suggesting you should not be taking nibbles from the food set out for customers to purchase. So, rather than looking at this as a "control my diet" issue, look at it as a "increase my professionalism on the job" challenge.

I don't know just what you are eating - fries? or...? but why not, at the beginning of your shift, measure out "one small serving" of whatever it is, and when the urge to nibble strikes - serve yourself from *your personal portioned-out serving.* That way, at least you can track what you're eating.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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2/12/13 2:08 P

Isn't that a food safety issue, eating while you're working like that? I know if I saw a worker at a restaurant "dipping" into the food while on the job, I'd be pretty grossed out.

I would make a rule that anything at work is OFF LIMITS. I wouldn't even rely on them for my actual meal food, I'd bring food from home to eat on my break or whatever.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,917)
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2/12/13 9:12 A

Put rubber band on your wrist, and any time you get the urge to nibble, snap it. It will help remind you that you are working, and shouldn't be sampling the merchandise; not only are you eating unnecessary calories, you're cutting into the store's profits by eating things that aren't getting paid for!

Get a notepad, and attach a pencil to it with a string. Any time you snack, mark it on that sheet of paper. It doesn't have to be accurate, just start being AWARE of your snacking.

Start changing your language. You're defeating yourself by starting out with "I can't."

I CAN stop this habit.
I CAN count these calories.

I WILL stop snacking.
I WILL track these calories, even if I have to guess.

It's time to stop being the victim of your habits, and start taking control of them.

35BYMAY SparkPoints: (1,477)
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2/12/13 8:44 A

that is my WORST habit... mindless nibbles... with a little one at home it's even worse... sandwich crusts, leftover fruit, cheese, crackers etc. I am getting better, but I still leave myself 300-400 calories a day for mindless munching- so I plan my day for eating 1200 calories so if (when) I nibble, I still don't go over 1500-1600 calories (my range).

2/12/13 8:16 A

I have a hard time, while fixing dinner, not nibbling on things, absent-mindedly popping one or two bites in my mouth. I had to teach myself (and it needs constant reinforcement) to STOP and think, Do you really want to do that? No? Then don't. It takes work, but you can teach yourself to be mindful of everything you put it in your mouth. It's just a bad habit that has to be broken if you want to track how much you're eating.

PJANTO Posts: 79
2/12/13 7:47 A

I feel your pain. I work at an Italian restaurant. We make the best bread! Now and then something fried is cooked a little too dark or ordered by mistake, and put up in the window for all to share. I eat my piece, track, and move on. I try a tiny piece of bread or sample dressings or soups when I manage for quality control, track, then move on. We get meals half off, but I buy only every few months or so. Funny how so many of the employees eat a meal every shift and blame their weight on birth control!

I do pack my own snacks. Most are healthy, some are not, but I track them all. Why don't you try making a note of all you snack on at work? Use a scrap of paper or keep an accurate mental note to log later. If you are eating healthy/low cal during the day, it might not be pushing you too far over your limit. If it is, and you are truly serious about losing weight or being healthier, then you will need to limit yourself. Try every other shift to start. You'll know that you can still look forward to a treat tomorrow, while at the same time practicing self control. If you do slip up, don't use it as an excuse to fall off the wagon all together. You can always get back on.

2/12/13 7:08 A

I've had this problem too, OP. It stinks.
Do you actually make the fried things there?

This is what I would do. Might not work for everyone. One way to help not eat it is to look at the cooking method, and imagine all of that oil filling up your body, making it bigger. Try to make the food disgusting to you. You would never ever eat that garbage. That way you can get through the day without eating it, and feel great at the end.

I also like the idea of chewing gum, but understandably you couldn't do that all day, otherwise your jaw would get very sore lol!

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
2/12/13 7:02 A

I have to say, if I saw the server continually eating from the food that they were preparing; I'd go elsewhere - it's unsanitary to be going back and forth between your mouth and the food.

However, I still don't know why you CAN'T count the calories. It is more that you don't want to, and be honest with yourself about just how much you're eating. It's likely the best way to overcome it. Each time you grab a fry (or whatever it is), write it down somewhere (even a tick mark on a piece of paper). Or pay for it - so that if at the end of a shift you've consumed the equivalent of a small serving; pay that into the cash.

Technically, if you don't pay for it, it's stealing, no?
But, even if you're permitted to do so, you're stealing from yourself - because you're not being honest about your goals

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2/12/13 4:11 A

TIFFANY1968 - WHY can't you count the calories?

Apart from that, perhaps one way to help you stop that habit is if you had to pay for what you eat! Have you tried having something else for your mouth to do instead of constantly putting food into it? Are you able to eat some gum? (nicely, if the public see you)


BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
2/12/13 3:50 A

You can stop it. It is a habit, and it can be broken. Be mindful of where your hands are at all times, and keep them away from your mouth! It is hard, but you will get there. Maybe wear a bright bracelet on the hand you eat with to remind you not to eat the bad food?

TIFFANY1968 SparkPoints: (1,969)
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2/12/13 3:03 A

I work at a store, where I sell fried foods all night. I am hand to mouth all night and I cant stop this habit. Im not even hungry most the time. Whats worse is I cant count those calories. I still go to the gym but I am defeating the purpose.

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