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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,745
10/10/13 10:18 P

I worked in a place that used to do that but the stock room guys would come in and eat everything before anyone else got the chance.

Otherwise I would just plan for it. Plan for one really good desert. But it has to be something really good. I don't want to waste calories on anything that is mediocre

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10/10/13 6:49 P

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I just eat a bite or two if there's nothing healthy to eat.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (61,851)
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10/10/13 3:38 P

my strategies -

if it's a 'pot luck', I always bring something healthy and make that my meal, with a 'taste' of some of my favorites from what others bring

for those times when there are decadent sweets, baked goods, etc. - I keep a picture in my mind of that person who doesn't wash their hands in the restroom (every office has at least 1) putting all those goodies on the plate. That image is stronger than my craving.


SHERYLDS Posts: 12,180
10/10/13 3:28 P

so many offices do the pizza thing....it's a good idea to convince mgmt. to order 1 tray of salad so that those who want to eat healthy or healthier, can have a little salad with their pizza or just salad. Also, bring up the point that with so many people with diabetes, and watching their weight, pizza or sandwiches, and a tray of salad solves a lot of problems.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
10/10/13 1:40 P

Haven't worked in an office other than my own for 15 or so years, other than occasionally so have not had that problem.

When I used to work full-time in newsrooms, yea, it was a problem. Frankly that was how I gained weight a couple of decades ago.



BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
10/10/13 11:51 A

Same problem here, endless office food (almost all of it "junk").

I made a rule with myself, to simply and ALWAYS "just say no" to the unplanned/unexpected stuff. Anything that just appears in the lunchroom - nope, didn't plan for it, not gonna eat it, I brought my own food. If it is a planned event (like a pre-organized catered lunch) then I will work it in to my daily plan. But if I didn't know about it and plan for it in advance? I simply don't. Though i have loosened up a little lately and will eat a little bit of fruit or veggies off any randomly-appearing fruit and veggie plates.

It can be very difficult especially at first to "just say no." It doesn't help that people can sometimes really press you to "enjoy." All that mmmm and 'you gotta try this!" and "did you get a piece of Anne's cake? she is the BEST baker omg"..... *grumble* But if you perservere, after awhile people stop offering you stuff. I still have to overhear it sometimes though, so I do my best to just blot it out.

In my workplace, there has been a tiny movement to "eat healthier" which is AWESOME but at the same time, it still includes "EAT." I find I am now having to dodge and decline the "healthy" foods... wow, i find this more difficult than dissuading the typical "donut pusher"... because after my "no thank you" i get the "but.. but it's healthy! and good for you!!!" Saying you don't want a glass of Healthy Smoothie is like saying you don't like puppies. So I took a cup and set it on my desk and discreetly tossed it later.

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10/10/13 8:39 A

I used to bring my own fruits and veggies and no one really seemed to mind.

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10/10/13 8:38 A

Are there other coworkers dieting in your office? If so, team up with them to split the donuts or bagels. Or, better yet, just cut what you want in half. Most people will not be offended, and may even follow suit. Unfortunately, at my last job we had the same thing. Vendors bringing in pizza, donuts, cakes, cupcakes, bar, etc. at least 2-3 days per week. I gained weight working there, on top of it, I had a desk job where I couldn't move around much. I avoided our break room as much as possible, but its all still tempting.

If you do opt to talk to management, just ask if they could include some fruit. Address it as a suggestion, not confrontational.

MATTHEW0498 SparkPoints: (31,975)
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10/10/13 8:35 A

That is a tough one! At my work, we do quarterly lunches and it seems people are always brining baked good in. I have learned to just stay away from the homemade stuff and when we have lunches or celebrations, I eat beforehand so that I am not hungry when the good and fattening stuff arrives.

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10/10/13 8:34 A

I'm in the same boat. My office orders lunch every other week and its never healthy in fact today its pizza. Fortunately I do the ordering most of the time and I will order a salad for myself. I totally understand what your saying about giving the appearance of not being a team player when I bring my own food I've gotten some looks for that.

I have decided I just don't care what they think I have to do what's best for me. Often times I think people give you the stink eye because they know they shouldn't be eating it either and maybe they feel a little guilty.

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10/10/13 8:33 A

I have a similar problem - I'm a volunteer - and we are often given chocolates, cake and other high fat/high sugar goodies - they are always in the office - year round. I try to tell myself that the first one will taste good, the second less good, the third won't taste much at all. But I still eat more than I should.

My latest strategy is observing my role model - a woman slightly older than me with a lovely figure. I noticed the other day that she took one small cake and then stopped. So I'm going to channel Angela, pretend to be her. I do notice that the larger people are very, very keen to press everybody else to eat the high carb stuff

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10/10/13 8:29 A

I feel your pain. My office provides breakfast every Friday (DD, Panera, Chicfila, etc) and a catered lunch once a month. Plus a cake party each month for the people with birthdays. All of this tends to happen on Fridays so we've taken to calling it Fat Friday. And then there are the co-workers who bake to deal with rough deadlines... emoticon

My best trick is to pull out one of my planned snacks or breakfast just before stuff arrives or gets started so even if I have a little bit of what is being served, I'll have already eaten so I don't have that much. Or I'll just lie and say thanks but I just ate.

I would be careful about how you approach management about it because they might take it as you not 'appreciating' their efforts. Good luck!

CEMOSES Posts: 20
10/10/13 7:57 A

Office food events are a problem for me. Sometimes I get around them by staying away or bringing my own food.

However yesterday I broke down. They had an Fall Celebration with Apple Pie, Donoughts and Apples. I should have just stayed with the Apples(which actually quite good). However, I ended up in pie and donoughts. It is hard because the food is nearby, everyone is saying it is good, and it is one of the things the office does to show "appreciation". I am bringing it up tpo higher management that they should do more for dieters.

I have learned to resist ice cream at work. I found it helped that I found some Skinny Cow desserts that I liked.

Any other suggestions? The food onslaught begins now and lasts until February.

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