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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
1/27/13 8:15 A

I worked at a pizzeria for 17 years. This was obviously a huge help in me getting to 361 lbs. I struggled with not having any of the " crew pies ", and free fountain pop they allowed since it was so hot.

It wasn't about willpower. I had an issue with carbs. If I eat certain carbs, I will gorge on any other carbs within range of my hands. On low carb, I never feel hungry, and eat at my scheduled mealtimes. I still have no willpower, and if I say I will just have one pop, or one slice of pizza, I end up eating a 5000 calorie meal. No one chooses to do that.

It is a problem that I have recognized, and know how to avoid, by eating only certain types of carbs, and a certain amount too. I could sit in a bakery or pizzeria all day now, and not eat anything but my scheduled meals.

Until I found this out, I was sure I had something wrong with me. Turns out a lot of people have this problem, since most carb foods have been altered over the years, and not in a good way. By switching to low glycemic fruits and vegetables, and limiting some carbs like pasta, bread, noodles etc., you can eliminate cravings. Sugary carbs like ice cream,cake, and pop, are not on my menu at all, but most people will eat them sometime. Just know that they can cause binges, and will lead to weight gain.

CHIGIRL410 SparkPoints: (8,784)
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1/27/13 7:58 A

I hate to say it, but you may need a new job. There's such a thing as "willpower depletion" --- when you have to exercise your will power all the time just to be at work, you won't have as much left over at the end of the day to do all the things that you need to do in life. Can you find a job that doesn't require your will power?

Obviously some people manage to work at a bakery without gaining weight, but I know that I couldn't.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,247
1/27/13 7:38 A

When I worked at a bakery what I ended up doing was eating myself sick. And after that it was a lot easier to have one because I remembered what happened when I had more. And that was fairly typical for the first few few weeks. People tried to go easy, teetered on the edge, ate themselves sick, then had an easy time resisting or sticking to one after.

DIANE7786 Posts: 4,900
1/27/13 7:13 A

If you haven't worked in the bakery long, you might tire of the food soon. That was my experience at my high school job at a donut/ice cream store. If you've worked at the bakery for awhile, you might consider putting a plastic bag of healthy food in your pocket. You're eating when you're not hungry so the crunch of carrot, celery, apple slices, pickle slices, small cheese cubes, etc might satisfy you.

STDWYNWEN SparkPoints: (11,748)
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1/27/13 7:03 A


Since this is all psychological try the following.

Wrap a rubberband around your wrist and snap it when you feel the urge.
Write down in advance why you don't want to indulged. Pull the list out when you need it.
Make a mental deal you'll reward yourself if you go a week without indulging. Buy yourself something non food. Steal away a dollar every time you resist temptation to go toward your reward.
Once you prove to yourself you won't perish by not indulging you'll find it easier to make better choices.

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1/27/13 6:46 A

If you have self control 9 times out of 10 working in a bakery, that is about 8 times more than I would have. Every idea or suggestion I can think of doesn't pass the "but would it REALLY work if this was me?" test, when I'm dead honest with myself.

The only thing I can offer is my sympathy for a tough situation.

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1/27/13 5:26 A

I work in a bakery and I am constantly surrounded by all sorts of delicious snacks. Croissants, bagels, cookies, donuts etc. While I am pretty good at avoiding most of it, walking by a rack of cookies, or seeing someone else eat a cookie or a croissant makes it really difficult to stop myself.

I think about it eating a cookie and say no to myself dozens of times a day, but Ill find myself having "just one," and then its two or three or four cookies. My self control is a finite thing, and I need some advice on how to make it last longer. When I'm not around snack foods, I don't snack, its the visibility and availability that is the problem.

I'm not snacking out of hunger, because I eat a good breakfast. I've tried brushing my teeth during my breaks and it will work for a little while, but I need a better solution. I can have all of my meals planned out perfectly and the snacks at work just blow it all.

Just telling myself to have more control isn't effective. I do have control 9 times out of 10, its that last time that is the issue.

There has to be something that would help other than just getting a new job.

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