I know how you feel I work at 711 and am tempted with all the foods we sell, donuts are my devil. I agree with the posters on here take food you have planned out to eat and munch on that when a crave hits. I used to love Mcdonalds and fast foods but once you wean yourself off it actually does start to smell horrible and for me if I do decide to do it one day it upsets my stomach. Good luck to you it take will power and determination.
1. Planning is key. I don't let myself be in a position where I have to make a choice when I am hungry, because chances are -- any decision I make while hungry is not going to truly be the best one for me. It is a lot easier to choose a lunch consisting of veggies & dip, yogurt, and a granola bar at 7:00am in the morning when I have just had my breakfast than at 11:30am when I am hungry for lunch.
2. Force yourself to avoid temptation. I don't work in food service, but I do work in a place where unhealthy food is readily available. When I go through periods where it is hard to avoid temptation, I start leaving my wallet in the trunk of my car. If I don't have money with me, I can't buy any junk food.
3. Water, water, water. I used to work in a restaurant, and the free soda thing was a KILLER. By the end of the night, I could have easily drank 1,000 calories of soda without even blinking an eye. I went cold turkey on soda, and I told everyone I worked with that I wasn't drinking soda anymore. That helped keep me honest. Plus, water helps keep you full.
I also agree with VelvetMerlin about thinking more in depth about the food that you are getting to free and if it is truly worth it. I worked in a really nice restaurant with high quality food. We didn't get meals for free, but we did get a discount. It was difficult to say no to the food. What I was able to easily say no to was the 1,500 calories worth of pasta, sauce, cheese, and protein. When I thought about how one meal from that restaurant was more calories than I was allowing myself to eat in a day, it was no longer worth it.
I was able to make healthy choices. Instead of spending 1,500 calories on a steak, risotto, and sauce, I would spend 300 calories on a gorgeous grilled chicken breast with steamed veggies.
You are in a tough position, but once you get into a good rhythm, you'll want to keep up the positive strides you're making. Starting is hard for everyone. Best of luck!
Think of it this way-their burgers are 15% meat and 85% filler; the chicken nuggets are the whole chicken just ground up and colored (and additives). Fries are just that-fried. The fountain drinks generally have some mold in the containers, no matter how well they are cleaned out.
Now that I have that image in your head...that's the only thing I can suggest. I know it is harder than it sounds to quit their food-if I were in your situation, I would be SOOOO tempted all the time! The only other thing I can suggest is to slowly weed it out-eat healthy at home and when you are there, have something small-hamburger and small fries (I know it goes against what I wrote in the top), and pretty soon you won't even want it. When I was eating healthy for a month, I lost interest in even going to a fast-food joint. I know it is different and more difficult since you work there, but that's the only I thing I can suggest, at least with their food. Obviously the other solution is to bring your own lunch. You can also picture biting into a burger and biting into a worm (not that it would happen-just something to deter you).
Jenstress is right. I imagine the salary is the best and a free meal goes a long way in meeting budget so try to choose from the healthier versions of what's available then be more stringent with what you eat outside of work
Edited by: SIMONEKP at: 5/13/2013 (13:13)
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3 5/13/13 12:51 P
I came across this message board. I know it's challenging to be on a diet and it takes a lot of will and determination. For me I used to be a nervous eater and would always come home downing every food in the dish. I recently tried out this protein shake and it helped me with my hunger. Just started using it and now I can eat in moderately and get back into excercising. I lost about 2-5lbs doing nothing with this protein shake. If anyone is interested please pm me. I will be glad to help.
I would suggest taking your breaks outside. Get away from the food and take a walk. You'll avoid the temptation to eat junk and will burn some calories while doing so. You're probably entitled to at the very least a half hour lunch and a 15 minute break. Get away from the environment that's not healthy for you.
You could also choose the healthier options on your menu, since you do get a free meal. Salads (skip dressing - or very little) or the grilled chicken. Skip the fries. It won't be easy, but you can make healthy choices there if you have to.
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It may help to go cold-turkey on the fast food/junk food. Stop thinking of it as an option. Eat what you have brought with you to work, the food you've planned for. Consider the fast food/junk food to be "not food." I say this as someone who ate McDonald's for lunch every single weekday for over a year. Now, I drove right by, smelling that french fry smell, and don't even think of it as an option. Heather's suggestion, to pack your food, including quick and easy high-protein snacks that you can grab on your breaks when you're hungry, is the best strategy. Here are some things I eat as snacks:
3 oz. plain non-fat greek yogurt (mixed with a little Splenda or Nectresse, a dash of cinnamon, a few drops of vanilla extract, and 1/2 c. fresh or frozen unsweetened berries).
1/8 c. (measure!) cashews or almonds.
2 mini light baby-bel cheese wheels (50 calories each).
1 stick of light string cheese or light cheddar cheese (about 0.8 oz)
carrot sticks with two wedges of light laughing cow cheese (each wedge is 35 calories) -- use the cheese as a dip for the carrots.
1 tablespoon peanut butter (about 95 calories) with celery sticks.
carrot sticks with hummus dip.
The trick is to measure and portion your snacks so that you have control.
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Plan, plan, plan. You need to know what your triggers are, and be prepared to deal with them. The biggest problem you face is being surrounded by things that aren't healthy for you, and being hungry when they're presented. So, you need to avoid that hunger, and if you can't, prepare with things that ARE healthy for you. Pack a lunch of high-protein,easy-to-prepare snacks that you can nom when the craving are their worst.
Exercise is great, and is going to make your journey much easier, but the real magic happens with your food, not your exercise routine. Track what you're eating, and you'll start to see pattern that you can make small changes to correct.
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2 5/12/13 4:32 P
1st of all I work at mcdonalds and its really hard to stick any diet. I tend be at work and get hungry and almost compelled to eat junk.. ugh. now working out is the same. I work late hours and sometimes its hard to get up in the morning. I tried fast dancing to hip hop music for about a hlf hr to an hr.. what do I do to lose this weight without making excuses? how do I stay motivated and focused? any suggestions for a single mom fed up with her appearance?
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