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8/15/13 7:07 P

What if you popped a peppermint in your mouth before going to someone's cubicle? 1 peppermint is about 20 calories.

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8/15/13 6:39 P

ELOQUENTZ - one of my posted goals is to learn to be you. ;-)

that is, learn to eat when I'm hungry, or getting hungry, and not when i'm bored, tired, and especially emotional.

ALL _ thanks for some great ideas.

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8/15/13 3:52 P

I have worked in offices were candy was always out or treats were brought in. Here are my tips:
1) Out of sight, out of mind. If you have a candy bowl on your desk place out of your line of sight. Behind you, off to the side, just not were you will constantly see it. Same with break rooms, don't run there as often.
2) Every time you get the urge to grab a snack take a drink of water. It will fill you up, plus it will help you get to the your 8 glasses of water per day.
3) Lastly, and only use this as a last resort.....get to work. I know it seems weird but just plow into your work, you will forget about everything and anything.

ELOQUENTZ SparkPoints: (6,824)
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8/15/13 1:42 P

I work at a food service company, so we have a test kitchen and there is often serious amounts of food given away if there are leftovers. Plus the candy jar on some people's desk.

Honestly? I'm the weirdo who 90% of the time will turn something down because I'm not hungry or don't need. I'm not saying I don't sometimes have a snack from the offerings, but most of the time I say no. Just because it's there isn't good enough reason for me. I'm not really big on candy (especially if just hard candies) and even when I did put a few in my jar on my desk, they went stale before I ate them.

BITTERQUILL Posts: 1,370
8/15/13 12:12 P

I'd probably just eat one or two per day. That's, what, 30, maybe 60 calories? Most people can make room for that in their diet without having to sacrifice nutritious foods, and still come in well within their range. If I couldn't make room for it, or if I knew there was something else I wanted to indulge in soon, I just wouldn't eat it. If you think of chocolate as "off-limits" it's bound to make you crave. If you think of it as "not today," it's a lot easier to turn it down.

That said, I'm surprised that so many people in your office put out food. When I worked in an office, there was maybe one in 50 people who regularly put out communal food. Special events and parties had food, but on a regular day a candy dish was an irregularity, not something that you saw at every desk. I think it must have to do with the community culture in that particular office, because not all offices toss food around every direction.

Edited by: BITTERQUILL at: 8/15/2013 (12:16)
SE2832 Posts: 31
8/15/13 10:46 A

I went to eating 6 small meals a day, four are eaten at work. I am full all day, and am not tempted at all.

I second the mint gum. If I'm going to a meeting that I know they catered in snacks, I eat my food before I go and chew gum during the meeting.

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8/15/13 8:44 A

Gum! Very minty gum. Or even better, listerine pock strips. Keep that in your desk, and pop a piece when you need to walk around. You won't be as inclined to snag a piece of chocolate because your mouth is already full of mint flavor. The listerine strips are REALLY powerful, and have the added benefit of cleaning your mouth a bit, and believe me... you don't want to eat anything after one of those!

DDBRENNE Posts: 915
8/15/13 6:57 A

I struggle with not eating all the displayed treats at work. I will try the sip some tea idea.

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (26,290)
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8/14/13 9:57 P

When I taught, I had candy in my desk for the kids. Mind you, it was life savers and dum dums, but still... those little life savers SEEMED like a life saver some days!!

I like Becky's suggestion of finding other ways to welcome people to your desk; what about replacing your bowl of candy with a mini-calendar that displays a different quote every day?

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,699
8/14/13 8:32 P

I discourage any type of food being displayed.
Do we really need to have candy at every corner.
Do we really need to have "healthy" snacks available at every turn---24/7??
Companies are trying to create a culture of wellness for all.
Keep a snack in your desk for those hungry times of the day.
And find other ways to welcome team-members and guests at your desk.

Becky
SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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8/14/13 7:40 P

We have lots of people that do this at my office (offer candy bowls for anyone who wants some). I find some days I really really crave that afternoon chocolate so I will allow myself one or two mini candy bars. Not every day, however. Only once or twice a week at most. I really listen to my body and ask myself if I am seriously craving it. I mean, the candy bowl is literally within my sight at all times at work, so I have to have a strategy to avoid it. So I ask myself, is this a true craving? Or would it just taste good? Usually I am not having an actual craving and I can block it out of my mind and go about my day.

Another thing I will do is go get a mug of hot green tea and sip on that, and since I have a different taste in my mouth, I am not imagining the taste of the chocolate that could trigger a craving.

The other thing I do is notice .... who are the people who frequent the candy bowl? More often than not, they are overweight or obese, people who don't take care of themselves. It is easy to avoid the candy bowl when you notice who goes and dips into it all the time.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,560
8/14/13 7:14 P

it took me a while but I just had to work on not dipping into the candy bowls

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8/14/13 6:56 P

Bunny, that's why i try to have TWO types of snacks on my desk. one candy (but something i don't like, heh) and the other fruit, or dried fruit, or sometimes veg and a yougurt dip. Everyone knows they are welcome to either or both.

but it's so hard, as you say, when you go into THEIR cubes. :-)

the office at large has so many of us tryign to eat more healthily that there is a small fund set aside for fresh fruit once a week, instead of the old bagles or donughts we used to eat!

but those cubes. with the silver kisses. my weakenss. "what do you mean I ate ten kisses while there!" hehe

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8/14/13 6:45 P

They keep a stash of Jolly Ranchers at my office, which is fine by me as I intensely dislike that sort of candy. It's when the occasional bit of dark chocolate arrives that I am in trouble, but it is occasional enough that one or two pieces in a week work fine. I have occasionally brought in some of those Trader Joes Expresso Pillows (coffee beans covered with dark chocolate), just to be social and to have something snackable that I'd actually have a few of without feeling I shouldn't.

I will be bringing in a chocolate fudge bar this next week, sort of a re-gifting thing. It contains pecans which I cannot eat to begin with. (Unfortunately Dad is at the stage where he forgets that I cannot eat most nuts...) The ingredient list is quality enough that it will at least trump those Jolly Ranchers.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
8/14/13 5:27 P

Our office is awash in snacks, though most people confine them to the lunch room. On occassion, a candy dish or plate of cookies or bag of chips appears in the work area, and there are a couple of people here who permanently keep a candy bowl on their desk.

But NOT ME. If there were candy on my desk, I would have a hard time not eating it. Every time i saw it, I'd have to do that internal-willpower thing ("ooo candy!" "NO!" "sigh :/")... I don't want to be doing that every time i glance up from the computer! More battles-of-will = more opportunity to lose a battle.

So - NO candy on MY desk.

I also do not eat my lunch in the lunch room if there are treats laying out.

And as for avoiding other people's candy, where possible i ensure it is not in my line of sight. If it's on an area of the counter that I can see, I covertly shift its location so that I can't.

So the only time I have an issue at all is when I have to enter the cubicle space of a candy-dish-person. The candy draws my eye EVERY time, and i have to say a mental "no" EVERY time (even when it's candy i don't much care for). I find it annoying but i suppress my feelings so as not to offend those that enjoy having office candy around.

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
8/14/13 3:43 P

I was also shocked by my "small bites" throughout the day when I started tracking - also a social office of foodies, that were always baking something or sampling a new product or whatever. Once I realized what I was eating, I started putting the treats out of arms reach and out of sight (in a drawer that I at least had to stand up to get to), so I had to actually think about wanting it instead of just seeing it and deciding "I should put that in my mouth".

If everyone else has treats at their desk, I don't see why you need treats at YOUR desk.

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8/14/13 3:28 P

That is tough. When I started tracking, I was surprised how all those little bites added up. Things like a handful of goldfish or a few cookies when getting the kids a snack, licking the peanut butter of the knife after making the kids a sandwich. Sometimes it was 500+ calories a day.

Could you have an alternative healthy snack in your desk drawers to help you resist the temptations?

Could you have one or two pieces occasionally, so you didn't feel like you were totally depriving yourself?

good luck! : )

Edited by: CLARK971 at: 8/14/2013 (15:38)
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8/14/13 3:08 P

I need some advice from people who work in offices where there are often goodies hanging out. My office is very social, and most of us have treats at our desk.

I started putting out candy i don't like (I don't like nuts in my chocolate, so there's still good stuff there), as wells as dried fruits so if people on diets walk by, there are some healthy things.

but I don't know how to not eat the 1 kiss here, and teh 1 mini choclate bar there.

what do you all do?

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