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Say No thank you and mean it. Many times people mean well but don't realize how hard it can be to resist temptation. I avoid the kitchen where snacks are left in my office and bring my own snacks and drink tons of water throughout the day.

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I have been trying that if I see 10 different people take candy out of the department candy jar each day, then I can have one piece. I get so busy with my work that I don't get to 10 people and then it's time to go home.

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I like some of the advice that I am hearing from here, especially the Just Say No method!




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I work at a law firm that not only has a lot of candy on various office staff's desks, but baked goods in the kitchens, and meeting leftovers (catered cookies, snacks, sandwiches, etc) in the café, and regular "goodies" offered as a "perk" by the office like ice cream socials, holiday parties, happy hours with hors oeuvres, etc. It is really a dieter's nightmare!

At least for me, I had to go "cold turkey" on the office snacks while I was dieting -- in other words, I decided everything on offer at the office was a "no." This had the advantage of me never having to make a decision about it each time - the answer was always NO, so I didn't need to think or worry about whether I could or should have a bite. After a while this became very easy for me to do, though it was very hard at first!

Eventually, after I'd been at "goal" for a while, I started to have some office goodies now and then -- but by that time, I felt I was much more in control of when and how much I ate, and I only rarely feel like I actually want some of what is offered, and don't overdo it when I decide to indulge. I don't need to eat anything just because it is THERE! :)

Note that I was drinking a lot of coffee and tea (as well as water) in my "just say no" days -- it really helped me to keep sipping on something for some reason. Diet Cokes were another crutch, and still are -- I know a lot of people on here frown on them, but as long as you're not drinking diet soda by the gallon (and they don't lead you to make worse choices in other ways), my feeling is that if a no-calorie soda fills your "treat" urge and saves you from something much worse, that's a "win"! It's worked for me, at least. :)

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Bring something low-cal to eat.



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Bring your own low-cal snacks



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For me it is :

Take a walk and look outside, reminding myself that walking gets easier and I get stronger as I lose weight.

Keep nuts, and dried fruit in my drawer at the office. To eat instead of the treats brought in.

Also try giving up sugar for a while. I tried this, then I bit into a fork full of cake frosting, and spit it back out! All I could taste was lard and sugar. UGH!
Not as tasty as I thought it would be.

Our bodies are use to sugar, it is in every processed food we buy.
Once your body is off most sugar for a while, it tastes very different when you put some in your mouth.

Also, do not beat yourself up for losing control and eating something.
We can all start over, any time we chose. Be kind to yourself.


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Keep something on hand that you can eat, and stay away from the table with the bad stuff. Remember, "no thank you" is the first thing out of your mouth if any one asks!

10 minute rule wouldn't work for me. If I think about it, 10 minutes isn't going to stop me, if I let myself, I can obsess about a certain food all day long, for a week even. I remember how every good thing I've ever had tastes, and not in the past tense. Moderation is not an option for me, and I know that. I'm good with that.

I eat keto now and compliance is mandatory. I don't want a sugary something knocking me out of ketosis for 4 or 5 days, which could easily turn into a week or a month. It isn't worth it. My health isn't worth it. I don't need to eat poison.

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I try to keep a variety of snacks and treats at work so I don't feel deprived. I can feel good about staying on my eating regiment without feeling left out.



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Apples. Tea. Water. Gum. Take a brief walk/stairs...



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Bring your own healthy snacks of course.

One thing that helped me tremendously (especially at buffet style meals that are ordered for multiple people) is this: I would tell myself that Bob in Accounting (who picks his nose) has already touched the food before me (or even just thinking about some of the women I've seen use the bathroom, flush the toilet, exit the stall and then leave without washing their hands emoticon )

Either one of those scenarios would be enough to deter me from mindlessly eating food just because it's there!

Also, as a vegetarian (sometimes vegan) (sometimes also gluten free), it was easier for me to resist all of the temptations when there was an ingredient in the food that I wasn't eating at the time (so even if it was something that I could eat, but didn't really want it, then I would just tell myself that there was an ingredient that I didn't eat anyway).

If it was something that I wanted of course, then I would have a piece, or small portion of it. Sometimes I would also get up and walk laps around the office and/or avoid the area where the food is located.


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First of all you have to make sure you eat a good breakfast! Then bring your own snacks...healthy ones of course.

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One of the best ways I found to turn down someone bringing treats to the office, "I have a weigh-in on Monday."

Knowing that I'm going to have to step on a scale every week, then 'fess up to a room full of folks if my weight's up for the week helps. It also got the security guy thinking I'm going for MMA or something.



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I like to be sure I eat a good breakfast high in protein and healthy fats. Fat and protein keep you feeling full. Make sure you're eating enough. I often wonder how many people properly calculate their RMR (not BMR) and adjust for their energy expenditure. It's normal to feel hungry sometimes but if your finding yourself always hungry you may not be eating enough

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Here's what has helped me: bringing my own healthy snacks (raw fruits and veggies maybe a small serving of nuts), drinking LOTS of water (every time I want a bite o something, take a drink), gum. Those are my top tips, also avoid the area where the food is.


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" ten seconds on the lips, FOREVER on the Hips!"

"Don't need to, don't want to"

As others have said it IS a way to socalize and when we work in such a stressful area (I did in social services working with those coming in for general assistance. MANY are alcoholics, mental health clients who can't work or want to etc, single Moms and the worse for me personally were those trying to escape a domestic violence situation) and it's VALUABLE to get together to feel "normal" in such. If I were still there, I'd EASILY bring my own snack and eat, chat with others.

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I demonize anything I don't want :-) Make it a troll with a funny/horrible name and picture the green skin, snot-running nose, etc. Otherwise I guess I'd look at whatever it is, at its ingredients and pick one I didn't want or that had a long or obnoxious or useless name and decide I didn't want that snack because it had X ingredient in it.

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Staying away. I know it's a little anti-social but I found that every time I walked thru the teacher's room, I grap a small piece of whatever there was. So, I stopped going in when I can.

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8/26/17 11:52 A

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I couldn't keep myself away from the snacks so I paid a co-worker 20 bucks every time I cheated. If a bite of cookie costs 20 bucks you will not eat it. I ended up paying 180 bucks out over 6 months but it worked! Cheaper than diet plans too. I am down 32 pounds.

Just do the right thing, even when the scale doesn't move, and life throws roadblocks in your way. The right thing ALWAYS feels good.


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Best to bring your own snacks with you

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I always have my stand-bys - gum and water

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Keep some treat options in a drawer. My go-to is a piece of dark chocolate.

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I would bring my own treat that was planned.



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Mint gum sometimes helps me....
And a trick another Sparker gave me about night-time snacking: close your eyes and visualize yourself turning away from those snacks. You're strong and confident and you smile radiantly as you say "No, I don't need those" and turn definitively away. It might just do the trick! Repeat as necessary. Good luck!

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Imagine the mangie office cat has sat beside them. Remember it's a mangie mouser you've no idea where it's been.


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Just don't bring any in.



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As an admin, I actually think a sign like that is a bit degrading. And if you put it there yourself, then self deprecating. Build yourself up, don't belittle yourself.


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I think the "Don't feed the Admin" sign is great too! emoticon

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I love the "Don't feed the Admin" sign!
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Well I work within feet of a culinary department with 3 food labs, a candy lab and full bakery. Students and chefs are constantly bringing in trials or triumphs to show off and share. As a result I've put on 40 pounds in 3 years! So, now I call all the other areas and invite student workers to come over and partake and I put the food back in the break room, out of sight. I recently found out we have a fairly high degree of food insecurity (students who have to choose to either pay for books or food) so I'm happy to send it along. I also put a sign on my desk "Don't feed the Admin" *lol* Now if I could just figure out a way to make the smell of fresh baked goods stop wafting in the door every time someone comes in! emoticon

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Think of all your office mates. Who visit the restroom and don't wash their hands. Then picture their grubby little paws digging through the office snacks.



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Altoid mints. They are so strong that most things taste bad or off after you suck on one. Same concept as brushing your teeth so you won't want to snack, 1 mint is about 5 cals.

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Pack healthy snacks to bring to work.
Every time you are tempted, go take a walk either around the halls or to the rest room.
When tempted pop a sugar-free mint/mint gum.
When tempted go drink a glass of water.
Schedule in/plan the treats so they fit into your calorie count for the day.
Before indulging in a snack enter it into your tracker.

If you bring snacks to share from time to time you can bring something healthy and maybe that will influence others to bring healthy stuff instead.

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This is definitely a tough one! I try not to go into the kitchen (where the 'bad' snacks are). Or walk really fast by them. But, still, it's tough!! emoticon



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I used to try to resist, and walk around other ways, etc. so I wouldn't be tempted by what is close... None of it worked for me. I simply had to get my co-workers on board with trying to help, or kindly refuse if it doesn't completely sound worth the calories (i.e. thank you but no thanks, or maybe next time) when asked. Also, if someone leaves something on my desk, I'll politely say thank you; however, when they're away from their desk or on lunch, ask if any other coworkers want whatever they left that I don't want.

If someone doesn't want to help, or wants to be a pest or stand in my way, etc. it just fuels my fire more to beat my demons while they still may have theirs. When others know your goals, they're more likely to help though. Rather than bringing a tray of cookies, maybe they'll bring a veggie or fruit tray, etc.



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I am an RN in a doctors practice and there is ALWAYS some sort of temptation in the breakroom. Most of the staff is much younger than me and they are either naturally thin and eat what they want or they are overweight and munch all day, every day and then complain they can't lose weight. They are forever trying fad diets, liquid diets, phentermine, etc. So, I watch and learn.
Sometimes I give in to some snacking but more importantly, track it and make adjustments to the day to allow for it.



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BEVIEG41--I didn't ask for help. I replied to the OP who asked for tips to avoid office snacks. I'm actually doing really well with my program and am super satisfied with my progress, but thanks so much for your concern.

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I started shooting hoops:-)

Our kitchen has a full arcade-sized basketball game. Playing it is free, so about 2 months ago, when I started making a point of getting up from my desk more often, I started to play.

Now, any time I go to the cafeteria, before I go near the snacks (and we have LOADS of them - all free to employees), I go to the basketball game, and play at least one game. Then, if I'm still hungry, I go and get food.

When I started, I was lucky if I got 40 points. Now I'm up to between 190-225:-)

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Lauren - How unusual for your co-workers to be so supportive, so then the problem must be you. But you said you have everything under control, so why the help?


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Wow, we have very different work environments. My coworkers are never anything bu supportive and encouraging. That's too bad you don't have the same experience.

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If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out. ~~Jean Kerr

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Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks. ~~Marilyn Wann


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way to go WOUBBIE, people an co-workers love to tempt you into eating something you normally wouldn't eat.

If you have everything under control, why are you asking for HELP?


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Oh, I would TOTALLY make up stories if it got people off my back. I've told strangers that I'm diabetic or allergic to make them shut up and to stop trying to pressure me into eating things that are not on my plan.

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"Just because it is a birthday cake, you can decline and leave before they cut the cake. You need to have willpower. As for buying from the canteen, also decline and say you don't have any cash. "

Or, you know, I could do what I am doing, which works well for me. I get canteen food once a week and account for it in my tracking. I HAVE willpower.

And if I didn't want to get food from the canteen, I certainly wouldn't make up stories about not having money, I just wouldn't get anything, the way I do most days. No need for made up excuses.

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> May sound ascetic, but I found eating sweets between meals just makes me want more.

A little OT, but this has actually been shown to be true! Do a search on "carbohydrates hunger hormones" for more information. Keep up the suggestions!

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Just because it is a birthday cake, you can decline and leave before they cut the cake. You need to have willpower. As for buying from the canteen, also decline and say you don't have any cash.

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We seem to have a birthday cake at least twice a week. And the school canteen makes fresh, yummy, generally not-healthy food and sells it every break, right in the staff room. Ugh.

My general policy is to avoid the cakes and to only eat the canteen treats on Friday. I track my snack ahead of time and make sure that it fits into the rest of my day.

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When I worked the way I stopped eating snacks brought in by others was to not bring any, so I didn't feel obligated to eat theirs. We would have a pot luck in my dept and in order not to eat anything. I bought my own lunch and went to the cafeteria to eat it and I didn't ever get tempted to eat whatever they brought because I didn't contribute. It worked for me.


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My strategy is eating 3 meals a day, nothing in between, and I choose my meals from a self-made menu of healthy foods.
Office treats are not part of that menu, so I don't eat them.
The good thing is, my colleagues got used to the fact I never have any, so they stopped asking me about it.

May sound ascetic, but I found eating sweets between meals just makes me want more. They never make me feel satisfied.
I can easily resist the first bite... and increasing difficulty to stop eating.

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Bringing your own snacks to work is important. Things high in protein help keep you full and keeps you away from temptation.



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"In a large group, at first say you want the line to die down. Later one, claim you already had some."

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I have a few strategies depending on what the office snack is.

First of all, free/cheap food is not free or cheap. Its a lot of hard work to burn it off. So don't think about the fact that its free, think about how much work it is.

If you are being offered cheap mass market food. Cheap pizza, average store doughnuts, someone's left over snack food they don't want to eat. None of these are great, do you really want to spend your calories on not great? If you really, really want a doughnut, make a deal with yourself. If you don't eat the cheap one, you can have a gourmet one. Most of the time, you realize you don't want one, you just feel like eating it because its there.

Home made treats. I take one for later, then I give it to someone else that seemed to really, really like it. After all, i have a kitchen at home and am a decent cook. I choose not to make lots of calorie heavy foods because I am trying to be healthy. They choose to make the food and give it away to be healthy. Its nice, but why derail your efforts?

For birthday cake. In a small group, I just say I'm not hungry, but there is always so much left that I'll snack on a piece or two later. In a large group, at first say you want the line to die down. Later one, claim you already had some. Again, if you really, really want a piece of cake, buy a nice piece from a bakery.

This way if I do cheat, I at least make the cheat worth it. I won't regret the best cake in town, I will the local supermarkets sitting out all week cupcakes.

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I haven't been into the staff room at work for years, except to dump off junk food that I don't want in my house. I just drop it on the table and leave.

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One of the best options to resist the cravings for office snacks would be - PROTEIN BARS.

Keep protein bars handy. Make protein your best friend.

One of the best things about protein is that they take longer to digest than carbs. And because of that, they will help you feel fuller for a longer duration.

It is a very simple solution.

If for some reason, keeping protein bars handy every day is not feasible, I would suggest that you prepare a protein rich snack at your home.

Pack of roasted chickpeas or dry roasted peanuts (about 100g) can keep you full for hours. I personally have dry roasted peanuts because of the good fats and high protein content.

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Good work, FRUITSANDVEG! I'm glad to see one can make a difference!

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I agree with WOUBBIE. I also remind myself how sugar and processed starches are being connected to many of the chronic illnesses our society faces today including cancer. I call the Friday donuts "cancer in a box" and it helps me put it in perspective. I sometimes smell them....and also know they smell better than they taste!



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I had a while a go a office job where they brought in donuts every Friday, I always had one and everyday brought my own food for lunch and coffee breaks, some people liked my lunches more then there's and started bringing the same type of foods to eat. It took a long walk to go to the eating area where I worked then and the 1 donut per. week was a reasonable treat without overdoing it. It is O.K. if you do not do it everyday, I also bake my own foods and you can buy a baking pan to make healthy homemade donuts in the oven, if you make it healthy at home it could be less of a problem and the treats could be frozen to have on occasion. I am also on a gluten free diet so that is another problem with foods. I made a sugar free, gluten free apple pie for father's day that my Dad enjoyed, no one could tell the difference.

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Lots of interesting tips and tricks here, but the most important one seems to be missing: don't be hungry!

Eat a high protein breakfast and stay hydrated. Get protein at every meal, and eat the protein first. On average, adult women with moderate activity levels need around 75g of protein every day. Divvy it up and shoot for 25g at each meal.

If you're not hungry or craving foods it only takes a smidgen of willpower or a reminder to not eat the garbage carbage. But if your blood sugar is crashing every 2 hours, you're going to be grazing all day long.

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At work our lockers are in the Boardroom/community room/kitchen so we all have to pass by food the entire day. Usually there's a box of donuts, candy etc 24x 7 in the middle of a giant boardroom table for the volunteers and meetings. I started bringing foods I could eat and leaving them next to all that "junk" basket of fresh fruits, bottled waters, hard boiled eggs, home cooked chili and crock pot foods etc... I took a LOT of teasing for months. But gradually as new volunteers came on board staff started to notice the fresh fruits were going faster than the donuts and by the end of the year even my boss was bringing bananas, calling ahead to see if anyone wanted healthy stuff from the store for lunch, and keeping frozen snacks in fridge for all etc.

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Reading through this had me rushing into the kitchen, preparing tomorrow's snacks.

I always take fruit, plain or greek yoghurt and a package of nuts (usually almonds) and have lots and lots to drink at my desk so I just have to grab it. For tomorrow I added carrots with a little extra cream cheese for the fat part. For afternoon protein I chose curd made creamy with plain old water and added stevia for the sweet taste without pushing blood sugars up.

Having my own snacks makes it a lot easier for me to withstand the unhealthy and cheap stuff brought into the office. We had a campaign a couple of years ago to bring healthy snacks but once people realised that this actually costs money the idea went out of the window.

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Hi...I didn't read all the other replies yet so this may be a duplicate...but

I found once I started getting serious about tracking my proteins, carbs and fats, temptations got a much easier to manage. Instead of ranges, I set myself specific goals for each category and if the treat does not fit in, I'm doing surprisingly well at resisting!

It does take a bit of planning though. Generally I see what I have in the house to work with the night before, then pack/plan my meals all out for the next day.

I also give myself a higher carb day every 4th day. This helps because if I want something specific, I resist and tell myself that I can always have it on my high carb day. Most of the time the craving is gone by then, but if not then I have it!

I realize this style of eating is meticulous and not for everyone, but works for me for now! I definitely don't plan on doing it forever.

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I too deal with the same issue in my office. Thankfully, it's not everyday, but, it's often enough, plus, I am a fan of many desserts. Typically, I do all or some of the following (whatever it takes):

1) when it really gets hard to fight the temptation, I pick up the food holder and walk around the office asking "everyone" if they'd like another piece (I even ask the person that brought it in),
2) take one bite and throw the rest away
3) words are powerful, I tell my body and mind - "enough, it's not worth it, stay in control".


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This is big at my office, too. One thing I always do is bring plenty of extra snack foods. It may not be perfect, but better than caving to the calorie overload donuts.

Also, the Body For Life plan genuinely helped me with this. At my office we'd go out for Chinese food, they'd bring in the best donuts ever and just a lot of cookies and cakes.

On the Body for Life plan you have to diet/exercise for 6 days and on the 7th you get a free day. What that taught me is what I really really love and what I can pass up. For instance, when they'd go out for Chinese food I'd tell myself if I still want it on Saturday I'll get it. The same with cookies, donuts, cake, etc.

In practice what happened was I wouldn't go and get the best donuts or General Tso, I preferred to spend that day with ice cream and pizza. So what I learned was donuts were just a yummy convenience while ice cream and pizza are what I truly prefer.

I lost and kept off 40 pounds with Body for Life. I did Body for Life many years ago, but the foods that I learned I could truly pass stayed with me. Even today I can pass up donuts offered at work. It's my super hero power. emoticon



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mentally think of the food like you did a hated food as a kid. "Ugh" no way.

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It's difficult. I have the same issue. I do a few things. When I know the treats are in the kitchen, I stay out of there. I also do what others have mentioned...I keep snacks at my desk that I can take out...nuts, protein bar...I also keep a few low fat cheese snacks in the fridge so I can grab that. Although bringing a healthy snack for everyone (like a veggie tray) may be nice...it can get very expensive, especially if it's an on-going issue. Also, see if there are others trying to stay away from the "bad" food... you can encourage each other.
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I have a huge sweet tooth and love baking. I struggle with this. I have however gotten better. I've made a list that I keep at work that has the nutrition information for the most common stuff people bring in. When I get tempted, I look at the list and see if that is what I want to spend my calories on for the day. When I can see the numbers right away it really helps.

I also often bring in things now that I've tweaked and made healthier, or just plain ol' healthier options like some other people have previously mentioned.

Some other things that help is if I have logged all of my meals ahead of time, so i know exactly where I'm at when each day starts. I find awareness makes a big difference for me.



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What we do @ my work, is we bring healthy snacks. We started this and everyone takes turns. We still have a fat Friday, where the food can be less than healthy but the rest of the week now is healthier. It has also turned into a bit of competition to see who can bring in the best tasting and healthiest snacks.



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I think every office/building has an element of people who share the unhealthies.

The law firm I worked for required all treats to be in the kitchen on the 10th floor or the larger staff lounge/kitchen on the 9th floor. I very rarely frequented the 9th floor and on the 10th I was lucky enough to be able to get from A to B without passing the kitchen.

Where I work now, while I'm back in school to upgrade my law licence, same rule applies - all treats in the staff room. I just make it a point to not go in there.

I also started looking at all the unhealthies and saying "that is poison for my body"

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Oh, my! No way I could partake of those snacks and maintain my weight loss goal.

What works for me is my mantra: "No, not one."

I have come to realize that I am way better at "abstaining" than I am at eating in "moderation."

If I have a half of a bagel, I'd go back to my desk and constantly think about going back for more, or something else. I eat Whole 30 compliant foods 90% of the time--no sugar (this means very little fruit), grains, dairy or alcohol. It's so worth it to feel so much better!!

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It's hard, especially when it's a social thing. I try to take more snack than I think I'll eat each day.



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I just look at someone thin and think how good it must feel not to be carrying extra weight around. There are times when it's rude not to take a piece of birthday cake or something, so then I just ask someone if they'd like to split a piece.



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Go walk to the bathroom/water fountain. When you walk back, if you still are hungry grab a pre-packed snack of veggies or nuts or whatever you like to fill you up. Then, after all that, have a small piece if you really want it.



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Bring pre-packaged nuts. 100 calories each pack



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I like your 10 minute rule JF4009.

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I like many of the suggestions made here. However, if I have healthy snack at my desk, I will eat them all! If it's at work, I will eat it. I can't just have a small portion of nuts from a container so I can only package a handful of nuts. Here's my newest method - I am going to give myself 10 minutes to decide if I really want to eat the latest treat brought by somebody. I tried it last night at home as my daughter had baked some delicious bars the other night. I gave myself 10 minutes and then decided I really didn't need one.

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One of my goals at Spark People was to discover what meals and snacks were my absolute favorites. I felt I didn't need a hundred go-to foods. I only needed a few I really loved. When the junk food came out, I would pull out a snack that was much more appealing to me, and more delicious tasting. This made it easier to say no. Birthdays and snack time are as much about social gathering and chat as eating, so I did want to show up and see co-workers. However, I refused to eat mindlessly like I used to.

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I'm right there with VERONICA678 and TANNERZ ... I imagine the germs crawling all over the items offered to make them less appealing ... politely say, "no thank you!" and make sure I have plenty of my own special treats on hand (Greek yogurt, raisins, plain almonds) to enjoy if I feel really tempted to snack, due to the offer. If the items are set out in the main copy room - I will walk around, and only visit that room as needed. GOOD LUCK!

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I hear you and want you to know I know it is difficult! When I worked in a school it was someone's birthday everyday! All the food was astounding and then people try to get you to take it home! Ugh! My best tip for me is take it, then throw it away.
People won't let up till you take it, so take it (maybe it's different where you are) also people of different cultures can get offended if you refuse. Are you WASTING food? Really? It's not food. I would not give it to a homeless person. If your able to politely refuse then good on you. Just do that, have your lunch already packed and be superproud of yourself. Really, I know what it is to have that stuff around you all the time. One thing I've done too, is just take one bite then get rid of it.
What would happen if you brought in a beautiful fruit tray? I've done that and people have really enjoyed that. Good luck to you, I'm wishing you the best and sending you a goodie! You got this work week!

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Hi Jen! Office snacks are actually the best especially if you are eating it with your colleagues. I also got a hard time resisting the cravings for these snacks before. The aroma of pizza and burger are so inviting that I couldn't resist. I am weak haha. I actually started to say no. Then jokingly telling them that I am on a diet so I won't take a piece. My way is to keep my self busy so that break time will pass immediately and clock will strike at closing. Drinking water can also increase improve the tricking of the mind to say no. Probably also, taking supplements like gottru.com which helps in eliminating unnecessary cravings can really help.

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Honestly I just remind myself of whos hands have touched the food and it's enough to make me not want any LOL!

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I stopped eating the food put out at work years ago. Everyone respects that I just don't partake. I think of food left out at work as a filthy buffet line, which it basically is. No thank you. I bring my food for the day and just bring some to social events that may happen during the work day.

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Forget the kindergarten tactics of "it's a monster". Forget trying to talk one of the monsters from jumping on your face. MichelleXXX said it, that shouldn't be considered food.

Pack your day. And, have a cotengiousy stashed for a day or two.

My last episode was Friday for a very good employee leaving for a different position. There was a small social in their honor. "Home made" was the theme:

Crepe pastry baked, and confections sugar as a garnish. HFCS as another topping.

Frozen sausage and bacon warmed over.

Blueberries and strawberries for toppings.


I set at the social and partook of my own bucket.


The same day, much to your delemna, a local church sold hot dogs two days before for Friday delivery. They do it yearly, so I struggle through that one. I bought two, one for me and the better half.

There's going to be weddings, funerals, graduations, back yard barbecues, and the occasional fast food foray that you must deal with also.

Plan ahead.

I'm really disappointed if I miss the bi-annual fish fry.

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I always respond as "not right now". If I really want it, I put the food into my spark tracker and then I don't want it any more. It is a lot easier to erase the entry from spark people then erase it from your body. Mind trick that works for me.



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I always kept a stash of healthy snacks in my office like fruit, 100 calorie snack packs, nuts, crackers and cheese, veggies, in a drawer,file cabinet or if needed a fridge. When the other treats come out then I could have a treat that I could enjoy guilt free (of course it has to be counted into your tracker).


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I have an issue too with work snacks. I've decided the past couple of days that starting next week I am going to find a project that I can do when these snacks are out and keep my mind busy.

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See if you can work it in to your overall day? Recognize and "allow" it, go with the flow instead of trying to stand in the middle of the stream and resist only.

I take gummy vitamins at night before bed as a "reward" or as my "candy"/dessert at the end of the day. I've worked them into my lifestyle and they are helping me feel better!

Can you think of all the snacks that come in and decide on one that you like the most/least, etc.? Be discriminating? Decide you will only ever eat cupcakes and don't eat anything that is not a cupcake emoticon

Or, decide you only like chocolate covered donuts, not glazed or filled or any other kind and you only like bagels if they're halved, toasted, and buttered (not cream cheese :-) and that's too much work.

I named the snack machine at work, "Horrible Harold" and gave it a troll's demeanor with snot-dripping nose, overweight, greasy, etc. I actually got a little afraid to be in the kitchen alone with it, LOL. Maybe talk back to the snacks as you go by, tell them you're on to them and what they're trying to get you to do. It could be quite amusing if you do it out loud in the mental health field? :-)

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Well, I am currently a telecommuter, so that makes resisting those office treats a lot easier. But, I know most people don't have this luxury.

I agree that you can avoid the area where the treats or ask to have them displayed away from you. When I did work in the office, the break room was down the hall and I could easily not walk by it or focus on a point further down the hall if I had to go see someone past the room.

Also, I love the idea of bringing in something healthier. Others in your office would appreciate it. It can be something like veggies as mentioned. I love to cut up a pineapple or cantaloupe and bring that in. Usually, those types of fruit aren't too expensive individually and have a lot of volume. Another co-worker hollowed of Granny Smith Apples to create a bowl and brought a variety of berries to put into the apple "bowl". It was super pretty!

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I found that it's easier to resist a snack once I made a commitment to myself to eat sensibly, I heard that there is also an official spark pledge that one can commit to. Does anyone have a link to that pledge?

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Since I didn't dip into those treats because I was hungry, the easiest way for me to avoid them was to avoid them altogether. If you could, ask that the treats be displayed in a not so public area so you're all not tempted. Maybe you could bring in some healthy treats once in a while?

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Fill up on veggies and fruit, and drink lots of water. It doesn't mean you won't be tempted at all, but if you're satiated, you're less likely to be.



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I don't consider any of the items you listed to be foods so I'm not inclined to ingest them. I consider processed sugar to be a drug that also happens to contain calories; I don't consider it to be a food.

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I just say to myself:

"Those -insert snack name here- are not mine.
They belong to -insert coworker name here-, not me.
They are not mine to eat."

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This may sound (slightly) crazy...but as you approach them consciously say: "Oh My-- what good looking PLASTIC Decorations they brought in." and then keep right on walking by....You already know what a powerful thing the mind is...and if you can do this two or three times, the treats become less appealing.

It also helps to bring in a favorite healthy snack now and again to share---perhaps a veggie tray with new dips; or cheese and triscuits; fruit salad--as well as your own personal stash of healthy nuts, Zone Bars, etc in your lunch. Plan a snack you are looking forward to! You've Got This!!
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PS I worked in a hospital laboratory---we also had the "share the treats mentality"! It is also very much a social path of interaction/Team building. Wonder what it is about stressful work environments that brings out the Munchie Monsters in all of us though?! emoticon

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I need some ideas, tricks, tips, mantras, behaviors, anything to help me resist the office snacks!
I work in a the mental health field and we love to eat around here! I am so used to just picking up the candies or donuts or cupcakes, or bagels, or chocolates, or ices creams and eating without thinking. It is a daily thing. Someone brings something everyday without fail. I know that this would be a valuable area for me to avoid in terms of my overall goals, but I'm newly returning and I feel stuck in a cycle!

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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