I understand what you mean about the snacking. I work in an office on the executive floor, so we have tons of food available around here -- chips, candy, pretzels, mini bags of nuts, fruit, soft drinks, cheese -- you name it! And I had a sugar addiction like you would not believe. But about two months ago, I totally cut sugar, white flour, processed foods, and sodas (even diet) out of my diet. It was tough at first, because I really wanted to eat things like candy and potato chips, and they are just sitting there in the cabinets, waiting to be eaten!
But now that I don't each the processed foods and sugar, etc., my cravings have gone away pretty much.
Another thing I noticed before getting that stuff out of my eating habits, though, is that if I eat breakfast every day, I was much less tempted and much less likely to snack. By breakfast, though, I mean a real breakfast, not doughnuts or pastries or sugar-coated cereal. All those are more likely to inspire cravings. I mean protein with some fat. One of my favorites is a breakfast taco with a whole-wheat tortilla, eggs, a little cheese, and a little sausage. You can also add veggies like tomatoes and onions. Or an omelet or something. If I eat a breakfast like this, I am definitely good until lunch and usually don't want a very big lunch when I eat. Also, the fullness of the protein and fat tends to last long into the day and I don't get the afternoon drop in energy.
These are just some things that work for me.
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I know what you mean! I actually do small workouts in my office so I don't snack. I also have a jar of raw almonds on my desk and I disperse out a serving throughout the day rather than eating an ounce all at one time.
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I totally get what you are talking about. I sit at my desk 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. The only solution I've come up with is having a glass of ice water on my desk and drinking constantly. As soon as my cup is empty I go fill it up again. I also try to chew gum. It seems to help having something in my mouth and within arms reach at all times.
Truly the hardest part of trying to lose weight for me right now, is the fact that I sit on my bottom for 40.5 hours, 4 days a week at a desk! It has been so hard not to pick up a snack and eat out of boredom! I am hoping you ladies can keep me well occupied to where I won't even think about snacking. Of course, my sister, she is 2 months pregnant, can't seem to stop texting me all the yummy foods she is eating......NOT HELPING SIS! :)
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