I'm really active in our church, and take part in several study groups and workteams. This requires 2-3 meetings each week, sometimes out of town. Sometimes these events mean that I can't have lunch or dinner at my regular time. So that I'm not tempted to stop for fast food, or to over-eat when I get home, I carry an energy bar in my purse at all times. The kind I like are L'A'RABAR, which I find in the health food section of our supermarket. Low sodium, no transfat, lots of fibre, & tasty.
Half a bar, or even a couple of bites is often enough to take the edge off my hunger. Also, on those days, I try to have my lunch or dinner planned before I leave home so that it's quick and easy to prepare and serve when I get home.
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I spend 8+ hours a day at my desk for work. I get bored at times and I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets "boredom hunger" I have a drawer in my desk dedicated to healthy snacks and a fridge loaded with fruits and bottles of water. When I get the bored munchies I just reach for something healthy and don't feel bad about snacking throughout the day.
Eating breakfast and small healthy snacks throughtout each day made a huge impact on my weight loss. I keep snacks at my desk, in the car, in my purse, on the shelves at home. I prepare snacks, lunch and sometimes breakfast the night before. That takes away any excuses (running late).
When it comes to snacking, the best way to prevent yourself from going for that chocolate bar in your desk drawer as opposed to some fresh fruit is to simply not buy the chocolate bar in the first place! Getting to the root of the problem, that is, buying what most likely already know is unhealthy for you, should be your primary focus! By avoiding the candy section next time you go grocery shopping you will not even have to deal with the thought of eating the little devil in your desk drawer! :)
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