Snacking at work

  • zakariahzol

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    May 28, 2009 12:49 PM GMT
    I have identify one area that need improvement in order for me to loss weight. Snacking at work. I usually can have a choice of healthy food at home or even in restaurant but not at work. In my office it is a norm for us to bring some snack like cracker, cookies, candy, biscuits and etc to share with friends. Those stuff are usually highly fattening, sugard and oily. I usually will feel hungry before lunch and start snacking. I was thinking of bringing some fruits to work. Somethings to fill me up before lunch. However , given the choice the greasy cracker or high sugard cookies look more appertising than banana . Especially if your friend ask you to join them


    Any ideas how to solve this problem?
  • Timbales

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    May 28, 2009 1:08 PM GMT
    Keep healthy, portable snacks at your desk. Things like fruit, dried fruits, almond, etc. I'd suggest to you that you go ahead and have a sugary, sweet treat but limit yourself to doing it once a week. Then it is a treat. After awhile, you'll find that you don't even really want it.
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    May 28, 2009 3:48 PM GMT
    I eat about half a cup of cashew's with a glass or two of skim milk for a quick snack at work.
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    May 28, 2009 4:44 PM GMT
    Its called emotional eating bro...most jobs are stressful, and we turn to food for nurture, take a walk instead...icon_wink.gif
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    May 28, 2009 5:28 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidKeep healthy, portable snacks at your desk. Things like fruit, dried fruits, almond, etc. I'd suggest to you that you go ahead and have a sugary, sweet treat but limit yourself to doing it once a week. Then it is a treat. After awhile, you'll find that you don't even really want it.


    This is the sound advice. It´s certainly true that we use food to medicate and change emotions, but it´s not all there is to be said. You need to train your body NOT to want sugary crap. One good way is to stop taking sugar in your coffee and tea and to stop drinking sodas. Once that has settled down then you will find that your sugar cravings decrease.

    But you do need to eat good things: the body legitimately wants food: nuts, milk, all the stuff Tim suggested (beward dried fruit though.. higher sugar content... normal fruit is better for HABITUAL eating)
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    May 28, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
    I agree with the other posters. I bring apples, raisins, almonds, etc on Mondays to my office and snack on them all week. Another thing I do is not only train your body to not want the sugary stuff but also train your body and mind to want the good stuff. I have actually made it a point during the day to say to myself " I cant wait till I get ahold of a good apple." "I need a good handful of raisins right now." At first these mental psychouts seem weird but now I actually get excited over the handful of almonds I am gonna have at snack time. At least that worked for me!?!?!



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    Jun 11, 2009 9:43 AM GMT
    Clif bars & Kashi bars are also much better choices, and can satisfy the craving for sweets.
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    Jun 11, 2009 10:18 AM GMT
    Yes, everything that's been said before. High calorie starches by themselves are habit forming and craving. Have good things with you (almonds are my staple, but fruits and vegetables come along too), but you have to say to yourself "I know I want a cookie, but I'm going to make a better choice for myself now".
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    Jun 11, 2009 10:54 AM GMT
    And what do you do when you work in a commercial kitchen and as a part of your job you have to taste a plethora of delicious yet not so healthy things all day long?

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    Jun 12, 2009 6:50 PM GMT
    I eat this for breakfast with Rice Dream poured over it and I am not hungry until lunchtime.... around 12:30ish. This stuff really sticks to your ribs and it sooooo good. If I must have a snack before lunch I choose low fat mini pretzels and a piece of fruit. A banana works for me.

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    Jun 12, 2009 6:56 PM GMT
    I like the Chobani Greek-style non-fat yogurt. Honey flavor is 150 calories and 15 grams of protein. I'll have it with a piece of fruit. I find it very satisfying.
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    Jun 12, 2009 6:56 PM GMT
    ADM!!! Look, that bottom drawer that ain't got shit in it, go to the grocery store, preferably a "healthy one", and load up on stuff like protein bars, nuts, dried fruit (non-processed) and bring stuff like yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese & fresh fruit. It's not that difficult.
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    Jun 12, 2009 7:18 PM GMT
    As a variation on what's already been said: I notice a similar issue at my office. My solution is to always have cold water and fruit (at least two different kinds) at my desk. Typically I'll bring one or two bananas and 2 or three apples or pears (in season). Lately, I've also added baby carrots as my 'always there' snack. They don't necessarily fill me, but they certainly take the 'edge' off.

    If there's an announcement of 'doughnuts for everyone' or something similar, I'll eat a piece of fruit and drink some water first then I'll probably not have the doughnut, or candy or cookie.