Office "treats," "snacks," etc.

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    Feb 22, 2010 4:21 PM GMT
    For those you who work in an office, do you struggle with the constant attack of cakes, cookies, pastries, bagels, snacks, etc.? It seems like there are two sheetcakes a week for birthdays or anniversaries or any possible excuse. It's not a problem that they are there, or that other people are indulging, it's the pressure coworkers put on me to eat them that drives me crazy. It's even worse that I'm a manager and sometimes am the emcee of the event! I keep a good humor, I stay polite, but I simply don't eat that food. Never have, really, even on my own birthday... I just don't get tempted by sweets and never really eat them. But stop giving me a hard time about it, already!! I'm not a food prude, I love to eat. Just not office "treats."

    Rant over.

    For now.

  • Timbales

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    Feb 22, 2010 4:49 PM GMT
    My office isn't as bad as that, but we have vendors that often bring in donuts. We have quarterly corporate meetings, and there used to be all sorts of junk food at those but they have cut back and started including fresh fruit and more wholesome snacks.
  • iHavok

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    Feb 22, 2010 4:52 PM GMT
    My office is horrible about this.
    I work with about 70 older women who are all trying to find fullfillment at the bottom of the Ben and Jerry's carton.

    Even their "healthy options" which they have started offering are dismal. When will people recognize that bagels aren't a healthy alternative to doughnuts?

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    Feb 22, 2010 5:01 PM GMT
    My office is pretty bad year-round, but the Holidays are THE WORST! This year we got about 15 baskets, boxes of chocolates, cookie tins and packages of fudge (down from even more last year and the year before). I had to make a committment to myself this year that I wouldn't eat even one treat at the office otherwise I'd be trying to lose the Holiday lbs until June icon_confused.gif
  • darryaz

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    Feb 22, 2010 5:02 PM GMT
    I work for a small company (about 20 people in our office) and only 3 of us are not overweight. Fortunately the three of us support each other in resisting the temptations.
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    Feb 22, 2010 5:15 PM GMT
    I used to work for Hewlett-Packard and every day twice (at 9:10AM and 2:10PM) a whole crew of little men in white lab coats (I'm not kidding one bit) would wheel out stainless steel butler's trays to stations all over the company. You were given eight bells to tell you when to take that break and eight more bells ten minutes later to let you know to go back to your cubicles. Lots of coffee, teas, cookies, donuts, and if you wanted it - some good fruit. It was interesting watching what the fat people took (and how many) and what the rest of us took (if anything). Fairly predictable.
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    Feb 22, 2010 5:23 PM GMT
    The people in my office know I eat organic. So they accept that I will inhale the fragrance of their sweets and catered lunchs, but not eat any of it.

    It has been a couple of years that I have been transitioning my eating, so now that stuff doesnt even look like food to me.

    And, talk about the power of one, two people in my group have taken to dieting following my example. But I am careful not to proselytize. What others eat is none of my business.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 22, 2010 5:25 PM GMT
    I have my office in a country club setting here at Terradyne. The upstairs used to be hotel rooms, but have been converted (and its awesome) into offices. Since the hotel rooms vary in size dramatically, you can have one that is small, or a huge suite.

    I'm the only office on the ground floor and the "Hereford House" is just steps away. I can walk down any time and get a pop refill or grab something like a candy bar (blah) or other food item. It can be very... tempting....
    and there is also a bar, which if I drank, could be tempting... LOL
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    Feb 22, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
    Caslon13000 saidThe people in my office know I eat organic. So they accept that I will inhale the fragrance of their sweets and catered lunchs, but not eat any of it.

    It has been a couple of years that I have been transitioning my eating, so now that stuff doesnt even look like food to me.

    And, talk about the power of one, two people in my group have taken to dieting following my example. But I am careful not to proselytize. What others eat is none of my business.




    Maybe I should start lying and say I only eat organic!

    It's never that I don't have the willpower to avoid the crap, I really don't even get tempted. The problem is when I don't take a piece of cake off the table people actually tell me I'm weird and ask me what's wrong with me! I try to keep a good humor about it, but I have found myself saying "Oh David just eat a piece of the fucking cake, it's easier than dealing with the people!"
  • WILDCARD73

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    Feb 22, 2010 5:32 PM GMT
    funny how some people at my work say, yes fruit is a healthy snack, and they eat pounds and pounds.... not considering the amount of calorie and carbs they are getting
    lol
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    Feb 22, 2010 5:44 PM GMT
    We have cake and ice cream every month to celebrate the birthdays in my dept. I go to the Soirées but never have any ice cream or cake. They used to tease me now they just marvel at my will-power. One person was very rude to me one day. I just countered. “That’s why you look the way you look and I look the way I look”. Shut her up!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 22, 2010 5:49 PM GMT
    After cycling through everyone's birthdays - I banned all "buffet" treat days. Too much of a distraction as everyone would continuously go back to the feeding trough and socialize...nothing was getting done. It had gotten to the point where there were crock pots of crap coming in...

    I also only do stand-up staff meetings. They are so much quicker and focused when you have to stand versus sitting around in leather chairs kibitzing about one thing or another...
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    Feb 22, 2010 5:50 PM GMT
    Just tell them you have food allergies and can't tolerate sugar or flour. I know plenty of people with restricted diets and everyone tries to accommodate them (diabetes, ciliac disease, etc.). Resisting bad food makes people nervous, just like people who don't drink make drinkers nervous.