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Help! Office snacks

Morning all! Does anyone have any tips or tricks to avoid giving into to the dreaded office treats that are currently staring into my soul 🤦🏻‍♀️

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Think: what’s more important, what I want now or what I want most?

And tomorrow, have a filling breakfast, a third of you calorie allowance, and eat when you’re hungry, not because it’s there.

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On top of what BridgeGirl has said, have a glass of water followed by a hot drink☕️

That’s the devil looking into your soul🧛🏾‍♀️

You have 2 if us now, one on each shoulder saying ‘You can resist ‘. 😁😁

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1. They are the enemy, they will come between you and your goal.

2. Are they in your plan? No? So don't have them.

3. Just look at the ingredients and the calorie count. What else could you have for the calories that is nicer? But ok, if you still fancy it, plan it in for tomorrow. Tomorrow, eat it mindfully. Was it worth it? [No. Ten to one its constituent parts are sugar and weird fats. See also point 1 above.]

4. Arrange with your colleagues for office treats to be kept out of sight, in a cupboard or a tin. For some reason, this really helps me - I think I must be a visual person. I just brought the tin in, said what I was doing and did it. No more packets of biscuits or doughnuts staring at me or making the place look untidy. I couldn't even tell you what's in our "treat" tin now!

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I second the “out of sight, out of mind” tactics, and lets be honest, no-one needs all that rubbish, even the slimmer folk!! They’ll thank you for hiding it all 😊

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Nightmare arn

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I’ve started bringing fruit into work and putting that on the treat pile 🤓

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Nightmare aren’t they.

Can you put some out of sight in the staff fridge? I find it much easier to lose weight when I am not offered food and very hard to resist when I am, you have all my sympathy.

I will try the large tin suggestion.

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I am lucky at work - they provide us with fresh fruit ... so we always have this available.

If i take things in myself, seafood sticks or on the rare occasion, a small bag of popcorn but i try not to do this as although lower in calories - there are no nutritional values really.

There are great recipes for things like muffins which can be used for breakfast or snacks - Tom Kerridge has a great popcorn bar recipe out there that uses dark chocolate and is a nice treat!

I even make my own crisps these days if i have to have crisps or roast my own peanuts in spices as a treat occasionally.

If you can get away from snacks and use your calorie range for 3 larger / filling meals though it is better - but everyone is different and it's about finding what works for you :)

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I have two ideas which can often work for me.

1. Never have even one, because once you've "just had one"; it is so much easier to keep on indulging.

2. Instead of regular chocolates and biscuits instead, perhaps on designated treat days, treat yourself to a very high quality treat insted such as high cocoa chocolate, hand made chocolate or something savoury you love... my experience is when you start to snack on premium snacks instead it is alot easier to say no to regular snacks like Kit Kits and boiled sweets.

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I think I need to thing about the ‘it’s never just one’. I always justify having ‘just one’ then proceed to take 40 😩

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So Chlocub, did you manage to resist all that office temptation today?

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I went for the stash of almonds I keep in my drawer instead of the devils food 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ thanks!!

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I'm so proud of you :) Well done - so tomorrow a bigger breakfast and take more nuts and a good and filling lunch :)

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I think that’s my problem... I always have breakfast before I go to work which is normal at around 6:30. Then I get to work and I’m already hungry and ready to bow to the toblerone🤦🏽‍♀️ I’ll definitely re-evaluate ! Thank you 🙂

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Could you plan a second breakfast to eat mid morning? That’s a long time between breakfast and lunch . . . 😕

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I think there’s also an approach that says have one, maybe on a Friday, and build it into your calorie allowance. Well done for the resistance today!

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Thank you! It’s so hard to resist sometimes, especially when the person next to you has 4 brownies an hour 😂

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Ultimately, you have to make decisions that are right for you. You might decide to accept some cake for instance and eat it as your carb portion with lunch.

Learning to decline is an important skill, and you have to be convinced that you don't want the harm from what is being offered.

I agree with Steelad in that eating balanced meals that you enjoy prevents the need for snacking in between.

Good luck!

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I like to imagine people not washing their hands properly and touching all the treats and breathing/coughing their office germs on them! Puts me right off! :)

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Brilliant :) Such a good idea :)

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Bleurgh! Yep, works for me.

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Great idea!! 😊

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This definitely helps! But not when they’re all individually wrapped mini toblerones! 😩

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I make sure I have enough for breakfast and lunch so that I am not getting genuinely hungry. I find keeping a bottle of chilled water in the fridge and keeping hydrated also helps. Then I have made a rule for myself that I won't eat all those rubbishy treats that are always available at my workplace on a daily basis. Not even 'just one' chocolate button or pringle. If I taste just one I will lose my self control and eat more treats (and then probably eat something else inappropriate on the way home and at night too!!!)

Unfortunately having made myself a rule it is pretty much then down to will power to obey my own rule :) If it is any consolation I find that I don't really crave these things if I don't eat them at all.

You really have to wonder at the health implications of all the junk food snacks being consumed in our workplaces, day in and day out :)

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Wise words sunny369

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I’m fine between breakfast and lunch normally. It’s between 2-5 that are the hardest not to snack!

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I tend to try make bigger breakfast of overnight oats and that usually gets me through breaktime too!

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I have a "plan" for this now, it's not a "rule" because if I make it a rule at some point I'll want to rebel against my own rule! I only deem homemade cake that I really enjoy (that isn't overly sweet or covered in lots of icing and the like ) worthy of the calories! So something like a homemade fruit cake or lemon drizzle. Most people bring in shop bought things which I realised a while ago I just don't enjoy. The good stuff happens maybe once a month at the most (our best bakers currently on maternity leave). So if there's something I really would enjoy I know I can have a piece and not feel deprived, I'd just have to be aware of what else I had that day to accommodate it.

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Coffee with a tea spoon of sugar! I normally don't put sugar in my coffee so it's a real treat and curves my appetite

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