I have realised that sitting in the office all day drives me to snack. I don't do it at home at the weekend, and we were at a conference and team building event yesterday, and although I had packed my healthy snacks, I did not feel the need to eat them, even though I would have used more energy on the team building event than I would have sat in the office for sure.
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How do you all beat the call of food when stuck at a desk all day?
I usually most vulnerable in mid-afternoon. Since I recognize this, I try to keep a supply of reasonably portioned, somewhat heatlhy snacks in my desk, and I try not to reach the point that hunger in making my decisions. I sometimes have air-popped popcorn, edamame, a baked sweet potato topped with black bean salsa....A grocery store is on the other side of the parking lot, and sometimes I walk over & buy just one Skinny Cow ice cream (150 calories). I know that I cannot be trusted with more than that.
Failing to plan is planning to fail.
I pack snacks in my lunch every day. Then I also keep other snacks at my desk or in our kitchen. Roasted edamme, almonds, unsalted peanuts, pretzels, hummus, greek yogurt, laughing cow cheese, rf triscuits are some of my favorites.
I plan my day out in the morning eating wise. I put in my main meals first then use my snacks to fill the gaps for my nutrition grade. Keeping a lot of options helps with this, I may not always eat what I packed for a snack, but I know I have other options available.
Delicious Protein Bars!! be picky and careful about the brands you are buying. i go to the health food store to ensure the HEALTHIEST options.
i do not endorse "meal replacement" with bars and shakes, as i find those are not satisfying..
i like VEGA SPORTS, LARA BAR, SOLO LOW GI, LUNa and genuine PROTEINS+.
i try to stick to ones below or around 200 cals, atleast 8 gms of protein and LOW SUGAR.
these taste SO DELICIOUS i dont WANT to eat cookies and cakes and donuts and whatever else floats into the office lol.
and LOTS OF WATER and SUGAR FREE GUM. also, watermelon!! super filling, and filled with lots of vitamins to keep you fuller longer! good luck :)
I work at an event center so there is always, always catering. I have found that I have to be truly all or nothing with snacking at work. Maybe someday I'll have the willpower to eat a few things here and there without losing it, but I had to make the simple rule that I only eat food I bring from home.
It sucks a little bit because some of the catering here is amazing, but having the willpower to not eat it feels better at the end of the day than giving in and over eating. :)
I'm a big office snacker. I use to eat gummy candies and chips, now I eat grape tomatoes, edamame, or sliced cucumbers with salsa (like chips and dip). If I'm craving something more substantial I'll have a light yogurt.
I eat cucumbers, carrots and jicama almost everyday at work. Its part of my lunch but I kind of just snack on it through the afternoon. I find the crunchy food helps with the need to snack the most and these foods keep me full.
I usually have a fruit snack after or with breakfast (before lunch) and a raw veggie snack between lunch and leaving work. Especially the veggies are so filling and bulky that it really keeps me satisfied. I find that they are most satisfying when they come in pieces, so I always slice my apples and veggies first and arrange them pretty on a little plate instead of just biting into them.
One of my favorite veggie snacks in the afternoon is a whole raw bell pepper, cut into thin strips. Crunchy and suprisingly sweet once your taste buds are off the constant sugar high we feed them with most unhealthy snacks.
I find for myself personally that if I go for something chocolatey or "treat" like in the afternoon, it just makes the snack cravings worse - I save fiber one brownies, fruity or chocolatey granola bars etc. for late night snacks or sometimes breakfast. They don't seem to set off the snack cravings after breakfast.
When I worked in the office I stopped contributing to the junk food pool, so I felt far too bad/guilty to give into cravings cause I wasn't a junk food contributor anymore. I just imagine that even one chip or one chocolate everyone would think: she hasn't added any treats for week/months why does she think she can eat as if she did! HAHA, weird I know but I knew it work for me.