Food Sabotage At Work



  • stupidloser
    stupidloser Posts: 300 Member
    Will power. The desire to look good is stronger than the desire to eat a cookie.
  • Myrmilt
    Myrmilt Posts: 124 Member
    Sigh - existence was supposed to be experience. Auto correct is not my friend today.
  • Milvardea
    Milvardea Posts: 52
    edited November 2014
    Try to walk the long way around them, so you don't have to see them. That helps a lot. Don't let anyone park snacks near your desk. Make healthy snack foods more accessible than the junky stuff. If you have to walk by the snacks, try really hard not to look at them, and repeat your goal over and over in your head while you do. "That snack isn't going to help me to get to my 45 pound weight lose goal!" I tell myself, as I walk by the counter where they keep snacks. Also, I do occasionally just have one, and work it into my day.

    Google has free M&Ms for their employees, and they found that if they put a lid on the candies, and put healthier snacks right next to them in open containers, "In the New York office alone, employees consumed 3.1 million fewer calories from M&Ms over seven weeks. That’s a decrease of nine vending-machine-size packages of M&Ms for each of the office’s 2,000 employees."

    Humans are very out of site, out of mind creatures, (and saying "Just don't eat them" is not helpful, by the way). Perhaps you can provide snack "bins" to the office that have lids, or make sure the lids on the doughnut boxes are closed.

    Even better, try providing a healthy alternative right next to the snacks, to keep yourself on track, and help others in your office to make healthy choices. I keep an emergency bag of dried fruit that I put out a bit of next to unhealthy snacks in the office to help all of us trying to lose weight.

    Remember to have faith in yourself, your diet plan, and your decisions to eat healthier. You can do this! Also, remember, if you eat one small piece of candy or a doughnut, it's not the end of the world!

    Keep on keeping on, my friend!
  • Sabine_Stroehm
    Sabine_Stroehm Posts: 19,263 Member
    sseqwnp wrote: »
    sseqwnp wrote: »
    kbc7288 wrote: »
    It is so difficult to eat healthy at my office. Someone is always bringing in fresh homebaked goods, leftover halloween candy, birthday cake, etcetera. What are some ways that you've successfully navigated healthy eating while at work?

    All those things can be incorporated into a healthy diet. I don't understand the question.

    For some people, unhealthy treats can be trigger foods. Speaking for myself, if I start nibbling on our receptionists' bowl of chocolates (mentioned above), I'll end up buying Oreos and Snickers from the vending machine.
    And for some folks: we just don't want to eat unhealthy foods. :smile:

    Yeah, but those folks don't have to worry about eating things they don't eat ...
  • esjones12
    esjones12 Posts: 1,363 Member
    I've used favorite is "nothing tastes as good as fit feels". I also really look at the food and am like, you know that is not even the worlds best cupcake it is a cheap store bought one. And if I know we have our birthday cake for someone in the office I'll just save my afternoon snack to eat during that time. After saying no time and again it becomes much easier. I pretty much don't treat myself at work because it is usually not worth it. I feel much better about myself for longer after saying no than the quick sweet taste of the sugar would have lasted.

    It's always mind over matter.

    Best of luck!
  • Tell yourself "I will let them all eat their pieces first". Then decide if you still want a piece. Most likely you will not. I myself work in an office and this is what I do. Usually after the junk is ate by my coworkers they are complaining about how they wish they didn't. Guess what I am always glad I didn't!! You will be too!! Hang in there and get pass the moment. Sometimes I think we say "yes" only to not be left out. I don't know about you, but I will be glad when weigh in time comes that I said "no".....The time of the weigh in will be my "YESSSSS" time!!!
  • lisaabenjamin
    lisaabenjamin Posts: 665 Member
    edited November 2014
    At the end of the day, it's your decision what you eat and drink - however much someone waves cake or chocolate in your face, it's still your decision to actually put it in your mouth and swallow. So, if you really don't want to eat the unhealthy snacks people bring into work, um, don't.

    I saw a really cool quote the other day that has stuck with me: "Don't be upset about the results you didn't get from the workout you didn't do". You could equally relate this to food...something like "Don't be upset about the weight you didn't lose because you ate all the cake"...or something.

    ETA: If you want to eat the cake, then eat the cake. If it takes you over your calories, just adjust your goals for the next day or two to compensate, or do an extra workout. It's no biggie.
  • BrianSharpe
    BrianSharpe Posts: 9,249 Member
    slomo22 wrote: »
    I "accidentally" trip and knock the cake on the floor so that no one can eat it

    I seriously hope that you're joking, it would take a special kind of jerk to ruin other people's enjoyment because he or she lacked willpower.......

    To the's just a matter planning your food and sticking to the plan (your plan should allow you to have a little treat now and again, depriving yourself only makes things harder than they need to be)

  • hrcc2000
    hrcc2000 Posts: 12 Member
    If I want a snack candy, I'll put the numbers into MFP. If it's too high or if I can substitute something else, that might work. Example: I wanted a "fun sized" pack of Peanut M&Ms the other day. After looking at how many calories, etc that little pack had, I decided to eat a teaspoon of crunchy peanut butter instead. All I wanted was the nutty, crunchy texture/flavor.
  • Tiernan1212
    Tiernan1212 Posts: 797 Member
    That's not sabotage. That's just folks living their own lives.

    Bring snack foods that you like and enjoy them.

    I agree.

    Also, try pre-logging your food for the day. That way you know ahead of time if you have room for snacks. For me, seeing what I would have to give up to fit in some "I can get this whenever I want it's really not worth the cals" office snack is enough to keep me away.
  • ndj1979
    ndj1979 Posts: 29,139 Member
    every time I see these threads I think of that Beastie Boys song..."Sabotage!!!!"..

    OP - seriously, it is an office environment and not everyone has the same health goals. Every time I walk down to the break room there is a bowl of candy bars, or a thing of donuts sitting out, sometimes I stop and have something, sometimes I do not. I suggest you do the same...
    FYI - just because someone likes to eat candy and baked goods does not mean that they are purposefully sabotaging you ...

    when the waiter at a restaurant mentions dessert, is he sabotaging you too??
  • J72FIT
    J72FIT Posts: 5,958 Member
    herrspoons wrote: »
    By not eating them?


  • J72FIT
    J72FIT Posts: 5,958 Member
    That's not sabotage. That's just folks living their own lives.


  • vamaena
    vamaena Posts: 217 Member
    I'll only take baked goods if I can fit it into my day. If's it's storebought then I won't even consider making room for it.
  • stacyjh1979
    stacyjh1979 Posts: 188 Member
    We have stuff where I work ALL the time and most of it is not healthy stuff. I typically know about it ahead of time so if it's something I want then I plan ahead and save calories for it so I can fit it into my goals. A lot of the time I either have a very small amount or I just pass on it entirely. Only you can decide which items are "worth it" to you and which are not. I've learned to think about this pretty hard as there have been a few times I ate something and almost immediately regretted "wasting" my calories on the item.
  • I understand what you're going through. It's so hard to say no to snacking when everyone else is saying yes. Possibly bring your own snack with you.
  • PrizePopple
    PrizePopple Posts: 3,133 Member
    In for sabotage!

  • SonicDeathMonkey80
    SonicDeathMonkey80 Posts: 4,489 Member
    1) Pick up snacks
    2) Walk them over to the trash bin
    3) Loudly dump them in
    4) ???
    5) Yell "Come at me bro!" to the first person who looks at you funny
  • Dawmelvan
    Dawmelvan Posts: 133 Member
    The battle is in my mind. If I don't think about it, I won't eat it.