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    How Do You Deal With Junk Food at the Office?

    I work in IT at a hospital. My co-workers bring in donuts, cake, and brownies on a weekly basis. Unfortunately I sit right by the table that they put them at.

    On top of that, I'm following the "lean gains" style of intermittent fasting where I don't eat until lunch time.

    So when the sweets are there , I'm already hungry and end up eating that junk.

    I COULD keep some hard boiled eggs on hand... or some apples and almond butter and honey on hand and eat that instead of that crap.

    Any other suggestions on dealing with junk food at work?

    Thanks!
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    I don't eat it.

    I attend a weekly breakfast. I have learned to eat my breakfast at home and come to the weekly breakfast with a cup of coffee. Enjoy the folks, not the food. Once in a while someone brings in really good food and then I eat a second breakfast. But usually it's just garbage. Activia, bagels, muffins and stuff. I just don't see that stuff as food anymore. Same goes for the leftover conference foods they put out, the candy and baked goods that make the rounds, the donuts and all the other crap.
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    Thanks.

    I find that coffee helps curb my hunger too. I just have to pre-empt eating that stuff by having something better on hand at all times

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    Change the way you think about it. One of the biggest things that helped me was saying, "I don't" instead of "I can't". Can't makes you feel like you're being deprived, limited. Don't, to me, was more like I made a choice and what you have to offer isn't as important as it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CaveBug View Post
    Change the way you think about it. One of the biggest things that helped me was saying, "I don't" instead of "I can't". Can't makes you feel like you're being deprived, limited. Don't, to me, was more like I made a choice and what you have to offer isn't as important as it.


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    I use the same technique. I work in an office where people bring in cake every couple of days. I now only get offered out of manners, no one expects me to eat it. I would always say "I don't eat that stuff". Everyone knows cakes and candy are bad, your colleagues included. They should be the ones feeling guilty for eating it, not making you feel bad for saying no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaveBug View Post
    Change the way you think about it. One of the biggest things that helped me was saying, "I don't" instead of "I can't". Can't makes you feel like you're being deprived, limited. Don't, to me, was more like I made a choice and what you have to offer isn't as important as it.


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    I completely agree with this approach. Sometimes it's all mental. I also try to be really picky about stuff. I've got great dark chocolate at home, I'm not going to eat a mediocre candy bar just because its there.

    I guess I'm lucky though because my office usually doesn't have baked goods around, partly because a couple of my coworkers are diabetic.

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    It gets easier after you're paleo for a while. When I initially went paleo I used still want to eat bread/pasta/cake/cookies. Now while it all sounds delicious the urge is not that strong to actually procure it. Cupcakes at work are easy to refuse.

    For the meantime, just keep primal food on hand that you LOVE for when you are hungry or snacky. You have to be mentally satiated in addition to physically satiated so you do not feel deprived. Egg salad? Dark chocolate? Primal trail mix? Self-made sweet potato chips? Kefir? Sometimes I eat a KIND bar (not the best choice but at least it is still somewhat Primal) when other people eat junk food.
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    don't eat it. tell me you're not weak minded enough to be outsmarted by a donut?

    I laugh at all of the fat women as they eat their baked goods and drink soda at 9:30am, then talk about how many points they can have on weight watchers. I've been asked countless times about paleo, primal blueprint, etc. I've given out books and links to websites (only when asked) and tried to be as supportive as possible. but nothing sticks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by not on the rug View Post
    don't eat it. tell me you're not weak minded enough to be outsmarted by a donut?
    Never been outsmarted by a donut, but I did lose a game of Trivial Pursuit to a French Crueller once.

    Quote Originally Posted by not on the rug View Post
    I laugh at all of the fat women as they eat their baked goods and drink soda at 9:30am, then talk about how many points they can have on weight watchers. I've been asked countless times about paleo, primal blueprint, etc. I've given out books and links to websites (only when asked) and tried to be as supportive as possible. but nothing sticks.
    It does constantly amaze me how people can recognize success, feel the urge to dig into the mechanism behind it, then go back to the behaviors that made them sick and obese in the first place.

    People at my office think I care about the fact that there are donuts/bagels/crumb cakes, despite the fact that they all know I won't touch them. They come to my office and say "There are _________ (terrible pastries) down the hall, but I know you won't eat them"

    Um, thanks for telling me, I guess...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    Never been outsmarted by a donut, but I did lose a game of Trivial Pursuit to a French Crueller once.
    never trust the french

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