I find myself often fighting cravings mid morning and mid afternoon. Last week in particular was a tough one and actually inspired this post. It’s almost like clockwork when 3pm rolls around and I search my desk for signs of edible objects. I can be pretty good about saying no to snacks, but I do find myself caving in more often than I’d like. Through my own trials, I’ve found a few ways that help me stop my extraneous eating. I put together a few ways in the list below that have worked for me and will hopefully work for you too.
Five ways I’ve learned to curb snacking:
- Brush your teeth. Absolutely nothing tastes good immediately after brushing your teeth. If you don’t have a toothbrush handy or feel awkward brushing your teeth in front of your coworkers, you can always swish some mouthwash or pop a mint.
- Out of sight, out of mind. Keep you snacks off your desk in a drawer or in your bag. I actually hid my dove chocolate piece behind my computer screen today. I would have completely forgotten it until a co worker asked me about it… then, yes, I ate it.
- Drink more water. I always try to keep a bottle handy. When I get that urge to eat something I take a sip instead in attempts to quell any eating desires.
- Take a break and do something to occupy your mind. I sometimes have mundane tasks to accomplish, like filling out paperwork or organizing data, and that’s when miscellaneous eating hits me hard. A pretzel here, a peanut there and next thing I know the bag is empty. To squash my hunger desires and challenge my mind, I keep a rubik’s cube and some brain teasers about.
- Keep those wrappers as a reminder of chocolate carnage. If and when I do give in to the secretary’s stash of chocolate delights, I leave the wrapper on my desk. Clutter, yes, but seeing all I have eaten tends to be the reminder I need to not make a bad day any worse.