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That Darn Candy Bowl

February 8, 2011

Love is in the air and it’s that time again. Or Rather, isn’t it always that time? It seems like every time we turn around there’s another holiday and another reason for people to bring candy and sweets into the office. Between Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving and any old excuse, there seems to be some kind of chocolate and sugar lurking in the office year round.

First, I want to say, I love sweets! If you ask me sweet or salty- I’d definitely choose sweet. I consume something sweet pretty much every day. Being a Fit Chick doesn’t mean giving up all things sweet, it means finding a balance between whole and nutritious foods like vegetables, fruits, grains, and protein to fuel your body, and the right amount of indulgence.

Here are my Fit Chick Britt Tips for Fighting the Office Candy Bowl and Winning:

 

Bring your own snacks from home: If you have your own snacks to munch on when you get hungry you will be less inclined to devour the candy bowl. I pack atleast one morning and one afternoon snack every day.  If you know who have a sweet tooth pack sweet snacks like fruit (pineapple, strawberries, grapes, dried cranberries). I also enjoy Luna bars and Lara bars for a sweet afternoon snack- they pack protein and carbs to fuel my post-work workout.

Take your vitamins: Many times we crave an abundance of sweets because our blood sugar or adrenal system needs a boost (energy is low). My sweet cravings usually kick in after lunch time, therefore, I take an emergen-c vitamin supplement in the afternoon. These are vitamin drink mixes, usually sweet in flavor, which contains over 24 nutrients including Vitamin C, and 7 B Vitamins. The sweet flavor curbs my sweet tooth, and the vitamins give me a boost of energy which is what my body is really craving. You can take any multi-vitamin, especially ones that contain B vitamins and you’ll get the same energy boosting  affect.

Stay Hydrated: You’ve probably heard it before, and you probably don’t believe it, but sometimes we confuse hunger for thirst. It’s true! Drink plenty of water throughout the day and keep a cup at your desk for when you’re having the urge to eat or drink something. Before you dive into the candy bowl make yourself drink a glass of water. I also enjoy sweet flavors of hot tea like yogi berry detox, or celestial seasonings fruit flavored tea for a sweet beverage.

Don’t always say no: Don’t completely restrict yourself from the candy bowl; this usually just sets you up for failure and cravings. If you’re having a hankering for a small piece of candy, eat one, savor the flavor, and don’t beat yourself up about it after. One small indulgence won’t throw off your whole day.

Don’t go “Hog-Wild”: Don’t use the excuse that you’ve already had one piece of candy to allow you to eat 5 more pieces.  Like I said before, one piece of candy isn’t going to throw your whole day off balance, but several might.

If you know you can’t stop, grab a piece on the way out: Some people are scared to say yes to the candy bowl because they know once they dive in they can’t stop. If you have this problem, allow yourself a little treat on your way out of the office and enjoy it on the ride home.

Create a Challenge For Yourself and Co-workers: See how many days you can go without jumping in the candy bowl, or try an every-other-day approach. Team up with your co-workers, most likely, there will be others that don’t want to devour the entire candy bowl, and need help restricting it. If you make your goals public, perhaps you can get someone else to jump on the bandwagon with you. If not, you can be inspiration to those around, until they decide to join you.

Get the Bowl Out of Eyesight/Reach: If you sit with the candy bowl right in front of your face or on your desk, chances are you’re going to consume a lot of it. Share with your coworkers and keep treats in a common area. If your desk is located in eyesight of the bowl even in the common area, ask if it’s ok to move it somewhere else. Out of sight, out of mind.

Remember, don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t let something silly like the candy bowl or other office treats ruin your day or your hard work at the gym. It’s ok to enjoy in moderation, but use these simple tips to keep the candy bowl from winning the battle!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2011 7:07 PM

    great tips! so true about the hydration and not having candy in arms length. too tempting otherwise!

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