HELP! With Snacking


#1

Hi All,

I am having some real difficulty with snacking and find healthy snacks - bar the obvious fruit etc.

I am an office worker and sometimes it can be out of pure clock watching or people around me snacking etc but I feel I need something to fill that gap.

Any suggestions?

Thanks
Seán


#2

This Is my kryptonite too
I’ve tried all.
Nuts, protein bar, plain biscuits but I can’t crack it.


#3

I have found upping your water consumption will help a lot. A rumbling tum will usually mean that you are craving some water, or actually hungry.

Drink at least a litre of water before 12 noon, if you work a normal 9-5 shift. It’ll get you off your seat nipping to the toilet at the very least!

Also, it’ll stop the nagging feeling that you are hungry. I brought my cereal into work so that I commuted to work via train, got in early and then settled down with a bowl of weetabix before cracking on with my work.

If you keep to a routine in an office, you can slowly stop your colleagues from eating all that rubbish in front of you as well!


#4

Hi, I work at mcds as an assistant Mgr, I found it really hard at first as you get a free meal each day and need to eat , but I weighed in 0.5kg up last week it hurt me… this week I have changed me meal to a chicken wrap and carrot instead of fries and water is my drink , i feel so much better and will deffo be at a loss this week… carrots and a dip I love them :heart_eyes:

Good luck on your journey I hope you find something that helps you


#5

I stick to breakfast biscuits in a workday.

Means there’s plenty of allowance for elevenses.

A banana & a nature valley protein bar is my current choice and means I don’t bother with lunch until 2pm.


#6

I’ve just joined so not started yet but I’m a bus driver and don’t get set breaks as I’m on shifts and water intake will be a problem as when driving there are not toilets so can’t drink too much water any advice would be appreciated


#7

I have found that by having something along with my porridge in the morning I am getting to lunch time a bit better

Still finding the afternoon difficult but a nice sweet snak of low cal popcorn seems to be helping and a mug shot when needed.


#8

Sounds like the gap might not be hunger but simply a compulsion to eat from boredom or seeing tempting snacks. I found that drinking water when you feel this way can help. I’ve recently tried Fulfil protein bars; their macronutrient ratio is great and include micronutrients. One other thing is to try change your routine - it may be a certain time of day when you have downtime that your mind wanders to food or breaking the habit of reaching for a snack when others are doing it around you? Ask yourself why you feel the need to fill that gap - is it genuine hunger or is it a compulsion based on certain cues? If this is the case try address the triggers that make you feel this way.


#9

As the others have said, water. Plenty of it. Used to have a draw full of biscuits and snacks for a 9-5 but I’ve replaced this with fruit.

Also, have it visible on your desk rather than tucked away in a draw. If you are tempted by bad stuff it helps to see the fruit there available.


#10

Vince mentioned it & I agree - look at the time of day this happens. For me it’s late afternoon after the lunchtime gym session when my energy levels are low. I found that bringing a small container of chick peas with me helps to fill the void!


#11

A couple of months on (Sorry about the late replies) I have found that since I have regulated the diet throughout the day and throughout the week including weekends I am finding it much easier to not only say no but find a very good alternative for example filling the gap as suggested with a water break or simply a quick stroll around to get away from my desk.

I have also found some 37cal biscuits that are nice and sweet so have one/two of these. Which is far better than my old tricks of a couple of bags of crisps and chocolate