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LoveThatMoney
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Food Discipline
I work in an office in which lunches are frequently catered for meetings and there are multiple meetings a day. The result is that there is a plethora of food available most days after these meetings are over and the leftovers are put in the office kitchen. This is great from a money saving perspective, but it is absolute hell on my diet. Particularly since most of them are catered with desserts (and frequently that dessert is my Achilles heel: chocolate chip cookies).

Anyone have tips for how they deal with food temptations and disciplines. I used to be able to withstand this shit, but I wasn't confronted with it daily and for hours at a time. I try to stay away from the food, but the kitchen is where the water is and, plus, I like to get up from my desk and meander a bit to get away from the boredom.

Anyway, if y'all have some sort of psychological trick you play on yourselves or something, I'm all ears. Haven't gained weight, but I haven't been able to go to the gym as much as I'd like thanks to a bulging disc and pinched nerve, so I've gotten fat, which is fricking awful.


TideSaint
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re: Food Discipline
No offense, but just don't fricking eat them.


Vyvanse
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re: Food Discipline
Keep some dark chocolate (80% cacao or higher) and some fruits at work and eat those when you're craving something sweet. For the lunches themselves, just try to stay away from the bread, chips, etc. and you should be fine.
This post was edited on 6/18 at 4:29 pm


LoveThatMoney
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re: Food Discipline
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No offense, but just don't fricking eat them.


"Hey, crackhead. No offense, but stop smoking crack."

Ooooo so that's what I need to do. Thanks, Dr. Phil.


lsu777
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re: Food Discipline
Intermittent fasting, eca stack or just make sure you are never hungry by eating most calories early while at work.

I deal with the same thing, just got to tough it out.


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NotoriousFSU
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re: Food Discipline
Two rules for ya:

1. 90% of your meals/snacks (daily calories) should be consumed at home.
2. Don’t bring anything that’s crap (nutritionally) into the house.

Try it for 30 days and the results will make you realize how much control you have over cravings.


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Hulkklogan
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re: Food Discipline
Discipline is like a muscle. You have to exercise it to be stronger. You'll fail but as you go along but stick with it and you'll get there.

The mentality that I've been using that's helped me is... make everything you put in your mouth a conscious choice. Does this align with my goals? Yes, ok cool. No? How bad do I really want this? How good is it really? Is it worth the negatives? In most cases.. no, no it's not. Once you get good at this "pause button" attitude, you get the power back. An extra leftover mini sandwich is not worth the setback it causes in your goals. A chocolate chip cookie isn't THAT good and it's short lived. Pretty much nothing they will leave in the office is worth it.



I'm lucky enough to work from home most of the time now and it's been really beneficial for my health and eating
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OceanMan
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re: Food Discipline
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Vyvanse


Sorry but I can’t take food discipline tips seriously from a guy with this screen name...we know your secret


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SabiDojo
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re: Food Discipline
High fiber protein bars
Jerky


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Northshore_LSU
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re: Food Discipline
I struggle with the same thing man but if it’s something I know I shouldn’t eat I typically give myself 30 seconds or so and usually talk myself out of it.


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oleyeller
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re: Food Discipline
quote:

Hey, crackhead. No offense, but stop smoking crack."

Ooooo so that's what I need to do. Thanks, Dr. Phil.




Soooo were you looking for some magic pill or something in here?


Hulkklogan
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re: Food Discipline
No but that advice is as useless as "eat less move more". True at its foundation, but nothing useful for someone looking for help.

Clearly he's looking for methodologies that have worked for other people.


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CorkSoaker
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re: Food Discipline
I agree with this approach. Keep some Hershey kisses or something in your office (but not in arms reach) and eat one when feeling tempted. Continue to fight the temptation until you no longer even need the Hershey kisses. Put them in a spot that you have to work a little to get to.


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NIH
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re: Food Discipline
Find exercise you want to strive to get better at

Whether that’s running, CrossFit, lifting, biking, whatever

You won’t want to eat cookies and cake when you want to see progress in those types of things

Eta: whatever you can do with your current injuries
This post was edited on 6/20 at 7:41 am


LoveThatMoney
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re: Food Discipline
Thanks guys. I had an after photo of myself when I got down to 175 lbs. I have made that my phone wallpaper as motivation.

fricking terrible, but I looked at a brownie today and walked away. Gives me that "pause moment" like one of you suggested.


Andychapman13
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re: Food Discipline
Tony Robbins would say you have to associate eating with extreme pain and refraining from eating with extreme pleasure. It’s a little more involved than that, so go listen to some of his stuff i you’re wondering how to. But the thing is, you’re not eating outside of a couple small meals per day out of hunger for calories to your body. Most eating in the US is a compulsory habit to feed some emotional void or boredom. Smoking is the same thing. Give yourself a little prayer or quote to say every time you think about eating to fill said void...


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Adajax
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re: Food Discipline
I was a sugar junkie. I lived for cookies and Little Debbie snack cakes. I didn't think I could ever give up sweets and Blue Bell ice cream so I was defeated before ever trying to diet. It seemed impossible. But like some junkies, I had to hit rock bottom to start climbing out. Once I had made up my mind, I went cold turkey on the sweets even when my coworkers bring the goods.

I also started intermittent fasting to help with my lack of discipline. I fast 16 hrs every day and only eat between 11 am and 7 pm (eating keto). This keeps me from the night munchies and if I eat two meals during my eating window, the need to snack is eliminated. I've lost 43 lbs in four months. Just commit to a plan. If you want it bad enough, you'll stick with it. Good luck.
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LSUA 75
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re: Food Discipline
I suffer from the same problem with sweets but before I got married at 30 I ate no sweets for years because I was motivated to stay slender.After I got married I fell off the wagon and have gained about 40 lbs.,sad to say.Few months ago I decided that if I did it once I could do it again so I swore off sweets.It was very hard at first but as time has passed I have found it easier,doesn’t really bother me anymore.I have been eating more fruit,especially apples and grapes which I should have been doing all along.I also have limited myself drinking mostly water only,I was big fan of sweet tea.
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LSUA 75
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re: Food Discipline
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I fast 16 hrs every day and only eat between 11am and 7pm
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I have read that is good plan,actually what I have read is 12 hour fast daily which is the way people ate for eons before artificial light came to be.I imagine 16 hours would be better.Think it would be tough for me,though.


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timdonaghyswhistle
Member since Jul 2018
2830 posts

re: Food Discipline
Here's the trick I found to help with this. Realize that foods with added sugars are basically poison.


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