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Dear Sugar
I work in an office five days a week and rarely get outside during the day. Since the holidays are here, there is chocolate, candy, cookies, you name it, everywhere you turn. It seems like I am always hungry at work. Do you have any tips for resisting the temptation of all the good for the soul but bad for the body foods? Sweet Tooth Sandra

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Dear Sweet Tooth Sandra
Don't you just envy the girl in your office that can eat all the goodies and never gain an ounce? Most people can't eat like that but luckily there are ways to give in to your cravings the healthy way. The first thing to remember is watch out for the hidden calories in such things as: juices, sodas, fancy coffee drinks and protein shakes which are loaded with sugar and caloric carbs.

Packing snacks from home will allow you to eat something healthy when you feel that growl in your stomach without having to resort to the vending machine or the holiday cookies. Nuts and dried fruit can calm the hunger and provide you with energy, and string cheese and fruit are healthy snacks to keep in the fridge.

Stress is also a culprit that may drive you to the kitchen. Try to get outside or walk around the office when you start to feel those donuts calling out to you. Since holiday lunches could be in your future, remember to order wisely. Opt for lean meats and vegetables and stay clear away from the fried foods.

If you need to feed your sweet tooth, order tea rather than dessert or suck on a hard candy sparingly to satisfy your oral fixation. Surprisingly, drinking water can also create a sense of fullness too and can quench an urge. Hopefully these tips can help you avoid the holiday belly bulge without skipping out on all the fun.

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amandasunly amandasunly 8 years
Thanks for the advice. And this is a question I've thought of asking but was unsure about.
karmapunch karmapunch 9 years
Definitely munch on some yummy little snacks of your own- I love pretzel sticks (100 cals for a snack sized bag filled with 'em) and little plantain chip bags (90 cals/bag). Yogurt is also a good choice- just look for the versions low in calories and/or with a lot of fruit. (What I mean is, no Trix or Gogurt, lol.) When you're eating all of those yummy but not fattening snacks, the urge for donuts kinda just fades away...
Scout22 Scout22 9 years
I listen to this horrible (and very funny) morning show and shockly the other day there was a comedian on talking about how he's not smoking anymore. What he said was "I had to look at it like a bad relationship and say, I would not put up with this if it were a woman why am I now?" he also went on to say "if I know I am giving something up that makes me want it more, like it's forbidden" so that is what I have been trying to remember. It's not perfect but if you can remember that you like YOU more than chocolate sometimes it helps. :) Scout
sabrinaland sabrinaland 9 years
You know what tastes really good? Dried mango strips you can find at Whole Foods. You might want to give them a try. I love them plus they are healthy.
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 9 years
I try to keep my desk stocked of healthier snacks, and so far I have done a pretty good job of resisting the holiday goodies (most of which I am guilty of providing!). The Special K cereal bars are sweet and tasty, and only 90 calories. I also keep caramel rice cakes, yogurt, and reduced fat crackers handy if I am feeling hungry.
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