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There are five common reasons why we eat unnecessarily at the office. If you often fall into a pile of chips at about 3 o’clock on workdays, you probably relate to one or more of the following:
1. Stress eating. Duh.
Many of us eat because we don’t know how else to calm down. Eating takes the edge off for about 1.5 minutes, because we can focus on a sensory experience rather than our emotional state.
The problem is, stress eating has no lasting effect on the root problem. If you're engaging in this behavior, try taking three deep breaths in a row, or better yet, take a walk around the block, rather than the kitchen.
2. You’re tired.
I get it. Fatigue is another major trigger of non-hunger related eating. It makes biological sense that we reach for energy (in the form of calories) when we’re over-worked and under-slept. Unfortunately this is one of those examples where I’m just gonna tell you to deal with it: GET ENOUGH SLEEP, or your mind and body will suffer.
Ughghggh. Boredom will get you when you’re completing tasks you find totally mundane and have already done 8,462 times before. The solution? Come up with three exciting (non-food) actions you can take in under 60 seconds when you need a jolt of excitement. I quick sext to your man is a far healthier option than popping Rolos for no reason.
4. Feeling trapped.
This one’s a doozy. Emotional eating is an escape and it’s important to realize what exactly you’re escaping. If it’s the occasional bout of busy-work in a generally satisfying position, that’s one thing. But if you’re constantly miserable at work — the place you spend the majority of your waking hours — you have a bigger problem than “office munchies.” Do what you need to do to change your situation. You always have a choice.
5. It’s not just the office...
Some of us eat our feelings in the office, and out. If you’ve been struggling with yo-yo dieting and/or compulsive eating for longer than you care to admit, I highly recommend downloading my guide “How To Not Eat Chocolate Cake”. We’ll get it taken care of.
What about you? How do you avoid the munchies at work? I'd love to hear in the comments below.