How To Curb Your Sugar Cravings And Snacking Urges

By Miss T

Stop Snacking At WorkIt’s a weakness most of us give in to everyday.  It’s a weakness we are not proud of, something we promise ourselves we’ll avoid day in and day out, but one that we break every time.  Then we keep telling ourselves, tomorrow will be better; tomorrow will be different.  But mere willpower is never enough.

We leave for work after a full breakfast, because all the experts say that not skipping breakfast will keep us from snacking.  We sit down to our office desk feeling positive that today’s the day; you won’t be making that trip of shame to the vending machine.  We’re going through our morning routine, when our stomach starts to grumble.  We try to ignore it by focusing on finishing that report, or replying to all those emails, lunch is only an hour and a half away anyway.  But our efforts at mind control are futile.  The harder we try not to think about it, the more we picture that sweet treat in the vending machine.  So we break under sweet pressure and find ourselves inserting a bill into the slot.  As we bite down on our sugary treat, we tell ourselves, tomorrow we’ll try harder.  But of course, tomorrow ends up just the same.

The mid-morning munchies should not have control over you.  You can have control over your sugar cravings, and curb your snacking urges.  It will take more than willpower, and here are some tips to get you on your way to snubbing that tempting vending machine.

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Stay Calm.

When you get stressed at work, the urge to snack becomes stronger and harder to control.  One way to avoid indulging in your sweet cravings is by managing your stress.  If you efficiently plan your work load, you can stay calm and relaxed and saying no to those junk foods will be much easier.

Have a Fruit Stash Handy.

On your way to work, grab an apple or a couple of bananas to have handy for when your stomach starts grumbling in the middle of the morning or afternoon.  Snacking does not have to be bad, especially if you’ll be indulging on healthier alternatives, like fresh fruits.

Loose the Loose Change.

If you’re always finding yourself standing in front of the office vending machine, inserting coins into the slot, leave your loose change at home.  This way, you are taking away the choice of indulging your sugar cravings, and leaving yourself with only one option: wait until lunch.

Keep Your Hands and Mind Busy and Off the Sweet Temptations.

When you find yourself getting idle, your mind will tend to stray towards eating.  Boredom begets snacking, so keep your self busy.  Again, plan your day ahead to make sure that you have plenty of tasks to occupy your time.

Take an Appetite Suppressant.

I strongly recommend trying this out.  Appetite suppressants come in pill form, taken in the morning to help make you feel full for a long time.  These pills are safe to take and can make a big difference in helping you avoid excessive eating.

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5 Responses

  1. Drew Clement says:

    This really is a great idea and there is a ton of advice that people can use to avoid snacking and reaching for poor food choices.

    I also wanted to point out that even just an extra hour of sleep per night can give you the power to make better choices. Just going to bed half hour earlier and waking up a half hour later can do wonders.

    Also let us all keep in mind that there is nothing wrong with snacking. (even though it was a HUGE no-no years ago)It is just all about balance and healthy snacking. Keep healthy choices closer, like in your desk, than the vending machine and you will be doing wonders for your will power.

  2. lfost says:

    Is this an add for UniqueHoodia or something?? I can’t believe it concludes that appetite suppressants are one of the best ways to solve a mid-morning hunger problems. Horrible.

    Appetite suppressants are NOT sustainable. If you’re hungry, EAT. If you’re stressed or bored, you’re eating emotionally – meaning that you aren’t TRULY hungry. Learn to tell the difference between real hunger and emotional hunger. Its hard, but it gets easier and really…it’s the only sustainable way to lose weight and to keep it off.

  3. Rich Wooger says:

    Thanks Miss T for your helpful advices on nutrition. I appreciate them very much. The only thing I would like to add is that it is very importnat to do sport exersizes.

  4. Curbing one’s cravings for sweets is indeed very difficult. But with right discipline and control one can do it. But don’t you think it is just well to treat oneself for a sweet once in a while?

  5. I can think of two possible reasons why you crave sugar and sweets. One reason could be that eating sweets and dessert is a family tradition and having something sweet after dinner could be comforting or it could be a habit. Eating sugar can actually be a bit addictive.
    Another reason you might be craving sugar could be due to lower serotonin levels. Serotonin is a brain chemical that makes you feel content and happy. Many antidepressant medications work by keeping serotonin levels high. Sugar may increase the absorption of an amino acid called tryptophan, which the body uses to make serotonin. This means that eating something sweet may make you feel happy and avoiding sweets may make you feel crabby.

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