6 Ways to Outsmart Office Food Obstacles

The Scenario:
There’s a stash of junk food in the office pantry—or worse, on a table smack-dab in the middle of the office.

The Solution:
Obviously, it helps to maintain a ‘healthy’ distance from the danger zone. If your desk location (or weak will power) makes this difficult, try staving off the urge to snack with a hydration strategy: Every time you feel tempted to nosh on something less than stellar, drink a glass of water, wait a few minutes, and then reevaluate your need for food. The liquid will make your belly feel fuller, which can delay your brain’s hunger signals for a while. If you need something more satisfying than plain ol’ H2O, try seltzer water with a splash of fruit juice or any flavored, calorie-free beverage (keep the office fridge stocked). Lollipops and sugar-free gum are also good flavor providers, and they’ll occupy your mouth while you determine if your appetite is caused by hunger or something else (stress, boredom, inability to resist glazed donuts, etc.) Sometimes all you need is a flavor fix to fight your midday munchies.