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Alternatives to snacking
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BrunoJenkinsProblem · 13/03/2017 09:16

I work at home and I've got into a very bad habit of snacking when I'm working, and then snacking yet more when I have a break. Nothing terrible, mainly nuts and things like bread sticks, but it all adds up and it's become almost like a crutch to help me get through my work.

Can anyone recommend any alternative strategies to get through my work without using food as a distraction/reward?

Thank you!!!Flowers

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BrieAndChilli · 13/03/2017 09:18

Can I jump on this thread, I also work from home and find the snacking is terrible. If I'm out the house, DH is home I am fine and can control myself but as soon as I'm home alone working I can't help just having a bit of this, 1 of these etc!

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SansaClegane · 13/03/2017 09:22

Try replacing snacks with liquids.
Either water (which admittedly is a bit dull; but then it also helps with drinking the recommended 2l a day) or hot drinks like green or herbal tea. It works for me - taking little sips here and there so it's still like something goes into the mouth!
It's very hard to get out of that habit though; for me snacking is very much linked to reading for some reason so I feel like I can't enjoy a book or the paper if I don't have something to nibble on!

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MissAgnesGrey · 13/03/2017 09:30

SansaClegane oh yes I'm with you on the reading and eating thing. I too love to read and nibble - and I read a lot! Just joined slimming world and need to get this under control or I'm wasting my time and my money so I'll be following this thread with interest

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SansaClegane · 13/03/2017 09:34

Agnes good to hear it's not just me who struggles with this! That's definitely the hardest for me. I think it's this 'reward' thinking; I'm reading a nice book so there must be nice snacks to go with it. So hard when your brain is wired like that. Cups of tea definitely help me with that though!

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PutThatPomBearBack · 13/03/2017 09:41

Drink tea (preferably green/ fruit tea)
Chewing gum/ mints
Suck a hard boiled sweet when you get the urge to snack

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MiddlingMum · 14/03/2017 09:54

Those Ricola Swiss Mountain sweets are good, only about 4 or 5 calories each.

A friend of mine used to swear by chewing an elastic band - although you'd have to be careful not to swallow it.

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namechange20050 · 14/03/2017 09:58

Fruit tea and only snack on fruit/veg. That works for me when I'm trying to watch my weight.

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user1482079332 · 14/03/2017 11:58

Flavoure Sparkling water is getting me through, fills me up and I get my sweet fix, became addicted to rubicon during pregnancy and it's helped me kick the habit

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delilahbucket · 14/03/2017 19:20

Herbal tea. I have two sweetener tablets in mine. I like the Pukka teas and Taylor's of Harrogate. Ultimately though, it helped me when we moved house and I now have to go down two flights of stairs to the kitchen. Before I worked in the lounge and it was too easy to just graze all day.

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