It’s time for your morning staff meeting, and as always, the dreaded box of donuts is sitting right in front of you shouting: Frosting! Sprinkles! Jelly filling! Well, don’t despair. Here’s how to stop the mindless munching, courtesy of Fitness magazine.
- Those tempting conference-table donuts. Before you get covered in powdered sugar, ask yourself: Are you actually hungry – or just “not full.” In other words, if you’ve already eaten breakfast, you don’t need that chocolate cruller. Of course, if you skipped breakfast, you’ll need a few calories to boost your brainpower during the meeting. So, pop down to the corner Quick-E-Mart, and grab an apple or banana to munch on instead.
- Free samples at the market. The fix: Just say no! In fact, make it a rule that you can only eat when you’re sitting down. You’ll be more likely to skip the pizza roll or sausage sample if you have to wrap it in a napkin and eat it later – cold and covered with lint. It also helps eliminate the nibbling while you’re cooking, clearing the table, or visiting a street fair.
- Your kids didn’t finish their burgers – again. Don’t finish it for them! In the future, buy less or serve less. You can use your parental experience to determine the proper portion size. If they’ve never finished a burger on their own, have them split one. Then, toss the leftovers. Bottom line: You’re not saving money by eating what your kids don’t. You already paid for the food and it’ll be gone whether it gets eaten or tossed in the trash.
- The office birthday party. Don’t take a slice thinking you’ll only have a bite. Just say “No, thank you.” You don’t have to give a reason and abstaining doesn’t make you a party pooper. After all, you came to the party, didn’t you?
- How can you avoid picking at the tempting leftovers in your fridge? Remember: Out of sight, out of mind – so push them to the back behind the milk cartons and orange juice. Then stick some fruits and veggies front and center. That way, every time you open the fridge, you’ll be tempted by healthier, lower-calorie fare.