Two posts in fairly quick succession? There must be something the matter with me!
Actually an incident at work a few days ago prompted me to get your opinion on something. On Tuesday we had a bit of a buffet at lunch to celebrate some recent successes and say goodbye to a couple of people who are moving on. Our boss made some lovely quiches and brownies, one of my colleagues brought some homemade samosas, and the rest of us brought in various nibbles, cakes and biscuits. We all tucked in, except one person who said he was on a diet and wanted to eat the ham sandwich he had brought from home. There were some healthy options like hummus, crispbreads and cold meats, but fair enough.
Of course, there was far too much for us to eat, so we’ve ended up with quite a large pile of cakes on our desks. I’m ok with sweet stuff around the office and I just tend to leave it alone. However, the guy on the diet didn’t want it in his eye-line and kept moving it onto the desk of another colleague, who kept moving it back. Eventually the cakes ended up in a cupboard on the other side of the room and this childish behaviour turned into a full-blown argument. I just kept my eyes on the computer screen (I hate conflict remember).
I can sympathise with the person on a diet – it can be hard when there’s temptation in front of you, but by placing it on the other desk, and finally into the cupboard it wasn’t accessible to other people. It seemed to me like he was making a bigger deal out of it than necessary and it wasn’t how I would have acted. I try not to get in that ‘dieting’ mindset where I can’t have any tempting foods around me, instead I try to make healthy decisions about what I eat, although sometimes I slip up and eat my weight in old fashioned sweets (see yesterday’s post …) I have to add that this guy is by no means fat, although he’s probably ok losing a few pounds if he wants to.
A more general observation about the office is how many cakes, biscuits, sweets and chocolate are around, practically on every bank of desks. There are also a lot of quite overweight people and dieting/weight loss seems a common topic of conversation. When I first started working there I was tempted, but now I’m not bothered at all and never dip into the biscuit tin. The only exception is homemade cake which is just too good to refuse.
If you’re trying to lose or maintain weight are you bothered about having tempting foods around?
Are there lots of sweet treats around your workplace and can you find healthy alternatives?
I make sure that I have healthy snacks from home so that I don’t get hungry. If I am caught out I buy some crisps from the shop at work. It’s not ideal, but better than chocolate.