How to Cure Food Addiction and Overeating in the Office

It can be tough to avoid eating when stressed or upset. Emotional eating is a common habit among those who find themselves unable to really deal with stress. It can become a bad habit that can lead to weight gain and unhealthy eating. Use these tips to avoid developing an emotional or stress eating habit at work.

Don’t encourage this behaviour by providing the food

The first and most obvious way to break this habit is to avoid bringing unhealthy food to work. Though it can be helpful to have snacks at your desk, it can quickly lead to stress eating and bad nutritional habits at work. By avoiding bringing snacks or bringing healthier options, you can avoid stress eating all together--or at least control the things you eat.

Keep a strict eating schedule

Though the times you eat may depend on personal preference or your diet, you should keep meals and snacking to designated times during the day. This type of schedule can give you a specific goal to work for and helps you prevent overeating. If you find yourself hungry before lunch, try distracting yourself until it is meal time or snack time. 

The structure of a schedule also holds you accountable if you’re eating when you shouldn’t be. 

Avoid temptation from co-workers

Try to avoid temptation from co-workers, especially if they are eating in front of you. The easiest way to avoid this temptation is not to interact with co-workers when they’re eating. This will keep you from feeling the temptation to eat and it will also prevent co-workers from tempting you with sharing or snacks they have provided.

Eat a bigger breakfast or lunch

If you’re not eating your breakfast or skipping lunch, you’re far more likely to eat a lot more for snacks or for dinner. You should always eat at least one of the two meals, but ideally you should make time for both breakfast and lunch. If you eat bigger meals, or choose better dishes, you’ll feel fuller longer and will be less likely to snack or overeat later.

Stick to the attitude of quitting

If you’re serious about cutting a bad habit, the only way to do so is to be consistent and determined. If you slack off or cheat often, you’re a lot less likely to kick the habit. You have to keep the quitter’s attitude in order to fully kick the habit and prevent yourself from picking it up again later.

Ideally, you’re not eating when you’re stressed or upset. If you are, and you find that these steps don’t quell the urge over time, you may need to seek the help of a professional in order to work through the way you handle emotions and stress. Likewise, you may need to see a doctor if you feel like the urge to overeat or eat too often is a physical health issue.

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