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Eating out of boredom at work

Hello all. I just got a job as a receptionist at a call center. It is never busy because it is summer. I get extremely bored and turn to food to keep me occupied. It is so hard to stop myself from buying food at the vending machine. I was wondering if anyone had any tips for me on how to avoid binge eating at work?

Tue. Jul 31, 9:33am

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Don't have money handy for the vending machine...
Drink water...
Bring low calorie fruit and vegetable snacks...

Can you do something like Sudoku to keep your hands busy and your brain occupied? Read? Plan your exercise and/or menu for the week?

Boredom eating is tough, but anything you can do to distract yourself will help.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 9:42 AM

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you're at your job and there's nothing for you to do except eat junk from the vending machine? why not ask your supervisor for something to do? or bring a book about self-control and self-empowerment. you are the only one who can stop this habit, right? so ask yourself what advice you would give to someone else with the same issue. you may come up with a solution that you had not thought of before. for instance, you know the job requirements and if you need to stay in one place. you know the options in your work area as far as being able to walk around.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 10:16 AM

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I understand your problem! I used to do this too especially in the afternoon.
Try drinking lots of water. If you really feel the need to eat, try popping in some sugarless gum. And only have healthy snacks at your desk (nuts, dried fruit, fruit). Get up and walk around for a while then come back to your desk.
Are you eating enough for breakfast? If you have a decent breakfast, esp. with plenty of protein, that can help fight cravings later on in the day.
Good luck!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 10:20 AM

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I found that if I didn't have any cash, I couldn't use the vend-o-mat. Seriously. If you can avoid bringing cash with you to work, you'll get over this problem pretty quickly.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 5:48 PM

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The tip about chewing a piece of gum really does help. Are you allowed to surf the internet while you're at work? There are a few sites that can keep you occupied, like, or try playing some brain games on a site like Good luck!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 9:27 PM

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