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Old 01-24-08, 01:53 PM   #1
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Too much sweet crap to eat in the office

How many people have this problem? Seems that everywhere I work, there are constantly cakes, donuts, cookies, pies, etc. To make matters worse, I have 2 offices so I get a double dose of monthly birthday celebrations, parties, and the like.

People know that I don't care for sweets, but there is still considerable pressure to eat this stuff. People figure I'll burn off anything when riding and they know I eat snacks and drink ensure-type drinks during the day specifically to add calories to my diet.

I get the idea that everyone else feels guilty about eating office treats when I'm around unless I also eat them. If I politely thank people for an invitation to take part and eat nothing, I can expect to keep being invited to eat something until I give up and grab something.

Is there a way to turn people down without looking like a jerk? I like to eat a lot, but I get sugar high followed by a crash when I eat this crap and don't feel so good if I have more than a little bit. It boggles me that so many people seem to regard eating this sugary garbage as some sort of treat.
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Old 01-24-08, 02:05 PM   #2
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I already had a couple thanks!
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How many people have this problem? Seems that everywhere I work, there are constantly cakes, donuts, cookies, pies, etc. To make matters worse, I have 2 offices so I get a double dose of monthly birthday celebrations, parties, and the like.

People know that I don't care for sweets, but there is still considerable pressure to eat this stuff. People figure I'll burn off anything when riding and they know I eat snacks and drink ensure-type drinks during the day specifically to add calories to my diet.

I get the idea that everyone else feels guilty about eating office treats when I'm around unless I also eat them. If I politely thank people for an invitation to take part and eat nothing, I can expect to keep being invited to eat something until I give up and grab something.

Is there a way to turn people down without looking like a jerk? I like to eat a lot, but I get sugar high followed by a crash when I eat this crap and don't feel so good if I have more than a little bit. It boggles me that so many people seem to regard eating this sugary garbage as some sort of treat.

Keep some sugar free jello, individual servings in the fridge at your office. They only have 10 calories per container. You can eat one of those while the other people eat their junkfood. You wont feel bad about it and you can still participate in the party atmosphere with them.
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Old 01-24-08, 02:11 PM   #4
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I know what you're saying banerjek. Yesterday people kept trying to get me to eat a piece of this damn cake that was around the office. I told them I didn't want any, but they just kept asking me if I was going to eat it. Finally I went over and stuck my finger in the middle of a piece, licked the little bit of icing off my finger, and told them that I was all finished. That piece of caking is still sitting over there with a hole in the middle of it, and nobody has asked me if I wanted another piece.........yet.

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several women and even a few men in my office maintain well-stocked candy bowls full of cheap candy (hershey's kisses, mini reeses, etc.). I'm a sucker for sweets, but I'm cutting back because my cholesterol's a bit elevated (the stuff is made with totally bad fats). I'm bringing nuts and fruit with me to work instead, as I tend to have an appetite in the late afternoon. Plus, I'd rather save my sweet tooth for some good chocolate.
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I know what you're saying banerjek. Yesterday people kept trying to get me to eat a piece of this damn cake that was around the office.
Yesterday was apparently "National Pie Day". Participation in my office was very high. There were rhubarb, marionberry, strawberry, apple, pecan, pumpkin, banana cream, lemon, and a bunch of other pies containing chocolate, fruits, and nuts.

At least 80% of the offerings were homemade, so if you're a pie person, this would have been the place to be. I'm into baked goods or any kind of "comfort food" even if it is well made. Raw veggies would be much better.
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You know the worst place I ever worked (worst for candy and treats, etc) was BlueCross BlueShield (health ins co.).

THere were more obese people working there - I mean - they had a hard time walking. And every desk had at least one (some had three) jars of candy. And at least twice a week - there was a huge ice cream cake in the afternoon for some reason (big company so there was always a birthday) - or there was two events in the day - then there was a few sheets of breakfast pizza rolled in. I mean it was so abundant you actually got sick of it.

And boy was there an AWESOME cafeteria there - where my office was just on the inside of the door - right around the corner from the cafeteria - THursday was bacon day in the afternoon where they would precook alot of it for the upcoming events/week.

I gained a solid 10 lbs when I worked there!!

But oh the candy!!
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Hey, I got them to stop bugging me.
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You know the worst place I ever worked (worst for candy and treats, etc) was BlueCross BlueShield (health ins co.).

THere were more obese people working there - I mean - they had a hard time walking. And every desk had at least one (some had three) jars of candy. And at least twice a week - there was a huge ice cream cake in the afternoon for some reason (big company so there was always a birthday) - or there was two events in the day - then there was a few sheets of breakfast pizza rolled in. I mean it was so abundant you actually got sick of it.
You should work for the government. At my last gig, they had stuff literally every day. People think you can eat anything if you commute 18 miles each way, but that is true only to a point. I might add that the percentage of people in these offices that are overweight and diabetic seems much higher than the population at large.
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Say you are high risk for diabetes? Then there is the usual "I just had some", "Don't want to spoil the appetite", "I am full", "I am on atkins diet".
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How many people have this problem? Seems that everywhere I work, there are constantly cakes, donuts, cookies, pies, etc. To make matters worse, I have 2 offices so I get a double dose of monthly birthday celebrations, parties, and the like.

People know that I don't care for sweets, but there is still considerable pressure to eat this stuff. People figure I'll burn off anything when riding and they know I eat snacks and drink ensure-type drinks during the day specifically to add calories to my diet.

I get the idea that everyone else feels guilty about eating office treats when I'm around unless I also eat them. If I politely thank people for an invitation to take part and eat nothing, I can expect to keep being invited to eat something until I give up and grab something.

Is there a way to turn people down without looking like a jerk? I like to eat a lot, but I get sugar high followed by a crash when I eat this crap and don't feel so good if I have more than a little bit. It boggles me that so many people seem to regard eating this sugary garbage as some sort of treat.
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Old 01-24-08, 04:43 PM   #12
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Say you are high risk for diabetes? Then there is the usual "I just had some", "Don't want to spoil the appetite", "I am full", "I am on atkins diet".
Not to my knowledge. The other excuses wouldn't be credible coming from me. I have a reputation for eating quite a bit and it is known that I am actually trying to gain weight. However, I don't like to eat junk -- it makes me feel sick.

The people offering this stuff mean well, but they just don't get it. It is the food equivalent of everyone knowing you like bike schwag, and then showering you with wheels, pedals, and bells bought at Wal Mart....
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Just tell them your family has a history of severe heart disease and your doctor said you need to exercise and avoid ALL fatty foods.
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I bring apples to work. This time of year is great, Honeycrisp and Pacific Rose are in the stores. The staff here is used to me showing up in the kitchen with apple and handy dandy slicer gizmo in hand. I do resist the temptation to drown them in caramel dipping sauce.. most of the time.

It used to be a lot worse in the old building. Every few cubes there were bowls with chocolate. Our webmaster still has a glass jar filled with caramels.
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It sounds as if you really do not care for the sweets. I try to avoid them, but if they are around I will nibble, nibble, nibble. Can you thank those who offer the sweets and tell them you would like to take it home and enjoy it there? Then you freeze it for much later, or you give it to someone else, or you discard it after getting home. I find I can avoid sweets better if I eat something with a little protein in it. Other than that, I am grateful I do not work where some of you do and have to face candy jars day in and day out.
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