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Dates are a good option, but I'd honestly eliminate the jar altogether and make yourself a cup of tea when you feel like munching.
Or if you must keep the jar, can you keep it in the office kitchen, somewhere out of reach? That way you at least have to get up to get it.
Edited by: KFWOHLFORD at: 7/10/2012 (12:47)
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202 7/10/12 3:45 A
I would not be to control myself either, having a jar that close to me, I would mindlessly reach for it. But, if you are still looking for suggestions, I would suggest a chocolate hard candy, I love those, they last a while because you have to suck on them, and some of them are VERY, VERY chocolatey...Like a Nips or a werthers original with chocolate. They even have nice mint chocolate candy, almost like a peppermint patty without all of the calories, they usually come in around 30 or 40 calories a candy and the reason I like them is they do last a while instead of just gone in a second or so. Good luck!!!
I wouldn't go for sweets; they're one of those "reinforcing" foods. Like you said, some days, you get started and can't stop. I tried espresso hard candies and ginger chews in my desk, thinking that they were lower-cal and strongly flavored, so I wouldn't eat many. Well, I probably consumed fewer calories than when I kept Dove chocolates at my desk, but it was still too much! I do keep pistachios or raw almonds in my desk and snack on those if I'm truly hungry while at work.
The problem with sweets on a daily basis is that it's a self-perpetuating cycle. The less you eat, the less you crave. If you do want a sweet, I think the idea of packing a certain portion of something like dark chocolate in your lunch is a good idea. That way, when it's gone, it's gone. Even with a Wal-Mart across the street from my office, and a vending machine on the lower floor, not having that stuff at my desk makes me about 100x less likely to eat it.
Count me as another vote for getting rid of the jar altogether. Having a candy jar just conditions you to use sweets to fight boredom. If you must have something like that, try filling it with little strips of paper with random jokes, or some sort of wrapped-up assorted toys, or maybe some of those plastic bubbles with toys made for the machines they have next to gumball machines. (Those are surprisingly inexpensive if you buy them wholesale on the internet or at a party supply store.) Or just put a picture of pretty scenery in the spot where they candy jar is now, as a reminder to get up and walk over to look out the window (or even go outside for a few minutes.)
The point is that you reach into that candy jar when you're bored, not when you're hungry. If hunger isn't the problem, food isn't the solution. Some little interesting thing to look at will do a better job of breaking the tedium, with the added bonus of zero calories.
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2 7/9/12 4:35 P
I found that eating craisins helped my sweet tooth. They have plain craisins, blueberry infused craisins and cherry infused craisins.
I completely understand! For me, a jar of anything at my desk would be an unintentional invitation to mindlessly nibble or to "stress eat." I try to bring a healthy lunch with enough snacks (carrots, almonds, fruit, 1 piece of dark chocolate, etc.) for the day. I also keep a box of green tea bags in my desk. A cup of tea in the afternoon helps me to fight off the munchies at work. As for the jar, if you are exercising or trying to start an exercise program, how about $1 for every day you workout or $.25 per mile run/walked? Seeing the jar fill up would be a great visual motivator and you could save up for a healthy, non-food reward - a manicure, a new workout outfit, a massage,... Just an idea - hope it helps. :)
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18 7/9/12 2:14 P
I could never keep candy that close to me! Haha, but I agree with trying to put healthy snacks in the jar as apposed to candy. Dried dates can come individually wrapped and are somewhat sweet if you have a sweet tooth. There are also dried fruit and yogurt 80 calorie packs that are yummy and sweet.
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1,244 7/9/12 1:44 P
I would just avoid using candy at all. I know there are some types of dried fruits that are individually wrapped. You could even use those tiny boxes of raisins. Other than that, I don't know. Maybe instead of the jar, you could just keep some fruit at your desk. However, if you really want to stick with the candy, dark chocolate would be better, as long as you could limit it to only one or two a day. For many people eating candy with a lot of sugar in it just boosts their appetites and makes them want other high sugar/high calorie foods.
I have a candy jar in my desk (not on so it isn't staring at me all day :) ) and I like something sweet once in a while during the day. I bought some mini assorted candies, but it just seemed like they were a trigger food for me. I just wanted to eat all of them at once. I restrained myself mostly on my good days, but on the derailed days - whew!
I have started tracking again and wanted to fill the jar with something better. I think a better chocolate, like a dark chocolate Dove or Ghirardelli would be better, but I was hoping for suggestions here, too I don't know how air tight the jar is, so I need something that is wrapped as opposed to trail mix.
And NO sugar free suggestions. I cannot eat foods that use sugar substitutes. There is something else added with them that gives me an asthma attack.
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