I've been working from home for the last six months and had this constant urge to eat treats I find anywhere around the house. My two daughters find it humorous, but it has rarely made me feel good. Kindly, what can I do to stop?

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I’ve had to stop buying snacks almost entirely. I still get treats occasionally, but having to physically go buy them when I want them takes away a lot of the temptation! I stopped meal prepping early on in quarantine, and I have started doing that again. When I’m full I’m not as tempted to snack.

This is a tough battle - I empathize with you!


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Remove or reduce the source of temptation, for sure. Some examples:

- If you need snacks for your kids, buy them snacks that they like but you don’t.

- Make it extremely difficult to get to the snacks (like put them in a locked box on a high shelf in the back of the closet). I sometimes have poor impulse control, so I find that physical obstacles between myself and my source of dopamine give me the time to stop and ask myself if I really want to be doing what I’m about to do.

- Whenever you get the urge to have a treat, make yourself do something else first. Like drink a whole glass of ice water or take a walk around the block.

- Limit yourself to treats that are portion controlled. Example: I love Takis. Rather than buy a big bag, we buy a set of “snack packs.” I find that if I let myself give in to a small, predetermined portion of my Takis, I can stop myself after one.

- Also, don’t say, “I’m never going to have any treats again.” It’ll just make you want them more, kind of like dieting is less permanent or effective than slowly adjusting your lifestyle. Make it something like, “I can have ice cream, but only on Saturdays,” so it’s a treat you look forward to rather than an urge you give into.


This is a big problem for me because my kid is coping by baking delicious treats constantly, and we can't take them to social gatherings or friends' homes anymore! I have started packing them away in the freezer in single serving bags. If I have to thaw first, and there's no "eat it before it goes bad" excuse, I think twice and really make a more conscious decision. Also I can tell myself "not now, I'll have one later" rather than "NO" which is easier. My new rule is I save it for after a workout. Good luck!


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