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Tracy Frank, Published October 03 2013

5 tips for avoiding office treats

FARGO – Trying to eat a healthy diet can be difficult when you have a weakness for sweets, like I do, and delicious treats like donuts, cupcakes and candy bars keep appearing at work.

I often indulge, but when I am able to resist, here are some tips that help me avoid the temptation of office treats.

BRING YOUR OWN SNACKS

It’s harder to resist junk food when you’re hungry, so make sure to pack a few healthy snacks for throughout the day.

A homemade trail mix of nuts, dried fruit, yogurt chips and a few dark chocolate chips can help quell cravings for sweets.

And if salty snacks are your weakness, try eating sunflower seeds, air popped popcorn, or veggies and hummus.

COUNT THE CALORIES

Sometimes a little math can be enough to turn that sweet treat sour.

Count up the calories and figure out how far you’d have to run or walk to burn off that donut.

A simple, glazed donut can have almost 200 calories in it, according to myfitnesspal.com. You’d have to walk for an hour to burn it off, according to livestrong.com.

TAKE A WALK

Instead of walking to burn off the donut, take a walk to avoid eating it. Go for a short walk to get your blood flowing, distract yourself and remind yourself why you don’t want those empty calories. And hopefully it will all be gone by the time you get back.

DRINK A GLASS OF WATER OR BRUSH YOUR TEETH

Often when we think we’re hungry, we’re really just thirsty, so drink a glass of water. And if that doesn’t cut it, brush your teeth. It’s easier to avoid sugary snacks when your mouth is minty fresh.

BUDDY UP

Find an office friend to help encourage you when your willpower is waning. Sometimes it’s easier to just say no when you have someone else to be accountable to.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526