You all know what I'm talking about. Particularly, I assume, if your workplace is a tad female-heavy like mine is (not that I'm complaining of course).
Birthdays, going-aways, engagements, brainstorms, fundraisers, morning teas, afternoon teas, good news celebrations, slightly-longer-than-average meetings, because it's Fridays, because I'm tired, does there have to be a reason for cake.....
Where there is the will, there is a way to find a sweet treat occasion at the office any time, any day and for any reason.
So what do you do if you're trying to be healthy or heaven forbid lose weight? How do you resist the temptation without causing offense, risking ridicule or being labelled the office health nut (pardon the pun)?
Quite seriously, these are necessary considerations when planning not to participate in this frenzied eating ritual. There is genuine risk of being ostracised forever.
Tips for not over-indulging without being ostracised forever:
If all this fails, maybe keep it simple and tell your workmates the truth: overeating (particularly on foods high in salt and saturated fats including chips, cakes and biscuits) can cause weight gain and obesity which can lead to cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Maybe play around with the wording first...
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