Weight Loss Support - Having to Smell My Coworker's Lunch...




Lakilaulea
11-01-2012, 12:11 PM
I work in a cubicle setting and am surrounding by people who keep bringing in all this evil smelling food. My nose is being assaulted in all directions by fried chicken, curry, lasagna... And that's not counting the people who buy lunch from our cafeteria downstairs... Pizza, burgers, hotwings... Today my coworker brought in some fried chicken his wife made. He's a really portly dude, so I know his wife can cook, and that chicken smells FREAKING DELICIOUS. I don't even eat chicken, and it's all I can think about to walk up to him, punch him in the face, and steal his lunch! I'm sitting here eating my baggie of raw peppers and cheese.... Totally not the same.

I know I'll feel better about this in the long run. I know that I can control all my thoughts of assaulting these people and snatching their meals off their desks like a mad woman. But still.

That chicken smells so good.

Just thought I'd share a small struggle I face at work everyday :ink:


dragonstar85
11-01-2012, 12:17 PM
I don't even eat chicken, and it's all I can think about to walk up to him, punch him in the face, and still his lunch!

I feel ya. I really really do! I'm a cashier and where I work they make fried chicken and people buy it non stop. I get to watch it come down the belt, grab it, scan it, bag it up, all the while smelling it. Sometimes they put me right next to the thing that holds all the containers of fried chicken!. It's cruel. Every time one comes through my lane and I grab it to scan I want to run with it. The kicker I'm a vegetarian! I haven't had fried chicken in 7-8 years!

nomorejellybeans
11-01-2012, 12:22 PM
Maybe you could burn a candle?? If not, spray some air freshener (pine or something) to kill the smell???


1spunkygal
11-01-2012, 12:42 PM
Maybe you could burn a candle?? If not, spray some air freshener (pine or something) to kill the smell???


how bout spray the freshner on the chicken...LOL ! (ok j/k) I have a sick sense of humor. I would want it too I LOVE fried chicken :)

Thedollylala
11-01-2012, 12:50 PM
I go thru that daily here at the salon, like there's a girl sitting across from me right now eating sonnys BBQ and garlic toast and yeah it smells good

Lakilaulea
11-01-2012, 01:17 PM
The kicker I'm a vegetarian! I haven't had fried chicken in 7-8 years!

LOL I am too!! I haven't had chicken or red meat since I was 9 years old! I know I don't like the taste of it; that's why I stopped eating it. But it smells soooo good!! And don't even get me started on the smell of bacon.... LOL

nomorejellybeans - I wish. Unfortunately, I work in a building with people who have very "sensitive" noses and an email was sent out by HR prohibiting the use of air fresheners and strong perfume. And candles aren't allowed at all. Lucky for me, this is a pretty beefy dude and he can inhale a whole quarter chicken in record time. I've been really good about giving in to temptation, but it's just that initial smell that rattles me everytime.

Lakilaulea
11-01-2012, 01:20 PM
how bout spray the freshner on the chicken...LOL ! (ok j/k) I have a sick sense of humor. I would want it too I LOVE fried chicken :)

LOL I'd love to, but this guy easily weighs 390 and would CLAW MY FACE OFF if I touched his food!

KateB
11-01-2012, 01:28 PM
Thankfully the smell of anything fried now turns my stomach!

The smell of garlic however...I start having food fantasies of pasta and garlic cheese bread! The good thing about that is....I can gohome that night and make something for supper with garlic, skip the pasta and be satisfied.

We have "grill day" every Friday at work. The employee fund buys meat to grill then a few pople bring something to pass. If we have chicken breasts or pork chops I will have some meat, when it is my turn to bring something I usually bring a veggie tray, fresh fruit, or a large garden salad. But some days it is awfully tough watching the guys eating their second helping of dessert.

pluckypear
11-01-2012, 02:01 PM
People have a right to eat what they like and it sounds as though eating in your cubicle is an acceptable part of your work culture, you do it too. Someone may be upset by the scent of your red peppers. :)

Try taking a walk at lunch time. Hopefully eating at the cubicle is just what is done but not what is required. So if you do not have to work through your lunch time why stay at the cubicle? Go eat your lunch somewhere else.

And it is a great thing your work does not allow perfumes and air freshners,, now those smell nasty. You could bring some 100% natural essential oils, the ones you can hold up to your nose and sniff. They even have ones that are supposed to cut cravings of different things. You only smell it up close and then put the lid back on.

Positive vibes to all those who are overweight like your 'portly' work mate eating the chicken and us too of course. That is why we are all here to be sensitive and supportive. Right? So best of luck.

Lakilaulea
11-01-2012, 02:14 PM
People have a right to eat what they like and it sounds as though eating in your cubicle is an acceptable part of your work culture, you do it too. Someone may be upset by the scent of your red peppers. :)

Try taking a walk at lunch time. Hopefully eating at the cubicle is just what is done but not what is required. So if you do not have to work through your lunch time why stay at the cubicle? Go eat your lunch somewhere else.

And it is a great thing your work does not allow perfumes and air freshners,, now those smell nasty. You could bring some 100% natural essential oils, the ones you can hold up to your nose and sniff. They even have ones that are supposed to cut cravings of different things. You only smell it up close and then put the lid back on.

Positive vibes to all those who are overweight like your 'portly' work mate eating the chicken and us too of course. That is why we are all here to be sensitive and supportive. Right? So best of luck.

You must've mistaken the tone of my OP. I'm not offended at all by the smells of the food in my office. It's the opposite, actually. Sometimes I'll walk down the aisle and let all the different scents waft toward me so I can have at least some of the experience of the awesome food they bring in. I was just saying that it's sometimes unbearingly too tempting. And as for leaving for lunch, sadly, I don't have that option. I could, if I want to make up those hours, and as I have requirements after work, I can't stay here longer than 9 hours a day as is. As for this coworker in particular.. I stand by my comments about him. He's been particularly rude to me since I started working here and has compared my body size to that of his petite wife. So me calling him a few names doesn't make me feel bad at all. I don't take kindly to men who like to call out my size while they are larger and unhealthier than me, than tell me "they're ok because they're men." My post was an attempt to make light of the fact that although I'm eating healthy rabbit food and everyone here is enjoying all the stuff old me would be digging into in a heartbeat, I'm fine with it. :)

pluckypear
11-01-2012, 02:34 PM
I wasn't mistaken but best of luck anyway. :)

mnemosyne
11-01-2012, 02:53 PM
I have a window now. Which overlooks an alley and a parking garage. Where a wings / chicken / fry everything places vents their smoke. Oh, the smell. Technically, it's not good. Sometimes, though. It just hits.

I DO think that the idea of having your own private nosegay to help you through the cravings is a brilliant idea, pulled out of history. I mean, deodorant wasn't invented until this century, and uhm, historically people bathed much less than we do today. And became used to their own funk, even if they were perhaps sensitive to the funk of others about them. So, nosegay.

Take a few cloves, some cinnamon sticks, a nice round nutmeg. Star anise, maybe, anything else you fancy that is durable. Nothing much. Keep it the size of a Tootsie roll pop, the whole package. Tie them up in a pretty square of cotton and stash them in your desk. If the delicious food smell becomes too invasive, pull it out and take a sniff.

Though, try to be discrete about it. You don’t want to get challenged to a duel. :boxing:

Lakilaulea
11-01-2012, 03:03 PM
Take a few cloves, some cinnamon sticks, a nice round nutmeg. Star anise, maybe, anything else you fancy that is durable. Nothing much. Keep it the size of a Tootsie roll pop, the whole package. Tie them up in a pretty square of cotton and stash them in your desk. If the delicious food smell becomes too invasive, pull it out and take a sniff.

Ooooh, cinnamon sticks? I'd be chewing on those in no time!

healthyangie
11-01-2012, 03:12 PM
Oh yes - I think so many of us deal with this type of horrible, cruel joke! Smelling that amazing homemade creamed beef, pasta, etc. Plus they always bring in the donuts and cookies and the such ...

So I hatched my own plan! I have a small jar of fresh chopped garlic and a small jar of fresh basil that I carry in my lunch. When I'm smelling something that's making me wild and agressive, I open one of those jars! And if I have to eat while they're open, I pull out that bag of veggies.

No, it's not the same - but it does help!

I love the cinnamon stick and will be stealing that one!!

Good luck!

greenlillybeth
11-01-2012, 03:30 PM
Uuuhhhh I totally dealt with this today. For the first time since starting the ip diet I WANTED food. I was sitting at my desk and was suddenly overwhelmed w the smell of pappa johns pizza and not just any pizza but the veggie lovers. Oh my gosh I could smell those cooked onions (one of my favorites that happen to be off limits to me during phase one of ip). So sad that I couldn't eat that pizza at that moment. It was strange having a food craving again. I haven't dealt with it since I started this diet. It kind of scared me. So far the diet has been so easy, no cravings, constant weight loss. The pizza smell was like a smack I'm the face that; hello! This may not always be easy to stick to and there is a long road ahead.

Missy Krissy
11-01-2012, 03:31 PM
Perhaps chewing some gum would help to eliminate the yummy smells too. Sniffing "nosegay" (lol) wouldn't cut it for me.

greenlillybeth
11-01-2012, 03:42 PM
Will we ever be allowed to eat fun junky foods again? I know I have to change my mind set 'its a way of life' but holy cow man to have a slice of pizza again one day.........

kelleyb
11-01-2012, 06:09 PM
Just this evening my daughter and her boyfriend made homemade popcorn!! It was so hard to be around and not eat. I felt that I had eaten enough for the day and did not need a snack at 10:30pm. So I skipped it, but it was hard! I feel your pain.

Arctic Mama
11-01-2012, 08:11 PM
When I'm places where the smell is incredible, my best coping strategy is to bring my own amazing, on plan food.

Today I was eating the packed lunch I brought along for myself after swimming (and before piano lesson) at my MIL's home. My kids had PB&J (which I love), apples, and some cooked veggies. My MIL has tons of fruit and nuts in the house for snacks, and it is highly tempting, as is the kids' food. But none of it was on my plan.

So my goal was to pack something SO yum that I was satisfied and physically too full to contemplate adding in off-plan food, anyway. My packed lunch was a great salad and a Parmesan chicken leg, along with a mozzarella stick from her fridge and some green tea. The salad was rich and delicious, as was the chicken, and by the time was said and done I stayed right on plan and wasn't nearly as tempted by the food I knew was there (and the stuff I could smell from the kids!) as I would have been if I had a lunch I wasn't satisfied with.

Could you maybe pack an aromatic, flavorful lunch from home to reheat, instead of just raw veggies? Even a bowl of miso broth (YUM!) might hit that warm/satiated spot that was loving the smell of everyone's else's food, and take the edge off a bit? Just an idea :)

Lakilaulea
11-01-2012, 08:16 PM
greenlillybeth - Several months ago I tried this medically monitored diet my Dr. put me on. It was a nightmare. It was nothing but chalky chocolate "shakes," gross diet bars, and crackers. I lasted one week. I remember on day 3 or 4 one of my coworkers came up and started talking to me and I could smell McDonald's cheeseburger on his breath. I don't even eat meat, I've NEVER liked McDonald's, but when I got a whiff of his breath I had this sudden urge to eat his face. (Is it weird I get all animalistic when I'm hungry?) I knew that diet wouldn't work when that happened. Papa John's is far from my favorite pizza, but their spinach pizza is to die for!

Missy Krissy - I'm weird in that I can't chew gum. Someone told me it was probably that I swallowed too much air while chewing gum, but everytime I do I get nauseous. So when I tried to quit smoking, I couldn't get the gum, I had to get the patch. That's another story... LOL

greenlillybeth - I won't say I'll never indulge in junkfood again because that's just impossible. I just have to be smarter and do it a lot less than I used to. Right now, I'm so early into this that I don't trust myself around it at all. Once I get closer to goal, I might be able to loosen the reins a little. But it's a real slippery slope for me and it doesn't take much for me to completely lose it at a fast food joint.

VermontMom
11-01-2012, 09:06 PM
Oh, I can sympathize! The fragrance of all kinds of food can stimulate your hunger even if you didn't think you were hungry. I work at a deli/bakery during the winter and every day I walk in the store, my nose is hit by the deli smells first (onions!) then the baking pastries and dayum my stomach starts growling immediately.

I agree that you must somehow satisfy yourself with your own food; make it as appealing and tasty and filling as you can. Think of what you're working for and what you've accomplished already! :dust:

VermontMom
11-01-2012, 09:10 PM
- I remember on day 3 or 4 one of my coworkers came up and started talking to me and I could smell McDonald's cheeseburger on his breath. I don't even eat meat, I've NEVER liked McDonald's, but when I got a whiff of his breath I had this sudden urge to eat his face.

:rofl: I just caught this :devil:

KittyKatFan
11-01-2012, 09:59 PM
This week, the cafeteria has been making BBQ for lunch all week. The smell of the sauce is everywhere.

Normally I can't stand to smell other people's food (strange huh) but this BBQ smells SOOO good.

Lakilaulea
11-02-2012, 07:55 AM
Arctic Mama - That sounds good!! I can't even smell your food and I want it! I know I should do better with bringing in better lunches. It seems like I'm constantly running late and I always end up just tossing in some raw fruit and veggies in my lunch bag. I think I'll do some real grocery shopping this weekend and have everything cooked and in containers for next week.

You know, you guys, I know I sometimes get irrational in the moment when I smell someone's great food... Or see commercials for Olive Garden.... Or pass the deli section in the supermarket... Or pretty much get exposed in any way to anything garlicky/cheesy/flame broiled.... But it always goes away when I step on my scale. This morning I was at my lowest weight yet!! That makes eating my veggies and skipping buffalo wings so worth it! :carrot:

Misti in Seattle
11-02-2012, 08:18 AM
LOL I am too!! I haven't had chicken or red meat since I was 9 years old! I know I don't like the taste of it; that's why I stopped eating it. But it smells soooo good!! And don't even get me started on the smell of bacon.... LOL

nomorejellybeans - I wish. Unfortunately, I work in a building with people who have very "sensitive" noses and an email was sent out by HR prohibiting the use of air fresheners and strong perfume. And candles aren't allowed at all. Lucky for me, this is a pretty beefy dude and he can inhale a whole quarter chicken in record time. I've been really good about giving in to temptation, but it's just that initial smell that rattles me everytime.

Oh I am soooooo glad you said this! As someone with severe allergies to perfume I was thinking "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, don't spray stinky stuff." :)

I do know what you mean, though, as I face the food smells in my office too. But I can cope with those; what I HATE are the nasty smelling fish dishes that people put into the microwave and almost make me sick to smell it. Fortunately most of them keep it in the lunchroom and there are three microwaves so usually I can get one of them that does not stink like the stuff they have just cooked in it. :)

Also... I eat yummy, healthful lunches myself so the smell of their good stuff does not bother me as much. Just remind myself that MINE are, for the most part, FAR more healthful than is that stuff they are chowing down on.

Misti in Seattle
11-02-2012, 08:24 AM
You must've mistaken the tone of my OP. I'm not offended at all by the smells of the food in my office. It's the opposite, actually. Sometimes I'll walk down the aisle and let all the different scents waft toward me so I can have at least some of the experience of the awesome food they bring in. I was just saying that it's sometimes unbearingly too tempting. And as for leaving for lunch, sadly, I don't have that option. I could, if I want to make up those hours, and as I have requirements after work, I can't stay here longer than 9 hours a day as is. As for this coworker in particular.. I stand by my comments about him. He's been particularly rude to me since I started working here and has compared my body size to that of his petite wife. So me calling him a few names doesn't make me feel bad at all. I don't take kindly to men who like to call out my size while they are larger and unhealthier than me, than tell me "they're ok because they're men." My post was an attempt to make light of the fact that although I'm eating healthy rabbit food and everyone here is enjoying all the stuff old me would be digging into in a heartbeat, I'm fine with it. :)

And if you want to go that route... it is illegal for him to be making those kinds of remarks to you. Still... I think it goes on in a lot of places still. You might want to remind him that is considered harrassment and is highly against the law.

XLMuffnTop
11-02-2012, 11:10 AM
Honestly, your lunch wouldn't satisfy me in the least and I'd be not happy with myself smelling all the other stuff.

I try to bring soups or homemade dishes to warm up. If I didn't care about offended others with my stinky lunch, I'd totally bring pork and veggies in homemade curry sauce over steamed cabbage. Yummy yummy! But I don't want to smell it all day either. LOL.

Depending on your plan, I'd try to find a way to find foods that may satisfy you more in combination with mild aromatics (essential oils/spices) like others have said to keep around your desk.

^^ And as the previous poster stated, comments on your weight ARE inappropriate. If this happened to me I'd probably inform him it was rude and likely illegal and to keep such thoughts to himself in the future.

kelleyb
11-02-2012, 08:29 PM
I think you need to pack warm lunches that taste and smell better (to you!) so you will feel satisfied. I wouldn't do well on the cold veggies.

Arctic Mama
11-02-2012, 08:52 PM
I had my salad from my last post along with some freshly grilled beef fajita (sans the tortillas and extras, just the beef, onion, and peppers with seasoning) for lunch. I guarantee I wouldn't have smelled greasy chicken over that! I do benefit from being at home all day and having a stove, but it would have nuked up just fine, too.

Just another thought - even simple seasonings like cumin, garlic, and salt, in hummus or on eggplant or sautéed with veggies and coconut oil.... That will pleasantly overwhelm most other food and is SO satisfying! You don't even have to be a carnivore like me to benefit from rich seasonings :)