5 Easy Ways to Turn Down Sweets at Work

It’s that time of the year again when candy and sweets are pretty much everywhere you look, just begging for your attention.

It’s a nice gesture when someone at the office brings in their Halloween themed bucket loaded with chewy candies and mini chocolates. You taking one or two becomes you returning to the bucket multiple times a day. 

Make this year different than the ones before by having a plan in place, and by practicing the 5 easy ways to turn down sweets at work.

It’s normal to get caught up in the festivities at the office. it’s a fun part of the year where we come together to spend time with friends and loved ones. It’s also the time of year when you throw your hands up to your health and say, “the heck with it — I’ll start again in January.”

Or you indulge in the goodies and then guilt yourself for the decisions you made in the heat of the moment. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to do that anymore. Check out my 5 easy ways to turn down sweets at work this holiday season. Implement these tips and keep your sugar snacking at a low.


Stash something that will satisfy a crunch or chewy craving but isn’t high in sugar. Think, in-season apples with almond butter, cashews, or a nut and seed snack bar with 5 grams of sugar or less.


Go for a walk around the office, go outside for fresh air, put your legs up the wall. Do anything other than sitting at your desk for another minute. You’re not hungry; you’re just bored. Take a mental break; it’s what your body’s asking for in the moments you feel hungry/antsy/frustrated.


Sometimes when we have a craving, we’re just thirsty. How much water are you drinking each day? Fill up on water, and add fruit or lemon to your water to boost its flavor, and add vitamins.


When you eat the candy and treats, enjoy every bite. Use your senses to savor the taste. Eat it slowly and be present in the moment. If you’re enjoying it, you’ll only need a small amount. Don’t talk about how this is ruining your progress or the salad you had for lunch. Eat it, be proud, no regrets.


Don’t talk about how you’re going to start your diet come January, and then let that be a reason to stuff your face with reckless abandon. “Oh well, it’s the holidays,” aka f*ck it,’ doesn’t have to be your story anymore. It can be different. It’s as if putting your health on the shelf 😉 for later grants you an all-access pass to treat your body like a garbage disposal. You CAN change that.



Your health is a culmination of all the choices you make every day, food, mind, body, and spirit. You can always work on preventing disease. Try not to let other people (coworkers) decide for you or push you to eat something you don’t want to eat. 

I feel this “pressure” all the time, and I always go with my gut. Remember, it’s your body, and your coworkers don’t have to live in it.

Which one of these tips will you try? Share some of your suggestions in the comments.

Since I want you to live your life to the fullest, I made you a special Recipe. Make dark chocolate Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Cups in just minutes. Find the recipe here!

Hi, I'm Melissa

Hi, I'm Melissa

Holistic Health Coach

 I help women feel good about food and their bodies without the constant battle of dieting. Your body wants you to feel good and is your best health advocate. Let's hang out and discover how to be well without dieting ever again. Thanks for being here!