Several times a month, we get these desperate emails at work.  The subject says it all.  Whether it’s leftover pastries from a morning meeting, cooked hot dogs from a lunch program, or something else, we’re constantly assaulted with appeals to come eat.

Food Email

Email to everyone stating, “Chamber Breakfast is over, leftovers are in the kitchen. Enjoy!”

15 emails advertising food on campus

15 emails advertising food on campus

So many of our not-so-pleasant activities on campus use a free meal as motivators.  Not only for students, but also for faculty and staff.  My college has a yearly please-and-thank-you dinner which entails bringing the employees together to feed them chicken and policies.  Other gatherings on campus that include food are more pleasant, such as our recent holiday gathering.

Some of these can be avoided — I immediately dismiss the “FOOD!” emails.  When I’m forced to attend a please-and-thank-you dinner, I bring my own food.  At celebration times, I attend for the celebration but leave the food alone.  If I know what’s on the menu, I will plan the food into my own meal plan.  For example, I’ll skip my morning fruit at home and eat a piece of pineapple at the gathering.

I’m so fortunate to be able to identify and deflect most of these situations.  Having visited with some of you, I hear that this is more difficult for some than others.  What I’d like to hear is how you handle situations where food is either made available or presented to you at work.


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6 thoughts on “FOOD!

  1. Neville Sarkari says:

    Food like this, at work, is one of the hardest situations for me. Especially long meetings where there is food provided. Very tough.

  2. We have the occasional potluck at my school, and I make sure that I bring a dish I can eat (to cover vegetarianism/needing lowfat food/not wanting to regain weight). If it’s a long work meeting where lunch will be provided (eg at the school board office), I make sure I take a small portion of what’s on offer, and if I can’t eat the food, then I run out and quickly grab something light, like sushi rolls. For meetings after school where baked goods are provided, I make sure I snack on fruit if I’m hungry prior to the meeting, and drink a 16oz bottle of water while I’m there.

    If one is in a work environment where not-so-great choices are around a lot, it takes some time to learn to resist the temptation and plan to not self-sabotage, but for years now, I haven’t been nearly so tempted. When I was first teaching (14 years ago – wow), I’d gain around 10lbs a year, to lose it again over summer through plenty of hard work, and I’m pretty sure it was due to the snacky treats brought in to school!

  3. Elena E. Lovelace says:

    I Am Okay If There Is Not A Lot Of Chocolate. If There Is A Lot, I Always Have Fruits And Veggies At My Desk So I Am Not So Tempted.

  4. sassyred79 says:

    One of the docs brought in a cake yesterday for everyone (his wife had made it). So then came the inevitable email telling everyone that it was in the lunch room. I normally go to the lunch room throughout the day to refill my water bottle as that’s where the water cooler is. I made a point to stay out of there yesterday. Cake is my weakness and I knew better than even go near.

  5. On an unrelated note – How is Google Apps working for your school? Are you all-in using Google Docs too or just email/calendering?

    • That’s my personal google account. My college is still in the dark ages using Outlook and no online collaborative tools to speak of for faculty. I’m a Google Certified Teacher as well as a Google Certified Trainer. I couldn’t live without the tools! I do all of my email, calendaring, meal planning, and a lot of my presentations using Google Apps.

      Do you have a particular question or need? I provide training and support for institutions implementing or planning to implement Google Applications for Education.

      Hit this link for my Google Trainer profile

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