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CARRIENIGN SparkPoints: (99,790)
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10/13/13 11:30 P

Non-refrigerator/microwave stuff that I like to snack on are pistachios, fresh fruit, bagel thins with peanut butter and banana, protein bars, popcorn (already popped, of course) and in a real pinch a Slimfast or Kelloggs protein shake. They don't need refrigerated and can be a quick breakfast or something during the day for nutrition and a little fill. I'll give it to you, though--it's definitely hard thinking of stuff that doesn't require refrigeration! I can't believe they don't have anywhere to keep stuff. Also, maybe when it gets cold, you can keep some refrigerator type stuff in your car until lunch. :)

I will say this much, though. In my opinion, that's the BEST fast food to be stuck with! I always go with DD if I have to resort to fast food. Their breakfast wraps and egg white flatbread sandwiches are between 180-280 calories and a good balance of protein/carb/fat, especially considering it's fast food!

Good luck to you!

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10/13/13 4:25 A

Perhaps on one of your days off you can bulk-prepare a week's worth of lunches AND breakfasts. Some could be stored in the fridge, and others in the freezer so they aren't stale by the end of the week.

Fruit Smoothies with yoghurt and perhaps Almond Meal or wheat germ, is a good breakfast to have on the go. You can make a few serves up ahead of time.

Make some healthy breakfast muffins and freeze. Take one or two out and zap in the microwave while you are getting dressed. Morning Glory Muffins are good for that (with sultanas, grated carrot and apple, and sunflower seeds)

Sandwiches, so long as they haven't got veges on them are great. I sometimes bulk made things like Roast Lamb with a little grated tasty cheddar and some thick mint sauce, on wholegrain bread, or Roast Beef with a little Horseradish sauce on wholegrain. They freeze well, and can be taken out in the a.m. to thaw during the day, ready for lunch.

Make up some salads, just don't add the dressing. Put the dressings into little tiny snap-lock bags, ready to throw in your lunch box to be added at work.

Healthy home-made pizza - freezes well, and can thaw during the morning.

Put a little tub of yoghurt into the freezer - that will thaw during the day so will be safe to eat at lunch time.

Keep some little bags of nuts and dried fruits, for if and when needed.

Make up some little bags of crudites - add in some cherry tomatoes.

IF you are able to use a microwave, single-serve soups are great for the colder weather.

I often take food in a little cooler lunch bag, no bigger than a handbag. Some have pouches for wallets, etc.

Where it comes to sleep, really, with having to get up the hour you do, I would be inclined to go to bed a bit earlier. You will only end up burning yourself out if you don't!


MISSRUTH Posts: 4,267
10/13/13 3:17 A

I think the pp were responding to the things you said in your original post, about getting up at 5:30 for a job that starts at 6.... no breakfast, rush out the door. Not packing food and snacks to take with you. idk but going to bed at 10 - 11 may be too late, for a job that starts at 6. Perhaps just getting up a half hour earlier in the morning would help. You could eat a quick breakfast at home and have a little time to throw some food in a bag. And go to bed at 9 on work nights.

You got some good suggestions about packing food the night before (I carry my lunch and snacks every day to work-- while I'm cleaning up the kitchen after supper, I start packing up stuff for the next day). If you have no break area-- ask your manager / enlist his/her help for a place to sit, to eat. Like a pp said, your cooler or whatever you put your lunch in, can be left in your car til it's time to eat. Or-- Surely there's a place where the employees put their purses and coats-- is there room there to store your lunch?

I think the biggest key to avoiding the doughnuts and munchkins, is to have good healthy choices available every day. It's hard to say "no" when you're hungry and have nothing else to choose from. And that's where the planning, like the pp's mentioned, comes in. Quick, healthy breakfast ideas that you can fix and eat before you leave for work. May be that on work days, you eat cereal and fruit, or just toast with peanut butter and a banana. Leave the eggs and bacon etc for a day off when you have more time to cook. If you're rushed for time in the morning, you need to do as much as possible the night before to prepare for the next day. You could even measure out your cereal the night before into a tupperware container, put the lid on, and then in the morning all you'd have to do is put the milk on and peel a banana.

I keep a large container of prepped raw vegetables (carrots, celery, green peppers etc) in my fridge, so I can throw some in tupperware and take with my lunch. But the washing, peeling, cutting etc is always done on the weekend on in the evening after supper. I don't have time for that in the morning.

JENNENGELHARDT SparkPoints: (1,273)
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10/11/13 9:26 P

I m not making any reasons why I can't do this. I am trying to find good ideas to help me through the day. I don't believe I said anything about not wanting to plan or get healthy. It was all about trying to find ways to fix these problems. I know I can do this and I will do this. Thank you everyone for your support.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
10/11/13 3:25 P

I worked fast food for years and still was able to eat healthy. It may take some extra planning, but to me it doesn't sound like to you want to take the time to plan. I understand getting up early in the morning and starting the day before the sun rises, but why not prepare breakfast and lunch at home and like the other poster said, put it in a thermal bag. They also have coolers that you can plug into cigarette lighters to keep things cold.
If you are really serious about losing weight, working at a place like dunkin donuts or any other fast food place shouldn't stop you.
sorry to be harsh, but you didn't give me much choice. I work in an office now and I can eat the &&it they have downstairs in the caferteria or I can make myself lunch and snacks to bring from home. i choose the latter. Sometimes I pack raw veggies, fruit, salad, smoothies, etc.
As far as not being able to have room for a lunchbox? Get yourself some good frozen packs and pack a lunch. I do that sometimes too since I get too busy to put my lunch in the fridge.

don't make excuses as to why you eat the DD.

VASHLUVER1 Posts: 983
10/11/13 12:31 P

It sounds to me like you are making a lot of excuses. You came up with so many reasons why you are not able to eat healthy at work. You need to come up with more reasons why you SHOULD eat healthy at work. Once you realize that you truly want this for yourself, you will be able to overcome the urge to make up excuses.

I think that one thing you can start with is letting your coworkers and manager know that you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Once you say it aloud, you'll start to feel more accountable. And hopefully they will try to help you reach their goal and perhaps join you! Maybe if it gets cold enough in your car, you can keep your lunch box in there. If there is no room at your work to eat lunch, is there another food business next door where you can walk over and eat in there? Or you can wait for a lull in business and eat your lunch at a table when one opens up.

Pack your lunch the night before. It's hard to me to wake up any earlier than I have to to go to work, but I manage to have just enough time to throw some healthy snacks in my lunch box and leave. Since you have to be at work so early, you just have to prepare the night before. There is no easy way to do it. Just remember why this is important to you. Make it part of your nightly routine. It takes 21 days to form a habit, so challenge yourself to just 21 days! I know you can do it!

REBCCA SparkPoints: (408,413)
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10/9/13 8:55 P

When I work where I don't have good food choices I take my food and pack these
in a thermal bag. If I want something hot I take a thermos. It is a bit more effort to take this option but being healthy and fit is worth the effort. is easier if you cook bigger batches of health choices to pack and make easily ready to go.
I wish you success!

JENNENGELHARDT SparkPoints: (1,273)
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10/9/13 8:41 P

So I work at Dunkin Donuts. I work from 6 am to around 2 pm. That means I go to bed between 10-11 pm and wake up at 5:30 get dressed and rush out the door. I am not a morning person, but do it 5 days a week. I don't get breakfast before I go. Then I have break at around 10 am. Our store is so small that there is no break room or place to sit. I go sit out in my car and just eat something I get from work (not a good idea). I don't bring lunch with me because there is no where to put a lunch box. I don't know what to do to stay healthy at work. It is going to be getting to cold soon to go sit in my car which means that I will just be sitting at the managers desk till my break is over and if she needs the desk I will be standing through out my break or sitting in the dinning room if its not busy out there. We only have 3 tables for people to use and we are a very busy store. So my problem is what do I do? I really want to get healthy and munching on munchkins all day to keep me going is not going to help. Any ideas would be great. Thank you everyone.

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