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NIRERIN Posts: 14,125
2/1/13 8:39 A

i work in sales and find a two prong approach works best.
the first prong is always having shelf stable snacks in my bag or already in the car. they make pearsauce, applesauce, fruits in their own juices or gels, fruit snacks and leather, dehydrated fruits and/or veggies, granola bars or bags, nuts, individual nut butter packets, individual hummus packets, cheese/nut butter and cracker packs, tuna salad and cracker kits, and shelf stable cheeses to name what i can think of offhand. check the lunchbox and snack aisles at the grocery store to see what you have access to. yes, you have to read labels. but i have three or four of these things in my car or bag at all times and a decent supply in my cabinet as well.
the second prong is packing just the right amount for that day. the idea is to not have to bring home perishable stuff that i didn't eat, but to not have to rely entirely on my nonperishables [though it's great to be able to do that if i leave my packed lunch in the fridge that day]. this is where you bring yogurt and berries [and possibly add some granola from your stash]. i will say i love my thermos funtainer. it hold ten ounces and keeps stuff hot or cold for five hours. on days i know i'm going to be long and that i'll need to eat late, i'll portion in my yogurt, then add frozen's thawed enough to eat five or six hours later, but still insanely cold. it's where you bring soups and stews, sandwiches, leftovers or cheese and crackers. you're only limited by the container you bring your food in. so plan to eat the most perishable thing as a morning snack or early lunch, and then the hardier things later in the day. so a good thermos, a good insulated lunch bag [target sells a decent one for under $5] and a few ice packs and there are few foods you can't bring [crepes and fussy souffles being the only things that come to mind offhand].

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2/1/13 8:04 A

I was a sales rep on the road for 15 years. Snacking in the car is a terrible habit to break. I still spend a huge amount of time in my car so now I 1. Pack my lunch kit with foods that are already on my tracker. I desperately want to stay on track and knowing I can eat whatever is in the bag makes it less stressful. 2. Keep a 1 liter bottle of flavored water right beside me. It takes the edge off and then keeps me busy looking for a nice clean bathroom. 3. When I get to the point of buying those gas station snacks I pull over and think - Am I really hungry? I spend some time remembering why I DON'T want to snack. Once I even wrote a list. Last resort I say "If I still want it in 20 minutes I will stop" It's usually gone by then.

Making sure I don't forget to eat my real meals and snacks is also key so that I don;t get hungry and lose it over chips and crap.

Hope this helps. I still struggle with this and feel your pain. Stay strong you can do it!!!!

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
1/31/13 4:03 P

I think a cooler would be a good thing to have. Maybe a thermos too for soup or chili.
Nuts, fruit and veggies are great, PB & J or tortilla "rollups" with a banana and PB inside it.

VEG_GIRL04 Posts: 2,600
1/31/13 8:31 A

My other half has no refrigerator or microwave at work so I've run into this challange as well. He's not dieting - but I sneak healthy food in on him all the time!

Varying things really seems to help. One day I'll do a salad with tuna, the next a sandwich. Pasta salads are a nice addition. Leftover chicken or steak for salads is nice. Nuts, string cheese, celery and peanutbutter, fruits, cottage cheese, and pretzels are nice fillers.

Some of the best advice I got (but haven't actually used!) is to get a nice thermos. Cooking soups, and leftovers and putting them in a nice insulated thermos apparently really keeps them up to temperature for the beginning of the day.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,176
1/31/13 6:26 A

Yes get a cooler and you will have many choices....

Popcorn is easy to grab on the go and full of fiber, a crunchy snack, skip the chips and grab 3 cups of light popcorn (no salt, no butter). It has large amount of calories, protein, minerals and vitamins...sprinkle with parm or romano which has protein or cinnamon to flavor.
Air popped popcorn contains about 31 calories per cup.

Wasabi peas provide a low-fat snack and quick fuel for energy. Available at Trader Joe's or Walgreens. They have calcium and high amounts of protein. A handful of wasabi peas amounts to about 120 calories.

Fage 0% plain Yogurt with a honey cup attached. This tastes like a sundae to me and Honey fights bacteria, source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy , and Honey's combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar can spread it on hot toast too!

Pumpkin Seeds a source of carbohydrate, have amino acids, vitamins or Pepitas which are already shelled pumpkin seeds...

One whole cucumber equals only 45 calories! Slice one up and get a low calorie dip.

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1/31/13 4:30 A

if you can pack a small cooler -
veggies & hummus
homemade trail mix (I like raisins, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts)
Greek yogurt with fresh fruit
peanut butter w/celery or an apple
KIND bars

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1/30/13 11:21 P


I am a home care nurse and I work all day from my car. I've tried to eat right, eating breakfast and eating lunch meat, cheese, and fruit during the day. All of that gets boring and I'd love some ideas of what I can eat that will satisfy and keep me from wanting junk from the gas station or fast food place.


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