I bring my own lunch but like you had initially been very wary about being caught-out feeling hungry and needing a "snack" and what that might lead to....
So, for work, I threw a few packets of Quaker Instant Oatmeal in my desk drawer way back when.
My idea was, if i got really hungry, I could make oatmeal-in-a-mug with the hot water dispenser at work. Perhaps not the ultimate nutritional choice but a darn sight better than a donut, and 1-2 packets would keep me full-enough, for only a couple hundred calories give or take.
It's funny, just the knowledge that they were there, was comfort enough. I'd EXPECTED I would dip into these "most days" and in fact... I maybe ever ate just one? Ever? (Just peeked in my desk-drawer - mhm there's still 4 packets tucked away in there).
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771 7/2/13 8:09 A
I always pack my lunch to work. Usually it's leftovers from weekend cooking. Today I have a stuffed pepper, 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes and some raw zucchini slices. I also pack in a lot of snacks. I pop popcorn at home and then pack them in sandwich size bags. It's an easy grab-and-go snack. I also have WW dark chocolate snacks, a small bag of almonds, some low calories caramels and a jar of peanut butter. Lots to choose from whenever I get a snack attack.
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99 7/2/13 7:34 A
Yeah! It is hard going out into the world where there is tempting food everywhere! I like batch cooking and freezing some so there is variety for meals. Whenever I see the homemade versions of trail mixes or granola bars on here, they are tempting to make and take as snacks, and a nice alternative to nuts or the produce I typically opt for, but I haven't given them a try yet!
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1,843 7/2/13 6:23 A
The fresh foil locked tuna/salmon pouches fit in a small purse, require no cooling, and contain about 20g protein to keep me full.
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1,031 7/2/13 1:00 A
I pack my lunch with me every day for work - usually a sandwich and soup or salad - and also keep some items at my desk in case I work late.
A cocoa flavored soy powder I can mix with water, protein bars, crackers and peanut butter, canned soup, cereal, nuts, and dried fruit. Then I supplement those with soy yogurt, coconut or almond milk, fresh fruit, veggie strips.
I also keep a bag or two of sugar free hard candy for days when the temptations in the office are too much. That way I don't feel deprived and can have something sweet without doing much damage.
I started packing my lunch when lunch meetings started happening all the time at work. They had them catered by the cafe downstairs, and it serves reasonably healthy stuff, but not quite healthy enough, and I just got tired of it (and lunch meetings all.the.time too, but I can't do anything about that).
I invested in some bento boxes and started packing my lunch in them. I learned some new recipes, and can assemble them from the fridge, mostly, maybe making a little roll-up omlette, or steaming some broccoli in the microwave as a morning addition. I find cooking for myself nurturing.
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8 7/1/13 11:35 P
I am learning that I really can't leave my house without my little cooler bag packed with healthy snacks and plenty of water. If I run into obstacles to getting back home as planned and I don't have food with me, I will resort to high calorie sugary stuff I can find in a convenience store - this isn't helpful! I vow to leave the house with snacks in hand!
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