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9/20/10 10:34 A

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I lived in NYC myself and work a 9-5pm day-job. I'm also an actor and often have rehearsals at night as well. So, I'm usually going from 7am - 11pm each day. That said, I can tell you it's totally possible to pack your lunch (& dinner!). It keeps costs down, and is far, far healthier.

I tend to plan out my weeks worth of meals when I'm on the train - I make notes in my blackberry. I usually cook on Sundays for that week, and sometimes I will make the lunch in the morning while I'm making my breakfast. It is certainly a challenge, and I certainly don't do it perfectly everyday, but I can attest, even in this crazy busy & super expensive city it IS possible.

I also have a handful of recipes in my head that I know I can make quickly - so taking some time to experiment with quick & healthy recipes might be useful for you.

ALSO - I have certain items in restaurants I frequent that I know are healthy, and will only order those items. Even if you have to run into a starbucks to eat - always know before hand what you will get.

I certainly empathize with you, because I find this planning and preparing meals can be quite a feat in this city!

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9/13/10 6:52 P

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I have been told that new york was a high cost of living food wise ..

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8/16/10 9:04 A

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I'm from emoticon , so taking a Thermos with lunch is a regular, or as an alternative keep /use microwaveable container at work. emoticon Gloria

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8/9/10 6:59 P

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Make tuna or chicken salad with crackers. Also do wraps, you can take fresh veggies and fruit. I make a lot of salads and the cost is not bad. Try soups or some lunches that are low-cal.

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8/3/10 9:53 P

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I know what you mean - i am a New Yorker also and lunch was always a problem. i am not much of a lunch eater so i usually had a fruit at 10 AM and at 3PM and for lunch brought carrot sticks, cheese crackers - items like that.

left NY and moved to upper Westchester, same problem.

food is expensive no matter where you live.

good luck

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8/2/10 4:55 P

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A salad is not enough lunch for me. I get hungry again by 2 or 3:00 and then hit the snack machine. I try to bring some chicken and veggies or things like that. It does tide me over. It can fit in a tupperware container. Would something like that work?

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8/2/10 4:52 P

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How about keeping a can of soup in your desk - there are lots of nice & healthy choices out there now. If you move around the city a lot - how about a 6" sandwich from Subway? or a Salad from Subway?



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HERMIONE102 Posts: 141
8/2/10 4:29 P

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Hi everyone. I am from NYC and I find it so hard to buy healthy (and affordable) lunches around here. It's typically one or the other. Not to mention the fact that salads cost an arm and a leg for ingredients that I can purchase on my own.

I was wondering if any one had any recommendations for lunch in big cities where salads are pricey. I know that making my own lunch is the best option of all but that isn't always possible in my line of work.


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