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Hey guys, thanks for all the fantastic replies. I do occasionally have a fridge at work, but nurses get first dibs, and sometimes it's full. I often bring a cooler bag, so that's not a problem. For a while I was eating Lean Cuisines pretty exclusively, but having the time to nuke something in the microwave isn't always possible and I found myself skipping lunch altogether the majority of the time (it's pretty unreal that I can't always find 3mins in my day to heat up my lunch, isn't it?) I love the soup idea, and I'm going to try to look for soups that are lower in sodium, and might taste just as good without heating up. Keeping tons of fresh produce on hand is another great idea, I'll just have to try to recruit my boyfriend to help me prepare fruits and veggies the night before for quick munching. I've been a member of a local CSA (and highly recommend it!) so I have a bunch of produce already at home, I've just been tending to save it for dinners. I really need to improve my water intake also. I've always seen a soda person (BAD, I know!) and about a year ago I switched over to diet soda, but now I need to try to make the switch over to water, or at least Crystal Light.
Thanks again for all of your suggestions, and keep them coming!
I agree about unhealthy foods in hospital cafeterias. It seems ludicrous, doesn't it? I try to take my own food..lean cuisine, ww, lite salad dressing and such. I also drink a lot of water.
I make a mean Vegan Salsa Stew that is even better the second day, even cold. With the batch I make, it lasts for several meals so I can pack it and bring it to work with me plus a few pieces of cut fruit...like melons. Yumm
PS I remember mt Peds rotation in nursing school not too fondly. I got wholloped over the head my first day by a toy truck wielded by an angry tot.
Edited by: ELVENSONG1 at: 9/20/2009 (23:02)
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Don't know if you have the luxury of a fridge at work...? I always keep a stash of healthy fresh veggies on hand. My particular favorites are baby carrots, baby spinach, red/yellow/orange bell peppers, broccoli, grape tomatoes and cauliflower.
If I'm going to do any kind of work on my PC, notes, etc. I'll set out a spread of my veggies to munch on and have been pleased to find my co-workers drifting away from my office partner's candy jar over to my veggies to help themselves... :-)
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why not pack your lunch ahead with healthy choices............. some people bring small coolers to work with their healthy foods to eat as well..........i often bring hummous and pita with a fruit have that as it is quick and easy it's my favorite.............all the best to you.........
ps i forgot to add veggies such a carrots,celery,peppers cut up any color etc........
Edited by: L*I*T*A* at: 9/20/2009 (12:33)
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i am big on soups-
i buy healthy choice or another lower in sodium brand and heat it in ouor unit microwave- it is healthier than the options in the cafeteria
I tend towards lentil and black bean soups, but you can find almost anything that tickles your fancy- I buy them in the supermarket when they are on sale so it winds up being economical too...
hospital food, at least where I work is prety bad which is uneal to me- healthy options are few and far between and alll of them cost more than the unhealthy fare...
I'm a Pediatric resident working 80 hours a week, and I find it very hard to eat healthy while in the hospital. In my particular facility we have a horrible cafeteria, or an Au Bon Pain (which offers very few healthy options). I'm having difficulty finding the time to make healthy options at home, and I end up grabbing whatever I can eat in 5 mins from ABP. I was wondering if any of you have suggestions for promoting healthy eating habits or secret recipes for easy-to-make, on-the-go healthy meals.