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1/16/14 5:24 P

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I bring lots of snacks, usually for the week. That helps me to not get hungry and go to the vending machines. I have natural fruit snacks, popcorn, pudding, and cut up fruit. I also bring separate things to put together, that way I know that I have choices and can put things together if I get really hungry or eat them separately. Things like free range turkey, pita bread, hummus, tomatoes

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1/15/14 10:13 A

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sounds like an excellent idea, jes. I don't tend to put my lunch in the fridge @ work because it will get stolen. so, i would like it if i could find something to put in my existing foldable lunch boxes to keep my stuff cold.

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12/6/13 8:58 A

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I found a lunch bag that has built in ice packs, you put the whole lunch bag (it folds down fairly small) in the freezer over night and it will keep your foods cold through the day. That has worked really well for me. I also bought little disposable 2 ounce dressing cups so that my dressings stay separate from the salad (or sliced veggies, which is what I normally do).

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12/5/13 12:00 P

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I have been bringing fruit to work. Even when it is cut up fruit, it does not go bad from staying in a container on my desk for awhile.

I do a mid-morning snack, and an afternoon snack. The mid-morning snack has been cut up watermelon, grapes, anything except apples. These are typically cut up ahead of time and stored in the fridge at home. I will get a small cup size container (or baggy), put the fruit in it in the morning, as well as grab an apple. The apple is for the afternoon snack. The cut up fruit is still good when I open it. I also have a slight sensitivity to cold so it allows the fruit to get a little closer to room temperature before I eat it.
The apple I know will last longer, and thus it is the afternoon snack.

I have heard of mason jar salads, which all you need is one or two ice packs to keep it cool until you eat it. There are ways to prepare them where the dressing and the actually lettuce are separated until you shake the jar later. This makes it where lettuce, and things like croutons do not get soggy from sitting in the dressing.


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9/6/13 7:52 P

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These are all great suggestions! I like keeping snack/meal bars in my desk because they are easy to grab without stopping work but I'm terrible at planning ahead. I constantly run out and have nothing left at work. Just wish I could do veggies without prep work!

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9/6/13 1:07 P

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I usually keep fruit and granola/protein bars (I love clif bars, and they're pretty good for a meal replacement) in my desk. I don't generally eat a formal lunch, but if I want it, I have oatmeal that I just need to add hot water too as well. I also have one of those lunchboxes that was mentioned already, I need to get into the habit of packing salads/veggies to eat instead. My calories are usually boarderline high, but it's my carbs that are really over the top!

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9/6/13 11:18 A

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I plan around what is in the cafeteria here at work (they serve good, healthy food). I know I can have one healthy meal here. I have a few breakfast options. I haven't been buying any junk food and so when I grab a takealong snack it's healthy. Supper is usually planned around the calories I have already consumed.

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9/1/13 4:56 P

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I actually just bought a PackIt Freezable lunch bag - it is literally made with freezer packs. As long as I eat my lunch by 1:00 it definitely keeps everything cool. I am trying to get better at making a little extra for dinner so I can bring the leftovers, or even just making extra chicken I can use for a salad. Breakfasts and lunches are my sticking points it seems - it is just so easy to stop and grab a breakfast sandwich and coffee, or run to the deli across the street from my office and grab a sandwich for lunch. I've been doing better since getting this lunch bag, though.

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9/1/13 11:22 A

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most of the time, i don't care that my foods are room temperature. even if it's frozen, i don't mind that it has defrosted at my desk. i very rarely put anything in the fridge or freezer at work because lunches tend to get taken.

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8/25/13 2:37 P

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I pack my lunch box with extra ice packs and pack foods that I don't mind eating cold, like cooked sausage and cucumbers or chicken and veggies. If you invest in a good lunch box, it should keep your food fresh for quite a while without needing a refrigerator. Even on days when I work overtime I haven't had any problems. If you like pasta, Barilla makes microwaveable pasta lunches that you can keep at your desk, I think they run about 300 calories. I have a stash at my desk for days when I forget to bring my lunch or just don't feel like eating what I brought.

I usually cook my lunches for the week on Sunday and have them portioned out and waiting in the fridge. All I have to do is throw my ice packs and tupperware in my lunch box before running out the door.

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8/16/13 9:50 P

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I've been having trouble meeting calorie requirements because even though I have a box of granola bars in my desk, I really don't have time to plan healthy meals and snacks except for the evening meal. I can't bring anything that needs to be refrigerated, it must be stuff I can keep in my desk. Anyone have tips or experiences you can share to help me get a better plan?

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