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Lunch Strategies for Work

The Best Choices When You Don't Have Time to Pack

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HWNHMMBRD

5/4/2014 3:55:30 PM

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I pack my "lunch" 99% of the time, mainly because I don't really have access to other options except the Hospital Cafeteria or snack bar, and they are EXPENSIVE!

ERIN_POSCH

4/17/2013 11:38:05 AM

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good article. thank you

RUNESHADOW

7/4/2011 1:32:10 PM

Nice suggestions. It is good to plan for emergencies, but better to have some ideas for those times when you don't have emergency rations! Thank you!

TWOOFTHREE

11/1/2010 2:09:35 PM

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When I don't pack lunch, I go to the supermarket near my workplace during my break.
There, I have a wide range of healthy foods I can choose from.

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KARATE_KID

11/1/2010 9:26:44 AM

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Shift work is one of the worst for not being able to get a healthy lunch. When I was working in a small community hospital there was only the cafeteria and it was a crap shoot if they would have healthy options or not, as it had been contracted out. It also was not open 24/7. With only a 30 minute lunch break you can be truly stuck.

Congratulations if you're super-organized and never have any last minute emergencies happening at your house - I'm not that fortunate.

TESSARIAN

1/21/2010 2:44:57 PM

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI : the answer is simple, could be any reason one of these a combination of these something I didn't think of

8 hour work shift gotta eat ...

work downtown where a proper restaurant might not be available or will be too full to serve you before your lunch break is over...

not enough $$ for anything nearby that is not cheap fastfood

gotta run and no time to pack a lunch to something unexpected like maybe hospital to take care of a friend ... 4 hr drive to pick up a friend/family member who's ride bailed on them,

forgot/ruined the lunch you made ...one time i brought two boiled eggs and chives, ripped the egg open da da da egg had gone bad before i hard boiled it ... at the time i worked smack dab center montreal downtown and there was NO way i was going to eat anything healthy unless i took the rest of the day off to get to a place and be served, but i had to eat or work is more stressful and than i gorge when i get home so I had mcdonald's ... on a side note i JUST had the sandwich doubled up on the veggies and added no sauce but that's just making the best of what's available. but atleast i performed well at work, made the best of what was available and didn't eat like 3 dinners when i get home

4A-HEALTHY-BMI

1/21/2010 12:37:17 PM

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Can someone explain how fast food might be a person's only food option?

This would only happen to me if I ran out of low-carb protein bars, and I carry enough to last me 24 hours, if necessary (after getting stuck in airports, etc.)

Seems to me that most of these "less unhealthy" options can simply be avoided with proper planning and preparation. But what do I know - I've only lost 180 lbs...

:-|

GLACIAL_ERRATIC

1/21/2010 6:23:25 AM

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Great, simple steps that are easy to forget! Thanks for the reminders! Making good food choices when eating out can make a BIG difference in your calorie count for the day. And the to-go box to control portion size is great!

TRAVELINGTRISH

5/23/2009 6:24:51 AM

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Good article. However, to me, Cajun and Blackened dishes always seemed to have a lot of salt. If this is my misconception, please let me know.

LILNEYNEY

2/24/2009 3:43:09 PM

Phew! I just read this article in the nick of time! I was just about to head down to the vending machine for a bag of chips! LOL!!!

JIBBIE49

7/25/2008 2:12:39 AM

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Great article.

AZUCARMORENO

11/30/2007 7:28:15 AM

I love this article because it gives practical advice that I can put to use right away. I like to read it every so often as a reminder to myself to stay focus on my diet goals or whenever I stray away from my diet for a period of time. It also helps whenever dining out to think ahead so I won't be tempted by the wrong choices...

Azucarmoreno.

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