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HAWAII5YEARS SparkPoints: (61,471)
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4/17/13 6:00 P

I know where you are coming from. I have been working 17 years as a phlebotomist on mobile blood drives. Every day is different hours, in a different location and an eating schedule is next to impossible!
The solution that has worked for me is getting up early enough to prepare my meals for my shift before I leave the house. I either make a soymilk smoothie for the drive to work or grab a Chobani Greek yogurt and a Fiber One protein bar as breakfast and pack a lunch of turkey or chicken on whole wheat as lunch. I throw in fruit as a snack and I sometimes grab a 100 calorie pack of something sweet. Recently, I bought a lunch crock pot and if I know I can plug it in for 3 hours, I can pack a stew or soup for a hot meal instead.
Pre-portioned packets of trail mix or roasted chickpeas are great for snacking on in the afternoon on the drive home too.

4/17/13 2:14 P

Move around instead of sitting at your desk all day
Bring a healthy lunch and snacks
Stay away from vending machines
Think about your goal

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
4/17/13 11:01 A

if a cooler is too big then get an insulated lunch bag but whatever you do, try to pack lunch and snacks the night before so you're not considering what to eat after you're already hungry.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
4/17/13 10:23 A

There are a few recipes here on SP for grab and go granola or protein bars, that are tasty. Those you could just put in a baggie and leave in the car. Also, apples and bananas and such will stay fine in your car, water too. If you can get access to not evn a cooler, but a thermal tote with an ice pack (the re-useable ones) you could take a few more things, yogurt, string cheese, etc. It might not last all day, but at least until your meal!

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,314
4/17/13 9:15 A

No time to stop an eat....there are plenty of healthy things you can do...boil up a batch of eggs to grab and go....they are packed with lots of vitamins and nutrients...and aproximatelly 74 calories each. Eggs and blueberries, strawberries and avocados are energy boosters.

Take a sack along with maybe an apple, 20 almonds, 3/4 cup of Multi Grain Cheerios, 3 graham crackers with a tad of peanut butter, or a Pear with 1 ounce of light Brie which is about 120 Calories.

A pull-top can Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna in Water, plastic fork and cocktail rye.

Pop some air-popped pop corn the night before...put 3 cups in a baggie for around 99 calories
as popcorn has many vitamins and minerals that are good for you.

Yes, if you get yourself a little Coleman cooler you could take along 3 slices of deli roast beef for aroud 150 calories, with a breadstick or two, a dill pickle and some fruit. Or Oscar Mayer has Shaved Turkey...6 slices for 60 calories...add what you like....

MLAN613 Posts: 19,020
4/17/13 8:26 A

Can you pack a cooler with snacks and a meal? That way, you can bring veggies, fruit (if you can handle the sugar emoticon ), and more perishable items like yogurt and sandwiches with mea and/or cheese.

KIMJHOWARD1 SparkPoints: (59,540)
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4/16/13 9:07 P

I just started back to work and I work in home health. I have worked so hard to eat healthy and have made great progress ...AT HOME. The last few days have been tough because there is no time to stop and eat. I HATE fast food and don't have time to stop anyway! When I got in my car to go home, I was completely drained because I let myself get dehydrated and didn't eat much until I got home. This has got to stop and I have to get a grip and get a handle on this. I have to take care of myself or all my progress goes down the drain.

I need to keep snacks in the car that won't spoil. And sugary anything gives me a headache. I drink water that's not a problem as long as I have access to a restroom. This shouldn't be so hard!
I did manage to walk yesterday and today, though so that's a positive :)

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