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6/19/18 9:48 A

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I can stay in track Monday through Friday. However, I find myself so busy and running errands on the weekend that I sometimes miss meals. I have to find a way to pause and stick to my schedule.



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6/12/18 11:29 P



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I always have a healthy snack (healthy protein Nut Bar) in my bag for when I am out, but generally add to it prior to my going .... things like chopped up apple and pear. Those are the days that I do even better with my nutrition.

The idea is that prior to going on the errands,
* You think about it
* Prepare (for) it
* Take it with you.

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6/12/18 11:13 A

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Doing much better when I'm at work!



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6/9/18 10:48 P

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I have trouble eating scheduled meals and snacks on the weekend. Today I skipped a meal and snack due to busy errands.



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5/22/18 3:44 P

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The thing about breaks and even lunch breaks, they are NOT required except for specific employment categories. It's pretty appalling when you really read the laws. I would not expect to be paid, but to be told (and have the legal verbiage put in front of your eyes) that the employer is not required to give you even a lunch break feels very disrespectful. We are told that they give us a lunch break out of the goodness of their hearts - lunch break is 30 minutes, but there is no place to eat other than your desk, so we end up working while we eat. I'm in Colorado, but my company is national and all are treated this way.



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5/13/18 9:29 P



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You've gotten good suggestions, but...

Do you own this business? If not, in most states you have an actual legal right to breaks. Usually it's 1/2 hour for lunch plus two 15-min breaks per 8 hour shift. You don't necessarily get paid for that time, but employers have to give you enough time to eat lunch and take care of other bodily needs. Find out what your rights actually are, and gently approach your manager about making it happen. They might be a lot nicer about it than you expect. I'm a manager/administrator of an organization that includes retail operations, and I actually enjoy relieving my floor staff for breaks and lunch. It's a break from paperwork for me. We have always instructed workers during orientation that they are expected to take an hour for lunch and two breaks, and we schedule them more or less formally, but even if we didn't mention it, I would not be at all offended to have someone ask me to work it into their schedule.



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5/13/18 2:26 P

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Lots of options out there. These answeres are great.

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5/11/18 10:36 A

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Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I have a protein ball recipe I got from a friend I could try. I’m hoping that between that and a few other suggestions I’ll be better off during the day.



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5/11/18 9:53 A

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Personally I would go a bit heavier on the protein than on fruits. Boiled eggs are quick and easy to take with you, cheese, a sandwich with meat/protein, etc. all would fill me up more than fruit or snacks. Easy to pack with a ice pack in your lunch bag. Also hummus or a pre-made bean salad is also filling.

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5/10/18 10:51 A

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i won't repeat ideas from below, but you can also make quick & easy energy balls. my current fave is dates, protein (or oatmeal) powder, hemp hearts, cocoa powder, and nuts of choice (pecans/walnuts/cashews). easy to grab quickly and doesn't require refrigeration (i do store in the fridge but keep at room temp if i bring it for a snack).

similarly you could do healthier versions of granola bars/muffins/cookies/etc for an easy snack. the beauty with these is that you can make a batch to last you through the week and change up recipes.

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5/10/18 3:44 A

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@THEPIA and @THICK611,
you have very challenging working schedules,
that short break is not sufficient to have a proper meal for sure!
I believe the calories are only worth it when I can sit down and take my time to enjoy my food.
I'm a lucky woman, because I rarely have working days with no time for lunch,
but when I do I usually skip lunch and put all my calories into a larger breakfast and dinner. And drink lots of water during the day.
I know this is not suitable for everyone, I hope you find the solution that is best for you!


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5/5/18 11:09 P

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Yes, I find myself eating the same foods over and over.



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5/5/18 3:37 P

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Lots of healthy snacks prepackaged at the grocery store.
If you don't have time with fresh fruit and veggies...get packages of single servings in the produce section.

AND proud to say...i eat an apple a day!!



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5/4/18 8:40 P

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I start work at 425a.m. I get off work at 1030a. during my shift I only get a 10 minute break. It is really hard to get in breakfast and a snack during that time. Our business gets busy by 6a and gets busier as my shift goes on. In that 10 minute break, I have to scarf, or inhale what food I have.

WE CAN DO IT!


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5/3/18 10:16 P



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Fruits are a great snack/part of meal provider, whether you are at home or out.

I don't work now, but when I go out I take my lunch. It is usually cut pieces of pear and apple, and sometimes banana or other fruit. Often it is a healthy protein nut bar to go with it. Sometimes I take a hard boiled egg, but that would need to be eaten earlier in the day, rather than later.

Sandwiches using quality bread (low sugar, sat/trans fats and sodium, and higher protein/fibre) with peanut butter or other nut butters are good. I often used make make my late hubby peanut butter and sliced banana sandwiches which he loved)

Making a salad but putting the dressing in a little snap-lock bag to add when you are ready to eat, and taking some shelf-stable protein (canned salmon, chicken, etc.) to open when you want it is good. Salads based on mainly lettuce aren't particularly filling but if you made a coleslaw using grated carrot, finely chopped broccoli/cauli, celery, spring onions (I think you guys call them green onions) are good, and so is mushroom salad ... just slice button mushrooms and add some finely sliced spring onion. Use a French dressing but add it just before you are ready to eat it, and it is yumm.

I make a very healthy make-over pizza (which is absolutely loaded in veges) in a very large batch (16 serves) and freeze them in single-serve portions. I can take it out the freezer in the a.m. and by the time I am ready to eat it for lunch it is thawed. I also find that cold pizza is more filling. Single Serve cheese portions which are very stable at room temperature is also a good thing to have incorporated into your meal. If you don't want it, it is there for another day and no wastage involved.

I always have a nut bar in my bag for emergencies when I am out. Perhaps you could keep some nuts and some dried fruit on hand at work or in your bag for times when you are a little bit more hungry than you anticipated.

You can also have single-serve yoghurt stored in your Deep Freezer. Take it out in the a.m. It will help to keep your lunch cool, but be thawed by lunchtime.

Good luck,
Kris

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5/3/18 5:02 P

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Lots of fruit are very portable and don't need to be refrigerated: bananas, apples, mandarins/cuties, oranges, grapes.

Nuts and seeds of all kinds (I hear you don't like almonds-LOL!!). There are a ton more and they are fast, non-refrigerated and healthy. They have healthy fats and protein!! Nuts and nut butters are probably your best bet for proteins.

If you're looking for easy, non-refrigerated veggies: zucchini slices, carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, broccoli.

And don't forget dried fruits.

Good luck! I agree that a small lunch kit with a cold pack inside would TOTALLY expand your options!



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5/3/18 3:51 A

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To add to Nirerin, if you're on low carb, Safeway has P3 packs, of lunch meat, cheese, and nuts. 3g-5g carb per pack. You also get less hungry on a low carb (keto) diet, since simple carbs cause you to become hungry.

If you can do it, Intermittent Fasting has you not eating food for 16 hours, then eating normally for an 8 hour window. You can combine it with low carb, since the reduced hunger on low carb helps you with your 16 hours of fasting.

https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb-hack-4-try-intermittent-fasting

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5/2/18 10:08 P

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Make sure you have some decent hardware. And by hardware I mean insulated lunch box or cooler bag, ice packs, thermos and the like. This will open up your options immensely. I am partial to the Thermos funtainer because it has a wide mouth and keeps things hot or cool for hours. Plan to have it as an earlier snack than the shelf stable stuff. Also, for the cold stuff, if you add frozen things to it then it takes even longer to thaw. If I put yogurt into the funtainer before I leave for work it will be cold for mof the morning. If I add frozen berries to the yogurt in the funtainer and close it up before I leave for work, then it is not thawed enough to eat until after about 1:30 in the afternoon. A good insulated bag and ice pack mean that you have at least one cold meal for variety. Think "how can I make this a bite sized snack" and you can add a great deal of variety. Think sushi roll slices or slices of wraps. Think filled mushroom caps or cherry tomatoes. Think kabobs.

Also laptoplunches.com is the best resource for meal ideas for lunchboxes. You do not have to buy their system, but the recipes and meals cover just about everything you'd ever want to do.

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5/2/18 7:58 P

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If you prefer a low carb approach, then there are a number of fat-bomb recipes that don't need to be heated and will be perfectly fine in an insulated bag with a cooler pack --- the cooling is more for texture than for preservation. I don't follow low carb myself, but still enjoy some of these as a healthy and sustaining snack occasionally.

If carbs are okay, I would recommend making some muffins (all whole grain, sweetened with fruit, include lots of non-almond nuts, add in some dry milk powder or protein powder --- mine run about 120 calories, 5g protein, 3g fats, 3.5-4g fibre) or using some of the granola / protein bar recipes here at SparkRecipes.com.

I'm always a fan of nut or seed butter sandwiches - either on whole grain or low carb bread and topped with some berries or sliced bananas.

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5/2/18 4:25 P

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Gerber makes a shelf stable yogurt for babies. You should be able to find it at your local grocery store in the baby food aisle.


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I'd put together a baggie with nuts, raisins, sunflower or pumpkin seeds and even a few dark chocolate pieces. Depending on other calories this baggie could be 150 - 200 calories and you could split it for two snacks. There are also some cheeses that are pretty shelf stable as least for 4 hours or so. Any combination with fat, protein & carbs will be filling and satisfying.

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5/2/18 12:08 P

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Beef jerky/beef sticks (I find that it's easier/faster to chew the beef sticks vs. the jerky.. they are more highly processed), I've been really digging pepitas (dried and roasted pumpkin seeds) lately; there are lots of varieties/flavorings of them. Sometimes I'll give in and just get protein bars.. I have found that the less sugar and calories they have, the less tasty they are, so it's always a compromise! While fruit is better when it's refrigerated, apples and bananas really don't have to be. Which reminds me, you could create your own shelf-stable protein/energy bars with ingredients like dates, cocoa, shredded coconut, nuts (and/or protein powder) etc. There are also tons of options now for flavored fish pouches, I hate to eat them if I'm in an enclosed space with coworkers because they do kind of smell, but at least i'm not microwaving them!

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5/2/18 11:21 A

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I work 9-10 hour days (retail management) and don’t get a chance to sit down and have a break or a meal most days. I am looking for suggestions on healthy/filling snacks that are relatively shelf stable that can be eaten quickly. I have room in the office to store enough food for a day, but not really anywhere to refrigerate or reheat. I eat a small breakfast in the morning before work and dinner when I get home. My total calorie intake is 1500-1800/day. Breakfast is usually around 500 and dinner can be variable.

I’m not much of a picky eater, as long as there are no tomatoes or almonds.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you have.



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