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Lunchtime Blues

Posted May 18 2011 7:15am

I’ve only just started week 2 of my new job, and I’m already running out of lunch ideas. This is not good. During the school year my daily schedule would include about 5 hours of lectures at school and 8 hours of studying at home in my office. Since I was often around the house I could snack to my hearts desire, and grab more food when my body said “please more fuel”. 

Take for instance a big plate of Shirataki Noodles, broccoli slaw, broccoli, beans, turnip, shrimp, seeds and nutritional yeast. All sprinkled with chilli powder.

Followed by a ridiculous amount of snacking (literally once every hour).

During the school season I worked on Saturdays, meaning I had to pack lunch and snacks for that day. The work environment at this job was really relaxed, so I would pack a lot of things that I could snack on throughout the day: fruits, nuts, crackers, jars with yogurt and puffed kamut…. you get the idea.

Then there is the disastrous dishwasher salad I made the night before going to work. That black stuff in the picture would be seaweed. I actually couldn’t finish this salad it was that gross. All the juices had mixed together and all I could think about was eating dirty dishwasher water.

Now I am at a new work place 5 days a week 8 hours a day, and I am so lost with packing enough food. Someone please help me! In this work environment, I pretty much only have a break for lunch. Since I am in a computer lab, we aren’t supposed to have food at our desks. Which means no more snacking throughout the day.

I did manage one yummy lunch:

That would be: iceberg lettuce, shredded cabbage, dill pickles, chopped red pepper, celery, hemp seeds, and a heaping cup of mixed beans. I also had an apple , almonds, and 2 Suzie’s Ancient Oats Puffed Kamut Cakes topped with canned pumpkin mixed with protein powder.

On my walk home I also had two pieces of Cob’s Sourdough bread otherwise I would have eaten off my arm before I had time to get home and make dinner.

My energy level has plummeted since I’ve started work since I can’t snack. I am simply not used to having all my mid-morning snacks and afternoon snacks combined into lunch. Especially since I only have 30 minutes to eat it! I don’t know how to get around this dilemma.

How do you deal with days you can’t snack? What are your favourite things to pack for lunch?

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