[One of the occasional series of posts about my typical day.]
I’ve debated whether to include the typical sort of food I eat or not. As it happens, I am. But you don’t have to read it if you don’t want to :)
Mostly I pack a lunch and snacks when I head out in the morning. I alternate between:
- Microwavable frozen food
- Going out for lunch
…which I supplement with fresh fruit and some veggies, plus whatever’s in my desk. Yes, I tend to keep some food at work. Right now in my desk there’s:
- An apple
- Bag of beef jerky
- Can of cashews
- Can of chicken soup
- 3 Luna bars
- Jar of peanut butter
- Jar of Dove chocolates
+ 1 beef enchilada TV dinner in the freezer.
+ leftover chicken enchilada & rice in the fridge.
Why so many choices? Simply put, I often find “non-breakfast” food to be completely unappetizing at the time I’m making my lunch. Yes, if I’m taking in leftovers, they’re packaged the night before – but I may not find them appetizing the next day, either. For years I was one of those people who would eat out every day. This was bolstered by having a dozen subsidized company cafeterias within walking distance.
Later I had no cafeteria, but was working in a neighborhood with two grocery stores & a dozen restaurants serving lunches ranging from $5 to $25, all within 5 blocks.
Now I work at a smallish company. No subsidized cafeteria. We’re located in a suburban office park; there’s about 5 food vendors within walking distance, with lunch options ranging from $9 to $25. I don’t dislike them, but every day is boring and expensive.
My solution is:
- Have some lunch options at work,
- Take a lunch with me most days…
- …that will keep in the fridge if end up not eating it.
I don’t claim it’s perfect or unique, but it works for me, which is the point. :) So far this week, lunches have been:
- Ham and mustard-seed Gouda sandwich on whole wheat with mayo, an apple, and a piece of celery with peanut butter
- Green Giant combo of sugar snap peas, black beans, soy beans, & carrots with toast, piece of chocolate
- A chicken enchilada with rice & salad
Afternoon snacks have included:
- PB&J, an apple, and a piece of chocolate
- Celery with peanut butter & a plum
- A brownie & a banana
Sometimes I will have a piece of fruit in the morning, too – all depends on how I’m feeling. One advantage of this method is that I can tailor things to how I’m feeling. :) I do make a conscious effort to eat the fruit, sandwiches, and leftovers I bring in within a few days because they don’t keep well. The other stuff may sit for weeks before I eat it!
(The chocolate is also shared with my boss those who work for me. In fact they sometimes replenish it. ;)