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Healthy Plan B's

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

So I had a busy day today and thought that I planned well, but even "the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." I packed a breakfast and lunch and headed out the door to the gym. Unfortunately, I realized when I got to work that my packed meals were left on the counter at home. I have a 30-40 minute commute, so heading home wasn't an option. Here are what I decided my plan B's could be for breakfast:
1. Skip the meal
2. Buy something from the vending machine
3. Try to run offsite to buy something, but I would have to wait until after a meeting at 9:30

Here are my options for lunch plan B's:
1. Skip the meal
2. Grab fast food offsite
3. Eat in the company cafeteria

For breakfast I planned on getting something from the vending machine (hoping for trail mix or pretzels), but I was just too busy and ended up skipping the meal. I knew that also skipping lunch would be a bad idea, so the company cafeteria seemed like the lesser of the remaining two evils. I had a sandwich (no mayo, extra veggies) and baked chips.

I'm sure that this scenario will happen again (I'm always forgetting something :), so I'd like to be better prepared next time it happens. What are some better alternatives that I could have included? I've considered leaving healthy snacks at my desk, but I'm afraid I would be too tempted to eat them even though I don't really need them.


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    I keep packets of oatmeal in my desk as well as a can or two of a low sodium soup and whole grain crackers.
    2955 days ago
    You have been given a ton of great ideas. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for your health please make sure you eat it.
    3138 days ago
    Is there a grocery store near your work? If you have time to go for fast food, it seems like you'd have time to run in the store, grab some fruits or veggies, and maybe a prepared sandwich.
    3138 days ago
    I keep premeasured portions of raw mixed nuts in my desk at work. It's something that I don't really crave so I'm not tempted to eat them until I'm really hungry. If I kept granola bars in my desk instead, I would gobble them all up. Plus, I drink a lot of water to fill up. I usually put Propel or Crystal Light drink mix in with my water and it helps me drink more. Try the tips in the other comments. Other than that, I think healthy choices from the cafeteria is your next best bet. Good luck!
    3138 days ago
  • CGARR442
    Put some healthy snack items in the refrigerator at work (this way it isn't staring at you while sitting at your desk). Hopefully, you can trust your co-workers not to take your stuff. You could also put some of those dinners that you add water and microwave in your desk. They are higher in sodium but they might be a better choice for you.
    It sounds like you made some good choices today.
    Best of luck to you!
    3139 days ago
  • MZSPB1
    I solved my lunchtime dilemma by buying pre-packaged, complete oatmeal. They come in microwaveable cups. I add water and microwave. I eat one or two a day. Some flavors include nuts, raisins, dates, etcetera. They have save my healthy eating quest!

    Take care. emoticon
    3139 days ago
  • SALEX52
    Do you have a refrigerator at work? I keep a bag of carrots there, and on the weekend I bring in my breakfasts and lunches for the week.
    And if I get hungry and want to eat my snacks, it won't derail me if I were to eat 6 carrots at one sitting.
    3139 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11054193
    I leave Oatmeal at work because it is not something that I am going to eat "just because" if you have access to water or milk and a microwave, you have a healthier, filling option. I keep my car keys in my lunch bag...because I can't leave for work without my keys!!!

    3139 days ago
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