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    JAT23 Guest

    Default Resist going out for lunch at work!

    I got into the habit of going out for lunch nearly every day at work,
    and I quickly realized that this is a good way to shrink my wallet
    and expand my waistline.

    So I am on a mission to bring my lunch to work every day. I'm looking
    for recommendations/tips/ideas for healthy lunches.
    Have any of you gotten into this habit, and if so, what kinds of
    healthy lunch recipes do you use?


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    Janet Baraclough Guest

    Default Re: Resist going out for lunch at work!

    The message <[email protected]>
    from [email protected]lid (JAT23) contains these
    words:

    > I got into the habit of going out for lunch nearly every day at work,
    > and I quickly realized that this is a good way to shrink my wallet
    > and expand my waistline.


    > So I am on a mission to bring my lunch to work every day. I'm looking
    > for recommendations/tips/ideas for healthy lunches.
    > Have any of you gotten into this habit, and if so, what kinds of
    > healthy lunch recipes do you use?


    I used to make batches of soup and freeze them in individual portions
    to heat up in the microwave at work.Couple of pieces of fresh fruit,
    maybe a sliver of cheese and some oatcakes...couldn't be quicker or
    easier.

    Janet

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    Janet Baraclough Guest

    Default Re: Resist going out for lunch at work!

    The message <[email protected]>
    from [email protected]lid (JAT23) contains these
    words:

    > I got into the habit of going out for lunch nearly every day at work,
    > and I quickly realized that this is a good way to shrink my wallet
    > and expand my waistline.


    > So I am on a mission to bring my lunch to work every day. I'm looking
    > for recommendations/tips/ideas for healthy lunches.
    > Have any of you gotten into this habit, and if so, what kinds of
    > healthy lunch recipes do you use?


    I used to make batches of soup and freeze them in individual portions
    to heat up in the microwave at work.Couple of pieces of fresh fruit,
    maybe a sliver of cheese and some oatcakes...couldn't be quicker or
    easier.

    Janet

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    jmcquown Guest

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    JAT23 wrote:
    > I got into the habit of going out for lunch nearly every day at work,
    > and I quickly realized that this is a good way to shrink my wallet
    > and expand my waistline.
    >
    > So I am on a mission to bring my lunch to work every day. I'm looking
    > for recommendations/tips/ideas for healthy lunches.
    > Have any of you gotten into this habit, and if so, what kinds of
    > healthy lunch recipes do you use?
    >

    I very rarely went out to lunch. I got in the habit years ago of cooking
    enough on weekends to have leftovers to take for lunch. Pot roast, lasagna,
    roast chicken, soups & stews, vegetables. Most things freeze well, just
    take a look at what's in the freezer case at the grocery store. You can
    make and freeze or refrigerate your own microwaveble "entrees" with the
    benefit of knowing exactly what went into them.

    Jill


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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Resist going out for lunch at work!

    JAT23 wrote:
    > I got into the habit of going out for lunch nearly every day at work,
    > and I quickly realized that this is a good way to shrink my wallet
    > and expand my waistline.
    >
    > So I am on a mission to bring my lunch to work every day. I'm looking
    > for recommendations/tips/ideas for healthy lunches.
    > Have any of you gotten into this habit, and if so, what kinds of
    > healthy lunch recipes do you use?
    >

    I very rarely went out to lunch. I got in the habit years ago of cooking
    enough on weekends to have leftovers to take for lunch. Pot roast, lasagna,
    roast chicken, soups & stews, vegetables. Most things freeze well, just
    take a look at what's in the freezer case at the grocery store. You can
    make and freeze or refrigerate your own microwaveble "entrees" with the
    benefit of knowing exactly what went into them.

    Jill


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    cybercat Guest

    Default Re: Resist going out for lunch at work!


    "JAT23" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >I got into the habit of going out for lunch nearly every day at work,
    > and I quickly realized that this is a good way to shrink my wallet
    > and expand my waistline.
    >
    > So I am on a mission to bring my lunch to work every day. I'm looking
    > for recommendations/tips/ideas for healthy lunches.
    > Have any of you gotten into this habit, and if so, what kinds of
    > healthy lunch recipes do you use?
    >


    Is there a microwave where you work?



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    cybercat Guest

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    "JAT23" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >I got into the habit of going out for lunch nearly every day at work,
    > and I quickly realized that this is a good way to shrink my wallet
    > and expand my waistline.
    >
    > So I am on a mission to bring my lunch to work every day. I'm looking
    > for recommendations/tips/ideas for healthy lunches.
    > Have any of you gotten into this habit, and if so, what kinds of
    > healthy lunch recipes do you use?
    >


    Is there a microwave where you work?



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    aem Guest

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    On Apr 22, 8:37*am, JeffTaylor1...@gmail-dot-com.no-spam.invalid
    (JAT23) wrote:
    > I got into the habit of going out for lunch nearly every day at work,
    > and I quickly realized that this is a good way to shrink my wallet
    > and expand my waistline.
    >
    > So I am on a mission to bring my lunch to work every day. *I'm looking
    > for recommendations/tips/ideas for healthy lunches.
    > Have any of you gotten into this habit, and if so, what kinds of
    > healthy lunch recipes do you use?


    Anything you like is the basic answer, from soups to sandwiches to
    salads to leftovers. Your co-workers will like it if you refrain from
    powerful-smelling things. Your boss will like it if you don't eat at
    your desk. If your workplace offers a lunchroom or something similar,
    use it, but it's also good practice to get out of the office. When I
    was a boss-type I used to go into the lunchroom now and then and
    encourage people to go out and take a lap or two around the building
    when they were through eating. The air, the exercise, and just being
    out of the workplace are all good for you. -aem

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    aem Guest

    Default Re: Resist going out for lunch at work!

    On Apr 22, 8:37*am, JeffTaylor1...@gmail-dot-com.no-spam.invalid
    (JAT23) wrote:
    > I got into the habit of going out for lunch nearly every day at work,
    > and I quickly realized that this is a good way to shrink my wallet
    > and expand my waistline.
    >
    > So I am on a mission to bring my lunch to work every day. *I'm looking
    > for recommendations/tips/ideas for healthy lunches.
    > Have any of you gotten into this habit, and if so, what kinds of
    > healthy lunch recipes do you use?


    Anything you like is the basic answer, from soups to sandwiches to
    salads to leftovers. Your co-workers will like it if you refrain from
    powerful-smelling things. Your boss will like it if you don't eat at
    your desk. If your workplace offers a lunchroom or something similar,
    use it, but it's also good practice to get out of the office. When I
    was a boss-type I used to go into the lunchroom now and then and
    encourage people to go out and take a lap or two around the building
    when they were through eating. The air, the exercise, and just being
    out of the workplace are all good for you. -aem

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    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Resist going out for lunch at work!

    On Tue 22 Apr 2008 08:37:02a, JAT23 told us...

    > I got into the habit of going out for lunch nearly every day at work,
    > and I quickly realized that this is a good way to shrink my wallet
    > and expand my waistline.
    >
    > So I am on a mission to bring my lunch to work every day. I'm looking
    > for recommendations/tips/ideas for healthy lunches.
    > Have any of you gotten into this habit, and if so, what kinds of
    > healthy lunch recipes do you use?
    >


    For some time we have been taking our lunches to work on a regular basis,
    both for financial and weight-loss reasons. However, I'm often very lazy
    about putting together a weight-conscience lunch. When I find good sales
    on Weight-Watcher's Smart Ones or Lean Cuisines, I stock up the freezer.
    On other occasions I will put together the ingredients for a hearty
    sandwich using low-fat deli meat, along with raw vegetables. I have a
    mini-fridge in my own office where I keep pickles of varous sorts and
    condiments. Occasionally, if I have chili in the freezer, I will take
    that. I'm not fond of "left-overs", even to eat at home the next day.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
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    Tuesday, 04(IV)/22(XXII)/08(MMVIII)
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    Today is: Earth Day
    Countdown till Memorial Day
    4wks 5dys 13hrs 50mins
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    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Resist going out for lunch at work!

    On Tue 22 Apr 2008 08:37:02a, JAT23 told us...

    > I got into the habit of going out for lunch nearly every day at work,
    > and I quickly realized that this is a good way to shrink my wallet
    > and expand my waistline.
    >
    > So I am on a mission to bring my lunch to work every day. I'm looking
    > for recommendations/tips/ideas for healthy lunches.
    > Have any of you gotten into this habit, and if so, what kinds of
    > healthy lunch recipes do you use?
    >


    For some time we have been taking our lunches to work on a regular basis,
    both for financial and weight-loss reasons. However, I'm often very lazy
    about putting together a weight-conscience lunch. When I find good sales
    on Weight-Watcher's Smart Ones or Lean Cuisines, I stock up the freezer.
    On other occasions I will put together the ingredients for a hearty
    sandwich using low-fat deli meat, along with raw vegetables. I have a
    mini-fridge in my own office where I keep pickles of varous sorts and
    condiments. Occasionally, if I have chili in the freezer, I will take
    that. I'm not fond of "left-overs", even to eat at home the next day.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    -------------------------------------------
    Tuesday, 04(IV)/22(XXII)/08(MMVIII)
    -------------------------------------------
    Today is: Earth Day
    Countdown till Memorial Day
    4wks 5dys 13hrs 50mins
    -------------------------------------------
    Cats know curtains are for climbing.
    -------------------------------------------


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    Goomba38 Guest

    Default Re: Resist going out for lunch at work!

    aem wrote:

    > Anything you like is the basic answer, from soups to sandwiches to
    > salads to leftovers. Your co-workers will like it if you refrain from
    > powerful-smelling things. Your boss will like it if you don't eat at
    > your desk. If your workplace offers a lunchroom or something similar,
    > use it, but it's also good practice to get out of the office. When I
    > was a boss-type I used to go into the lunchroom now and then and
    > encourage people to go out and take a lap or two around the building
    > when they were through eating. The air, the exercise, and just being
    > out of the workplace are all good for you. -aem


    And I would add to this excellent list of suggestions that sometimes it
    is GOOD to go out with your co-workers. Don't set yourself up as
    stand-offish (poor, cheap, snobbish, whatever). Sometimes working
    relationships *are* improved by breaking bread together.

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    Goomba38 Guest

    Default Re: Resist going out for lunch at work!

    aem wrote:

    > Anything you like is the basic answer, from soups to sandwiches to
    > salads to leftovers. Your co-workers will like it if you refrain from
    > powerful-smelling things. Your boss will like it if you don't eat at
    > your desk. If your workplace offers a lunchroom or something similar,
    > use it, but it's also good practice to get out of the office. When I
    > was a boss-type I used to go into the lunchroom now and then and
    > encourage people to go out and take a lap or two around the building
    > when they were through eating. The air, the exercise, and just being
    > out of the workplace are all good for you. -aem


    And I would add to this excellent list of suggestions that sometimes it
    is GOOD to go out with your co-workers. Don't set yourself up as
    stand-offish (poor, cheap, snobbish, whatever). Sometimes working
    relationships *are* improved by breaking bread together.

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    TammyM Guest

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    "JAT23" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >I got into the habit of going out for lunch nearly every day at work,
    > and I quickly realized that this is a good way to shrink my wallet
    > and expand my waistline.
    >
    > So I am on a mission to bring my lunch to work every day. I'm looking
    > for recommendations/tips/ideas for healthy lunches.
    > Have any of you gotten into this habit, and if so, what kinds of
    > healthy lunch recipes do you use?


    I'm a soup-a-holic. I made a wonderful chickpea soup for this week's
    lunches. I eat a lot of soups, particularly bean-based soups, and cook up
    the beans in my pressure cooker. I also enjoy protein-rich salads: I
    broiled a flank steak last night and then sliced it very thinly. I'll
    combine it with spinach/iceberg (I love the crunch of iceberg!), cucs, bell
    peppers, jicama and mint & cilantro, and dress it with a dressing of lime
    juice, a bit of sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, minced Thai peppers.

    I enjoy planning my lunches which tend to be my main meal of the day.

    TammyM



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    TammyM Guest

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    "JAT23" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >I got into the habit of going out for lunch nearly every day at work,
    > and I quickly realized that this is a good way to shrink my wallet
    > and expand my waistline.
    >
    > So I am on a mission to bring my lunch to work every day. I'm looking
    > for recommendations/tips/ideas for healthy lunches.
    > Have any of you gotten into this habit, and if so, what kinds of
    > healthy lunch recipes do you use?


    I'm a soup-a-holic. I made a wonderful chickpea soup for this week's
    lunches. I eat a lot of soups, particularly bean-based soups, and cook up
    the beans in my pressure cooker. I also enjoy protein-rich salads: I
    broiled a flank steak last night and then sliced it very thinly. I'll
    combine it with spinach/iceberg (I love the crunch of iceberg!), cucs, bell
    peppers, jicama and mint & cilantro, and dress it with a dressing of lime
    juice, a bit of sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, minced Thai peppers.

    I enjoy planning my lunches which tend to be my main meal of the day.

    TammyM



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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Resist going out for lunch at work!

    Goomba38 wrote:
    > aem wrote:
    >
    >> Anything you like is the basic answer, from soups to sandwiches to
    >> salads to leftovers. Your co-workers will like it if you refrain
    >> from powerful-smelling things. Your boss will like it if you don't
    >> eat at your desk. If your workplace offers a lunchroom or something
    >> similar, use it, but it's also good practice to get out of the
    >> office. When I was a boss-type I used to go into the lunchroom now
    >> and then and encourage people to go out and take a lap or two around
    >> the building when they were through eating. The air, the exercise,
    >> and just being out of the workplace are all good for you. -aem

    >
    > And I would add to this excellent list of suggestions that sometimes
    > it is GOOD to go out with your co-workers. Don't set yourself up as
    > stand-offish (poor, cheap, snobbish, whatever). Sometimes working
    > relationships *are* improved by breaking bread together.
    >

    I'd go out with folks every couple of months (in fact I still meet them for
    lunch a few times a year). Problem was we didn't all have the same lunch
    hour. When I did software tech support the phones had to be covered. Two
    of the women I lunched with frequently moved to other departments and were
    able to work around my lunch time; I couldn't always swap lunch times with
    someone in my department.

    Jill


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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Resist going out for lunch at work!

    Goomba38 wrote:
    > aem wrote:
    >
    >> Anything you like is the basic answer, from soups to sandwiches to
    >> salads to leftovers. Your co-workers will like it if you refrain
    >> from powerful-smelling things. Your boss will like it if you don't
    >> eat at your desk. If your workplace offers a lunchroom or something
    >> similar, use it, but it's also good practice to get out of the
    >> office. When I was a boss-type I used to go into the lunchroom now
    >> and then and encourage people to go out and take a lap or two around
    >> the building when they were through eating. The air, the exercise,
    >> and just being out of the workplace are all good for you. -aem

    >
    > And I would add to this excellent list of suggestions that sometimes
    > it is GOOD to go out with your co-workers. Don't set yourself up as
    > stand-offish (poor, cheap, snobbish, whatever). Sometimes working
    > relationships *are* improved by breaking bread together.
    >

    I'd go out with folks every couple of months (in fact I still meet them for
    lunch a few times a year). Problem was we didn't all have the same lunch
    hour. When I did software tech support the phones had to be covered. Two
    of the women I lunched with frequently moved to other departments and were
    able to work around my lunch time; I couldn't always swap lunch times with
    someone in my department.

    Jill


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    Default User Guest

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    aem wrote:


    > Your boss will like it if you don't eat at your desk.


    Eh? Why would she care about that?




    Brian

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    If televison's a babysitter, the Internet is a drunk librarian who
    won't shut up.
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    Default User Guest

    Default Re: Resist going out for lunch at work!

    aem wrote:


    > Your boss will like it if you don't eat at your desk.


    Eh? Why would she care about that?




    Brian

    --
    If televison's a babysitter, the Internet is a drunk librarian who
    won't shut up.
    -- Dorothy Gambrell (http://catandgirl.com)

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    [email protected] Guest

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    The first step is to do what you say you want to do . . . i.e., bring
    your lunch; not go out for lunch. That said, bring something you
    like. If you worry too much about what to bring you may sabotage your
    efforts. Congratulate yourself now for putting yourself on the right
    track. Chances are, anything you cook at home will be more nutritious
    then something you buy when going out for lunch. Use healthy fats
    when cooking, use fresh vegetables, make sandwiches, take fruits (cut
    'em up so there like a 'natural' candy all ready to eat). Lastly,
    don't include obvious perpetrators--chips and soda or other such
    things with huge amounts of fat or sugar. Every now and then have a
    bag of chips or bake at home. Make yourself some cookies or scones or
    cupcakes. You don't have to eat them all yourself--share them--Share
    them with me--kidding. You know what I mean though. Great Luck !

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