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No Time for Dinner

Friday, April 02, 2010

Although I am not working the most ideal shift, I really like my new second job. It's a bit empowering to know that I can make enough to pay our big old mortgage. With my new job, I am leaving my house at 10:15 a.m. and I return at a little after 9 p.m. I eat lunch with the kids in my class, but I don't really have a dinner a time. So, I have been eating in my car while driving from one clients house to another (I am a behavior therapist working with kids with autism-in home sessions). The first day, I found out that it is hard to eat a sandwich while driving. The second day, I sliced my peanut butter and jelly into sixths and it was much easier. I eat carrot sticks, an apple, and a sandwich for dinner in the car. Now, I have lost about six pounds this week, and I am thinking I need to add in or change something. I think that is too much, too fast. What kind of nutritious foods can I add, that I could bring with me, and eat while driving? I like losing weight, but I know that losing too fast is bad for my metabolism and can cause plateaus in the future. I need to be able to make it fast, eat it fast, and still have it be healthy. I think today, I am going to try to add a little to my lunch. Any ideas for meals on the go.
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    Nuts! Get the unsalted kind.
    3989 days ago
    My suggestions for a protein boost would be string cheese or hard-boiled eggs. Beef/turkey/pork jerky has good protein, but also lots of sodium, but could be an occasional treat... Another could be homemade chicken strips (baked) if you have refrigeration and a microwave available at the first job. Cheese other than string cheese would also be good, but would profit from refrigeration during the first job. Pretzels, breadsticks, Rye-Krisp are good choices -- Wheat Thins have more fat calories, Triscuits have quite a bit of sodium. I like the dried fruits that Wal-Mart carries.
    3989 days ago
    You rock! Good for you for taking the bull by the horns - both with work/finances and with staying on track. :) Since I use to eat in the car all the time, some of the healthier things I used (there were plenty of unhealthy things, but I'll leave off the things like Snickers!) were: hard-boiled eggs, mix of walnuts/cranraisins/cinnamon, milk, baby carrots, string cheese, pita sandwiches (especially with something easy, like pb or hummus), pretzels... I always kept (still do, actually) a protein bar handy, too. Good luck!
    3989 days ago
    protein bars.

    Pick up a box at the pharmacy section in your local Target or Walmart - "Pure Protein" brand has a good protein / calorie ratio.

    An added benefit is that you can leave them in the glove box, your purse, etc. for emergencies.

    If you want ones that don't have any melty coating (since you live in a warm climate) I recommend Dixie Diners Crunchy Apple Soy Rocks.

    3989 days ago
    Things I have eaten on the go while driving (did this for years!):

    String cheese
    bell pepper slices
    wheat thin crackers
    tortilla wraps
    slices of turkey

    I'll let you know if I think of others.

    That is awesome that you are enjoying your work and feeling so empowered. A big woohoo to you.
    3989 days ago
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