Post # 1
Within the past 6 months I have really jumped on the Clean Eating bandwagon. I plan out all my meals every Sunday for the week, including work lunches.
I bring a big Thirty-One bag with all my food to work each day. I use a good 10-12 tupperware style containers to bring everything to work. My co-workers watch me unload everything into the fridge as we’re all around the kitchen/coffee area every morning. They all know that I bring plenty and won’t need to run out at lunchtime.
My boss doesn’t plan out any meals and sort of flies by the seat of their pants when it comes to lunch. They ask me at least 3 times a week if I will drive them to a nearby grocery store so they can get something. At first, I said yes, because they are my boss and I felt bad saying no. Then I realized I was wasting a ton of gas and hurrying my own lunch to help them out. So I started saying “No, not today”, “I don’t think I’m leaving today”, “I’m staying here today”, “I brought all my food”, etc.
They just WILL NOT stop asking! Every single week. It’s so frustrating!!
Post # 3
@MrsD41503: I’m very interested in clean eating. May you post some sample meals?
Why would you have to drive your boss to the store, does your boss not drive? I can’t see how that would be your responsibility?
Post # 4
@MsYankee: They share a car with their spouse, so it’s basically never at work. It shouldn’t be my responsibility.
Clean eating: you try and eat food in it’s most natural form. No processed foods, stay away from white flour and chemically enhanced foods and complex carbs. A google search will help you find a ton of links to different websites on clean eating. It’s really simple, as my husband says “eat like our great grandparents did!” before our food was all over processed and unhealthy. I heard that we are no longer eating actual food, but more ‘food like products’.
A sample dinner for us would include some lean protein (fish or chicken), veggies (frozen or fresh) and a non-complex carb like a sweet potato.
If we want something that’s not clean, we still have it. My husband had a hardcore craving for a Twix, so he bought one last time we were shopping. It’s true that once you start eating healthy you crave healthy.
Post # 5
@MsYankee: I should also mention that it can, obviously, lead to weight loss. We really started tracking it about mid-April when we realized our pants were getting baggy. I’ve lost 16 lbs since then and my husband has lost around 10. You just feel so much more full for longer off the good foods!
Post # 6
Count me in as interested in the samples!
Post # 7
@MrsD41503: I think you’re doing the right thing by not taxiing your boss all the time. The next time s/he asks, you might want to try to just shut it down for good by saying something like “I always bring my own lunch so that I don’t have to go out, because I prefer to save the time and the gas.” Maybe that will get the message across?
Post # 8
@MsYankee: Not that it’s terribly interesting, but last night we had shrimp & veggies. I put the shrimp and broccoli/cauliflower on a baking sheet and drizzled a little olive oil over them, sprinkled some garlic and onion around on top, stirred it all up and served over a bit of brown rice. It was pretty delicious for how simple it was! We each had around 10 shrimp and about a cup or so of the veggies. All served on about a 1/2 cup of the brown rice.
For breakfasts we really like oatmeal – we usually just buy the organic oats and top with fruit and cinnamon. (I like blueberries, strawberries, or apples cut up real small).
Lunches are usually salads, hummus and crackers/cut up veggies with a side of fruit. It sounds really simple and boring, but honestly it’s so tasty and you feel full and satisfied after eating real food!!
Post # 9
This is a really bizarre request. Most of us bring our own lunches in my office.. it’s just too expensive and unhealthy to eat out every single day. I only eat out for the occasional treat.
It doesn’t take that much planning lol.. your boss is weird. We generally cook a big meal on Sunday and have leftovers for much of the week. For the remaining days we’ll make sandwiches or have some soup or salad or do something simple like that.
Post # 10
@canarydiamond: They LOVE fast food and items from the hot deli at the grocery store need our department. I honestly could barf just smelling fast food some days, it’s like the most obnoxious smell in our small department.