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    I work at a bakery that gets very busy at lunch time, which is messing up my eating habits. I usually bring a salad and some kind of meat to eat for lunch, but I'm so busy that I end up stealing a bite whenever I can, I don't get to take time out to savor my meal. For the past few months I've been snacking when I get home from work, I think because I am deprived of the eating experience at lunch time! The things I'm snacking on certainly aren't primal.

    I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on how to manage eating when you work in a fast paced environment. Should I wait until I get home (3 pm) to eat lunch? Or should I eat lunch while I'm at work and find something else to do when I get home? Does it make sense to feel deprived even though you've already eaten? I really need help managing my eating. I feel best when I eat primal foods, and my current habits are ruining my diet and my mood!

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    I would eat when you get home, or sit down & chow down before the lunch rush.
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    • #3
      You snack because you are hungry; perhaps eat a larger breakfast and have something for a quick snack, or a protein shake, then you will be less apt to give in to the cravings.
      This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Digby View Post
        You snack because you are hungry; perhaps eat a larger breakfast and have something for a quick snack, or a protein shake, then you will be less apt to give in to the cravings.
        +1

        If you can handle dairy, try this. Take 8 oz of heavy whipping cream, 1-2 packs of stevia and some vanilla, mix, and drink through a straw. Its sort of like melted vanilla ice cream or a thin vanilla milkshake and it really keeps you full for a long time.
        Georgette

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        • #5
          I'll put in another vote for rearranging your eating schedule to avoid trying to have lunch during that rush. I know that for ME if I eat a meal in a hurry, or while I'm very distracted (such as working through lunch) I don't feel as satisfied and end up snacking more. There IS a psychological component of eating for a lot of people.
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          • #6
            When I had a job that kept me busy throughout the lunch hour--and beyond--I had a big breakfast, skipped lunch, and ate my only other meal for the day when I got home, usually 4 or 5 pm. If you think you need something in between, I'd take a snack--a piece of cheese if you eat dairy or a hardboiled egg. I found that it was so much better not to try to eat lunch in a hectic environment, and I really enjoyed my meal when I got home.

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            • #7
              Sardines. When I eat a tin of sardines, I'm so satiated almost nothing would induce me to put another piece of food in my mouth. And, they don't take long to eat, could easily be done on a short break!
              "If man made it, don't eat it." ..Jack LaLanne
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              • #8
                Insist on at least a half hour break for lunch, before or after the busy time. Here, meal breaks are required by law if your shift is over five hours. There is very good sense behind such regulation
                Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

                Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by peril View Post
                  Insist on at least a half hour break for lunch, before or after the busy time. Here, meal breaks are required by law if your shift is over five hours. There is very good sense behind such regulation
                  Exactly that was my thought immediately!
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                  • #10
                    I'm a hairdresser and often times I don't get a lunch... I have been learning to IF for a bit and do more like 2 meals a day. I'll throw down a handful of almonds and chug a liter of water... Then I can get to dinner and feel fine.

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                    • #11
                      Waitasecond.... you work at a BAKERY and you're primal?? That's some serious willpower!

                      Anyway. I work in a surgical practice and never get to eat lunch at "lunchtime." I'll throw back a hardboiled egg or a handful of nuts&berries if I have a moment. It will usually hold me over until I can sit down for lunch. You might just need to eat before the lunch rush, or when you get home. Are lunch breaks required by law in your area?
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                      • #12
                        Smaller meal pre-lunch? I've had to re-arrange my eating schedule to do work but the body will adjust as long as routine is usually similar. Maybe now you are eating breakfast, skipping lunch, then eating too much at dinner? Of if you don't eat breakfast that might also explain the snacking if you are waiting that long to eat. So you could eat a bigger breakfast, skip lunch and then do dinner OR skip breakfast, eat a lighter pre-lunch, then a bigger dinner.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by geostump View Post
                          +1

                          If you can handle dairy, try this. Take 8 oz of heavy whipping cream, 1-2 packs of stevia and some vanilla, mix, and drink through a straw. Its sort of like melted vanilla ice cream or a thin vanilla milkshake and it really keeps you full for a long time.

                          I do this with a couple of added organic raw eggs and will substitute coconut milk for the heavy whipping cream. OMG so good.
                          I think the key is getting good fat in.
                          "You can always do more than you think you can !" Sensei Scash

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Karate Lisa View Post
                            I do this with a couple of added organic raw eggs and will substitute coconut milk for the heavy whipping cream. OMG so good.
                            I think the key is getting good fat in.
                            I don't like coconut milk. Had that for the first time yesterday and did my first inadvertent 19 hr IF. I've been thinking about adding the raw eggs but organic or not, that just seems a bit scary in my estimation. Yes, I will agree, you need to get some good fat in you for this to work to the OP.
                            Georgette

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                            • #15
                              thank you for the advice everyone.. i am thinking that maybe i don't include enough fat in my meals. i think i'm going to try eating a larger breakfast and maybe eating a small snack while i'm at work and see how that works out.

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