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  • Job VS Primal

    Anyone else out there have a job that conflicts with their eating beliefs...?

    I love my job... but it certainly can. I work for a Large-Well-Known-Natural-Foods-Market, which allows for plenty of opportunities to eat primal at work (I mean, we have the awesomest salad bar around, a smokehouse, seafood ready to be steamed right there, and a plethora of oils, nuts, and seeds...), but part of my specific jobs involves demoing grocery foods. Cereals. Granolas. Cookies. Chips. Bloody cake frosting. On a spoon!

    Usually, I try and tout things about the product that I'm asked to do, but...

    Anyway, I'm supposed to try the stuff before handing it out-- and then hand it out for like four hours! Can you imagine? Cutting and passing out organic thin-mint cookie things for four hours? Just wondered if anyone else had any kind of odd conflict like this?

    -写
    Little Saiyan

  • #2
    It doesnt really effect my diet, but it effects those I work with. I work with mentally challenged adults and some of them are on strict diets. So often times I have to encourage a client to eat something that is totally not primal. No wonder they aren't losing the weight they are supposed to. lol.

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    • #3
      Not so much my eating beliefs as my living beliefs. I'm a court runner / file clerk, which means I get to run files in between 4 floors of an office building using the stairs, and deliver documents around the downtown area including the court house, which is great, but with 3 clerks and me being the newest, I get to make the outside deliveries only once a week. The rest of the time I'm at a desk doing menial tasks. It's not horrible, but it's not what I want, either. This feeling of what a waste of my life and health it is to be a willing wage slave is really starting to disturb me.
      You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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      • #4
        @Primalchild: Not to threadjack, but that's why I went back to graduate school. Ten years plus of wage slavery killed my appetite for doing anything other than what I'm called to do: teaching and research. Even though I'm not making anything like what a 39-year-old man normally makes in this society due to the fact that my work is going to grad school in order to train to be a professor, I'm happier than I ever was when I was trapped behind a desk making ten bucks an hour. Never Again.
        Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Primalchild View Post
          This feeling of what a waste of my life and health it is to be a willing wage slave is really starting to disturb me.
          co-sign x 1000
          I began this Primal journey on December 30th, 2009 and in that time I've lost over 125 LBS.

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          • #6
            Not really conflicts but it is tuff when my job buys essentially unlimited pizza the Tuesday of every 6th week. I can litterally eat two whole pizzas and it pains me to watch others chow down while I eat a salad with chicken lol.
            "Live Free or Die"

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            • #7
              I'm so thankful for my job. The pay isn't much at all, but the other benefits seem to be making up for it. It's so laid back. The people are good. I can wear whatever I want, including VFFs without any problems. I'm "out of the broom closet" and nobody gives me a hard time for wearing my pentacle. They don't mind my piercings and tattoos. I can cook what I want for lunch on my electric griddle, which means healthy Primal lunches. I sit parts of the day, walk and stand parts of the day, and occasionally have to live heavy spools, so even the manner of my work is pretty Primal. Getting days off is easy too. I just wish I got paid more. *sigh*

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bostonbully View Post
                Not really conflicts but it is tuff when my job buys essentially unlimited pizza the Tuesday of every 6th week. I can litterally eat two whole pizzas and it pains me to watch others chow down while I eat a salad with chicken lol.
                I know how you feel. Twice a month we have these awesome management/personal development meetings. There is always loads of pizza. I'm going with the "testing to see if I'm gluten intolerant" until further notice.
                "To shed all the illusory rights & hesitations of history demands the economy of some legendary Stone Age--shamans not priests, bards not lords, hunters not police, gatherers of paleolithic laziness, gentle as blood, going naked for a sign or painted as birds, poised on the wave of explicit presence, the clockless nowever." --Hakim Bey, TAZ

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                • #9
                  I've not heard the term 'wage slave' before but I guess that's what you can label me. But, I also enjoy owning my own home and being able to not stress about cost of living so for now, I'm ok with it. Would it be nice to go work at a vet tech? Sure. But my life would have to be drastically simplified.
                  But that said, I do work shiftwork which currently has me coming in at 0500. Affecting my sleep. And I will rotate to a 12 hr overnight shift here pretty quickly. Which will affect my sleep. I've rearranged my desk so that I can stand most of the day...which allows for better brain use as well as work on a chronic foot injury. At home, I have 2 dogs that require work, a yard, a house to clean/repair/maintain, an SO and an 8 yr old kid all of who need physical and mental energy.
                  So while my life isn't necessarily conducive to PB, I make it work the best I can for me.
                  Now, excuse me while I lug a wheelbarrow full of topsoil around to the back.
                  Even if you fall flat on your face, at least you're moving forward!

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                  • #10
                    Griff, I understand you 100%. I'm miserable at my job as an executive assistant - I get to schedule meetings and order lunch, which is what I dreamed of doing when I was a little girl, yay!! :-P I'm planning on going back to do my PhD in my true calling - history. Sure I'll be broke (my current job doesn't pay that great either, but it's still considerably more than the annual graduate funding package) but I know I'll me a million times happier. Sometimes I feel "spoiled" or "greedy" for doing what I love instead of doing what I "should be doing" (a proper job) but you only live once and I'm not going to waste away my 20s putting up with a blood-sucking exec.

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                    • #11
                      im so happy about my job and also my workmates - i can wear/eat/look like whatever i want + we have a huge campus gym (actually many around town) that are free for us and we are actually encouraged to work out DURING the workday
                      challenge yourself
                      i blog here http://theprimalwoman.blogspot.com/

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                      • #12
                        I'm a trial attorney, so it fits in just fine as I never have time for lunch. What used to be "working through lunch" is now "intermittent fasting."

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                        • #13
                          I really enjoy hanging out with kidlets at home and doing all my "menial" tasks. The job I had pre-kidlets was in an office where I was a manager and worked over 75 hours a week. It was killing me physically, mentally and spiritually. Even my worst day as a SAHM has been better than my best-day-ever working. I'm so grateful that I can be at home plus it fits in with primal really well.

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                          • #14
                            My job as a graduate student in biochemistry doesn't conflict with a primal lifestyle much... except the fact that there's free junk food around almost every day and it's hard to get nearly enough sleep.

                            But lately I've been thinking that after I graduate maybe I should try to get into a field that has something to do with human health/metabolism/nutrition so I can use all this information I've gathered in my spare time. =]

                            Primal, I recently stopped eating lunch, and I'm mad at myself for not doing it sooner - I can get so much more done this way!
                            "mayness, you need to have a siggy line that says "Paleo Information Desk" or something!" -FMN <3

                            I'm blogging again, at least a little bit.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mayness View Post
                              Primal, I recently stopped eating lunch, and I'm mad at myself for not doing it sooner - I can get so much more done this way!
                              Definitely. Also, the 10 bucks a day in my pocket is nice, too....

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