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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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    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.
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    Quote 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.
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    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.
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    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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    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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    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!
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    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
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    Quote 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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    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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