Tip: Check salad thouroughly for bodily...items...before consuming.
That being said, DH and I are making a valiant effort to eat better and get in shape. I have been bringing a variety of items with me to work in case I need a snack- all healthy stuff, like soy yogurt, cut up veggies to chew on (I'm also trying to quit smoking), popcorn, and fruit. I also bring a huge bottle of water with me and HAVE TO DRINK IT (my rule) before I am allowed to go home in the morning. With this, I bring my 'meal' (usually a salad and another item with some protein in it). I eat a small dinner before I go, and in the morning I eat a bowl of cereal with soy milk and cut-up fruit in it. So far this is working quite well (with one...hairy exception...that I wish not to discuss here). I am also taking the stairs anytime I have to go down a floor or two or three, rather than the elevator. NOt quite up to taking the stairs UP yet (did you not get the fact that I'm out of shape?) ;>P but that will be coming in the forseeable future. Oh, and sugarless gum. Lots of it. Chew it like cud, really. Like I'm going to drop dead without it (could be the quitting-smoking-thing).
I was horrible about not bringing stuff with me to work, so I've partially combatted this by:
a) Buying pre-cut veggies and ziplocking them the day I get home from the store so they're available to grab. I'm always in a hurry, it seems.
b) Getting a HUGE tupperware container and filling it with salad THE DAY I BUY GROCERIES. I have baby spinach, iceburg lettuce, cherry tomatos, cucumbers, red onion, and mushrooms in there, a tiny sprinkling of grated cheese (it's got calcium and protein and it tastes good, darn it) and a handful of croutons (I'm not perfect!). That way when I'm ready to leave I can just throw a handful in a small container and go.
c) Having lots of fruits on hand that can just be tossed into the bag (apples, nectarines, oranges, bananas, etc.)
d) Taking five minutes a day to see if I can prepare something ahead of time (ie, tuna salad, make a sandwich, etc.) so I won't be able to say, whoops, didn't make anything, guess I can order takeout tonight.
As an aside, I had a craving today, after almost 2 weeks of eating well and exercising. I wanted Popeyes. I live in the south, and they play these commercials ALL DAY on the radio and TV. You can't escape. I said, hey, I deserve a treat and besides, if I feel like I'm deprived, this won't work. So I got a 2 piece combo for lunch. I ate half of it and felt sick to my stomach. I feel like crap now, but the good news is that this whole change of eating thing seems to be working, because all I kept thinking was, dang, if I had only just gone to Wendy's...I could have had a salad or chili. ;>) Good luck!
Now if I could only figure out how to incorporate more exercise on the days I work, I'd be set... (rubbing chin)
EDITED for fricked up spelling.