Eating Habits during WFH

Curious what people are snacking on with WFH being so prevalent. I'm a student, but find myself sitting in front of a computer all day regardless. Can be tough to drag myself away from the work to cook something and healthy foods in my diet are quickly becoming nonexistent. Been leaning on a yogurt for breakfast Cheerios & a banana for lunch, and Mac & cheese for dinner... not great. Suggestions?

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Mar 15, 2021 - 4:16pm

Don't buy garbage food, you can't eat it if it's not there. Think about the meals and healthy snacks you want to cook and create a list with the ingredients needed to cook those meals and only buy the things on that list when at the grocery store. Your options at that point are cook or go hungry, assuming you don't breakdown and get uber eats or something. One of the biggest pitfalls for many people's diet is going to the grocery store without direction, resulting in a house full of junk food and diabetes.

Mar 15, 2021 - 8:19pm

Monty Burns

Two words: air fryer

My wife got one and she now eats exclusively using that thing. Steaks come out pretty good in it.

I live off of Fairlife whole milk, beef, sardines, eggs, white rice, and white potatoes. And pickled beets and pickles. Anything pickled, really. And sauerkraut. And gatorade.

I CAN NOT HANDLE SPICY AT ALL

Some people say they can't handle spicy. No, you don't get it. I will start sweating profusely if there's some black pepper on my shit. Like I will sweat through a shirt to the point of complete saturation.

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Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Mar 15, 2021 - 8:34pm

Some thoughts below on easy prep snacks, meals or whatever - all of which, in general, are not that expensive. I second what everyone else says, your diet will inevitably fall to whatever is closest to you. Can you get fat eating hummus and carrots? Maybe - but I say good luck eating that many carrots, and hummus is pretty filling. Your other option would be to buy a slow cooker, look up one pot recipes and go to town - pork shoulder is awesome, cheap and about as easy as it gets to make. 

1. Overnight oats. Use almond milk, feel free to add protein powder. Add banana, cocoa powder, honey, whatever makes you happy. Get a cheap pack of six mason jars and make them all once a week. Delicious, nutritious (as long as you don't add a ton of crazy shit) and great any time of day. 

2. Rotisserie chicken + sauces. I used to eat these all the time, they generally aren't expensive and you can get a meal or two out of it. If you are feeling really ambitious, cook the leftover bones for a delicious broth and/or soup. Add your favorite sauces and go to town. 

3. Peanut butter and celery - as long as you keep the peanut butter somewhat controlled, you'll be fine. 

4. Popcorn - as long as you don't drown it in butter, great snack. Easy as hell to make. 

5. Veggies and Hummus - again, in limited quantities a great snack. 

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Mar 16, 2021 - 11:35am

I don't snack

eggs and avocados in AM

leftovers for lunch

dinner is almost always some combination of rice, vegetables, spices, and maybe meat. usually asian, sometimes african, caribbean, middle eastern, etc.

only pivot I'll do is when we have italian (less veg, more meat and sauces, but fuck it) or I just feel like eating a steak in which case it's a high quality ribeye with nothing but salt on it

if you're on a student budget, trader joe's does pretty well with frozen stir fry meals, limited additives and sugars, can be ready in just a few minutes if you have a stove and a frying pan. good way to eat for 1 and get a nice array of veggies at a good price.

I'd also suggest doing a free trial of a bunch of meal prep kits to make it easier. once you find what you enjoy cooking, cancel the membership, buy the ingredients yourself, and then it won't feel like a chore anymore. 

ditto to whoever said keep garbage out of the house. buy fruit, if you want a snack, eat that. 

Mar 16, 2021 - 3:34pm

yeah you gotta hack your way to clean eating early on which is really fuckin tough if you're broke and/or living alone. I lived alone for a while and it's nearly impossible to keep produce fresh for an entire week unless you're buying small quantities every other day (and grocers don't sell small quantities). TJ is a good way around that because nutritionally, frozen produce is equal to the fresh stuff (taste and texture will vary however)

another option is primal kitchen, while they're owned by kraft heinz (the king of processed bullshit), they've mostly kept their paws off the product and it's clean eating, paleo friendly stuff.

Mar 16, 2021 - 12:00pm

I'll echo what someone above said: if you don't buy bad food, you can't easily eat it.

Here's what I eat during a normal workday:

  • Breakfast
    • Three eggs scrambled, mixed with half a can of black beans, half an avocado, salsa and sour cream
    • Protein shake to wash it down
  • Morning snack
    • Clif bar (I've been trying to find an alternative that doesn't have much sugar but haven't found something I like yet)
    • Shell-less pistachios 
  • Lunch
    • Frozen healthy power bowl
  • Afternoon snack
    • Homemade fruit smoothie (orange juice base, two bananas, greek yogurt, berries, scoop of protein powder, frozen berries)
  • Dinner
    • Healthy bowl from a few different local places   

I've found spacing out the eating really helps get me through the day and I end up not being too hungry at any given point. 

Mar 16, 2021 - 1:18pm

Darth Vlookup

I'll echo what someone above said: if you don't buy bad food, you can't easily eat it.

Here's what I eat during a normal workday:

  • Breakfast
    • Three eggs scrambled, mixed with half a can of black beans, half an avocado, salsa and sour cream
    • Protein shake to wash it down
  • Morning snack
    • Clif bar (I've been trying to find an alternative that doesn't have much sugar but haven't found something I like yet)
    • Shell-less pistachios 
  • Lunch
    • Frozen healthy power bowl
  • Afternoon snack
    • Homemade fruit smoothie (orange juice base, two bananas, greek yogurt, berries, scoop of protein powder, frozen berries)
  • Dinner
    • Healthy bowl from a few different local places   

I've found spacing out the eating really helps get me through the day and I end up not being too hungry at any given point. 

You probably would like this if you're eating 1/2 avocados:

https://www.amazon.com/Evriholder-Avo-Avocado-Holder-Rubber/dp/B01FIML2…

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Mar 16, 2021 - 10:16pm

I get a lot of calories off of Amazon, including all my gels, Gatorade, sports bars, coffee, dark choc almond milk, snacks. All delivered to my door.

UberEats: 3-4x per week

CFA: 1-2x per week

Pizza: 1-3x per month

BBQ: 2-4x per month

Whole Foods: 1-2x per week 

Publix: 1-3x per week 

Im always running out of food. I have steak (filet mignon) once a week and usually salmon on Fridays in lent.

Yesterday I had 5x 24oz Gatorade bottles, 10x gels, then 6 Chipotle steak tacos and a kids meal chicken, black beans and brown rice and chocolate milk. Yesterday was a 5hr indoor cycle session and I'm usually more hungry than that, but had enough food before bed.

I did a light 3hr session today and carb loaded before with 2 large CFA fries. Then some chicken and Mac n cheese after the workout. I still have 4 kale salads and some fruit left for later.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Mar 17, 2021 - 11:57pm

Salmon is my second favorite thing to cook (grilling steaks #1), especially Japanese style salmon. So good. Go to Costco and get yourself tons of salmon for ridiculously cheap compared to what a restaurant would charge.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
Mar 16, 2021 - 10:57pm

For breakfast, try making muesli - essentially Yogurt + little bit of juice + oats + fruits + nuts.

For lunch and dinner, root veggies for carbs, chicken breast for protein, and broccoli & bell peppers. 

For snack, all I eat is apples, pears, banana, and figs.

Mar 17, 2021 - 12:03am

Milton Friedchickenman

For breakfast, try making muesli - essentially Yogurt + little bit of juice + oats + fruits + nuts.

For lunch and dinner, root veggies for carbs, chicken breast for protein, and broccoli & bell peppers. 

For snack, all I eat is apples, pears, banana, and figs.

No fried chicken, man?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Mar 17, 2021 - 5:38am

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Milton Friedchickenman

For breakfast, try making muesli - essentially Yogurt + little bit of juice + oats + fruits + nuts.

For lunch and dinner, root veggies for carbs, chicken breast for protein, and broccoli & bell peppers. 

For snack, all I eat is apples, pears, banana, and figs.

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No fried chicken, man?

Nope. Haven't eaten any fried food since last year

Mar 17, 2021 - 11:59pm

I'll throw in "overnight oats" for breakfast. You prepare it the night before. It's idiot proof, literally just put oats in a bowl, add some kind of milk (or almond milk, or whatever), some kind of fruits, chia seeds, flax seeds, go wild. Then cover, and put in the fridge. In the morning it's soft and chilled, ready to eat.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
Mar 18, 2021 - 8:10pm

Best breakfast that takes 2 minutes to prepare tops and is unbelievably healthy: 1 cup of rolled oats, 1 cup of almond milk, 2 cups of your favorite berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries etc) and top with 2 tablespoons or so of pumpkin seeds. Tastes amazing and is super good for you. 

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