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Old 06-28-2011, 12:10 AM   #321
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Thanks for the vote of confidence, Kathleen. I really enjoyed my lunch today and the staff look forward to see what I bring!

For tomorrow I mixed some leftover brown rice with mushrooms and the last of the shaved beef. I can heat this in the microwave there. I have some snow peas and carrots for munching, another mandarin, and a french vanilla greek yoghurt. Instead of having tea I think I will take a Crystal Lite water, not sure what flavour yet.

I think I am starting to see how making a meal "look good" helps make it taste better. When I was first going to see Dad I was grabbing a burger here, sub sandwich there, and not satisfied, nor was it good for my diet (or my stress levels). Taking time to carefully plan the lunch the night before and then pack it up and finally pull it all out and eat it, makes for a full experience. Thanks to all for getting me on this path!

Oh, and Your Ogreness, you don't have to worry about me and your caramel bar!
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:38 AM   #322
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Tomorrow I am having a piece of rotisserie chicken, some macaroni and stewed tomatoes, a small piece of corn bread, and some refrigerator cucumber pickles. For a snack, I'll have a peach, because I have some fresh peaches that are simply delicious.

What is helping me most of all is to plan for color. Like I have green in the pickles, and red in the tomatoes, and yellow/orange in the peach. I'll have a banana for breakfast, and will seek to add purple/blue and tan/white to my day. I try not to plan around my protein, but plan the protein once I know what "colors" I'm taking. It sounds odd, but has made packing lunches so much easier for me. Plus...pretty!

Before, if I would plan around the "main" item, my lunches were more boring. A sandwich, chips, and maybe a piece of fruit. Or some baby carrots....which I do like. But now, baby carrots are packed in a nice way with a tiny container of ranch dressing and other items are packed with it.

It's late...I'm rambling. But you get the idea. Oh, and PF definitely needs to worry about me and her caramel bar!
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:47 AM   #323
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Memo to self: Buy case of caramel Milky Ways for Spork and Kathleen...bags of spinach for LP.
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:28 AM   #324
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:53 AM   #325
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You've got it right, LB! Menu sounds really good. Feeling creative with whatever's in your frig, leftovers. I think I've said it before that a box lunch is home comfort, so enjoy your bento and your father's company. Best wishes & garnishes.
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:00 AM   #326
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This thread almost makes me wish I had to pack a lunch and work on site...but then, I'd have to buy a new wardrobe to match the Bento box...I work in "dog clothes" (or my bathrobe).
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:17 AM   #327
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CWS, I just take my lunch up to my Dad's care facility, but if/when he comes home, I have decided I am still going to Bento it at home. I mentioned earlier in the thread taking it outside to the little bench and having it there when he rests.

You can make a lunch the night before and pack it into whatever. Take care to pick things that are interesting for you. Then, whenever you take your lunch break, go to your fridge, gather all your lunch items and find a place to sit an enjoy. Not at your desk, maybe not even the kitchen table! That way lunch is an experience, not just something to break up the day.

Wow, I'm only a few days into this and already making it a philosophy!
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:35 AM   #328
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You mean I can't sit on the couch and watch Canada A.M.? I'm done working for the day--worked last night and started at 3:30 a.m. today. Now the day is mine...but I think I need a nap!
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:52 AM   #329
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CWS, I just take my lunch up to my Dad's care facility, but if/when he comes home, I have decided I am still going to Bento it at home. I mentioned earlier in the thread taking it outside to the little bench and having it there when he rests.

You can make a lunch the night before and pack it into whatever. Take care to pick things that are interesting for you. Then, whenever you take your lunch break, go to your fridge, gather all your lunch items and find a place to sit an enjoy. Not at your desk, maybe not even the kitchen table! That way lunch is an experience, not just something to break up the day.

Wow, I'm only a few days into this and already making it a philosophy!
Lunch should be an event/special. I find that using chopsticks with my Bento makes me pay attention to what I am eating. No mindless eating while typing away. With my Bento, I am focused, no multi-tasking.
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