Last week, we received a “Life After Your Whole30 “ testimonial of a different nature. She’s not talking about her weight loss, her improved energy or her new commitment to eating Good Food (although all those factors are present). No, this testimonial is about overcoming challenging lifestyle hurdles that impede your health and fitness progress. Meet Hilary B. of Neptune, NJ, who recently discovered… how to pack a lunch.
Note: The forthcoming exclamation points are all her own. We love Hilary AND her enthusiasm, and couldn’t wait to share her story with you. Yay, packing a lunch!
While this may not sound like a huge feat, I would like to semi-boast that I am now at WEEK 3 of packing my whole food Whole9 lunches for work like a “big” girl. I still can’t believe what a difference it makes to have my own food during the day. I eat when I want. I am not limited to when the cafe opens and closes. I have MORE CASH! (Double bonus!)
I have no idea why this has been such a huge psychological hurdle for me. I leave the house at 7:30 PM and am not home until 7:30 PM most days. Spending 12 hours away from home should = pack a cooler, but I was not on board. When I did my first Whole30 in November, I always ate at the salad bar. I just couldn’t get my head around “packing lunch” even though I knew I was wasting money. (The salad bar at my office is not much less expensive than Whole Foods.) But for some reason, despite the wonderful breakfasts and dinners I made, I simply would NOT pack lunch.
I wish I had some Freudian reason why. Was I tired? Lazy? I don’t know – I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. Was I in total denial that my super cool “Pigs In Space” Muppets lunchbox from 3rd grade, packed with a salami sandwich, a Capri Sun and a piece of fruit were completely behind me? I have no explanation, but at the tender age of 38, the task of making packed lunches cool and sassy again has been daunting.
Well, last week, I decided to just get over myself. That’s it. Hissy fit: done.
First, I re-read your post on “What’s In Your Cooler”? at least 100 more times. Second, I started doubling up recipes. Three, instead of making one recipe, I made two. I also got out all of my unused Tupperware, ran it through the dishwasher and proceeded to start filling it to make sure nothing was left un-eaten. Having readily made DELISH food on hand just waiting to be warmed makes life much easier.
So how did I fare in corporate America with my cooler during my first week? Well, not so bad.
1. I didn’t want to yell at my boss AS much. She is, however, insane after her second bowl of oatmeal, so I have to just stay clear. I know that’s not super nice, but controlling my mood makes dealing with work craziness easier.
2. When I would get 100 emails at once, I’d reach for some olives and say, “Eh, this isn’t so bad. At least it’s not 300 emails.“
3. I did the math and only spent about $5 in the cafe for the week instead of closer to $70. I did not have to go to the ATM once. I was spending more at the grocer, but it’s a redistribution of funds for the better (as my husband likes to say). I get WAY more bang for my buck now.
So, in short, thank you for your cooler post and for making the art of packing a cooler look as cool as my 3rd grade lunchbox. Hilary B., Neptune, NJ
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