Case in point - let me show you what I brought to work one day last week:
11:00 a.m. A handful of baby carrots. Wish I could drench them in a sour cream dip of some sort, but I suppose that would be bad for me. And I usually try to keep us stocked with hummus (which I know is the easiest thing to make, but I usually just buy it in the store) as a healthier option, but it wasn't on sale last week, so I was SOL. Or rather, SOH. And so I crunched on my sad, plain carrots. Sigh. But they filled the munchie gap. For that hour.
And if I have a vice, it's potato chips. Sweets? Meh - I could live without them. But chips - mmmm... And don't waste my time with regular chips - this particular lunch included a batch of Cape Cod salt-and-vinegar chips. If I could, I would eat salt and vinegar chips every day of the year for the rest of my life. Especially the kind that are so vinegar-y that my tongue curls up and feels funny after a while.
1:00 p.m. Ah, seedless green grapes, another food I would eat every day if I could. Especially during the summer, I live on grapes for snacks. Whenever they're on sale, I usually pick up between six to eight pounds of grapes, and that usually lasts about a week, at most.
4:00 p.m. And into the home stretch, a handful of Trader Joe's honey roasted peanuts provides a stopgap before heading home for dinner.
So that's pretty much the daily intake for me. In reality, a good portion of it is fruits and vegetables, so even though it seems like a ton of food, it's fairly healthy. But it takes time to assemble all of this - at least 30 minutes the night before to pre-wash all the fruit, peel the oranges, and find space in the usually-stuffed fridge to store it overnight. But it saves time in the morning because I can just grab it and go.
And that, gentle readers, is a brief window into my daily love affair with food. I could probably cut back some, but I have a reputation to uphold with my collection of old-lady plastic tubs and the constant munching. And, if you're ever stranded downtown, and all the restaurants are closed, and you can't find anything to eat....well, don't come a-knockin' at my office, because I've probably eaten everything already. Sorry.