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foods for the commute to and from work

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Created July 19, 2013 at 11:36 AM

I spend a little over an hour each morning and evening driving to and from work. I pass many drive throughs along the route and in the past I have conquered the urge to pull through by packing food to nibble on as I drive. Does anyone have good suggestions/recipes for food that can be eaten as easily as a muffin or burger while commuting? I have packed nuts and raw veggies and fruits many times, but that gets dull pretty quickly.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 23, 2013
at 03:11 PM

You're making a lot of assumptions in that comment. Terrible logic. Still irrelevant to nutrition or fitness.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 23, 2013
at 02:59 PM

PS - disagreement =/= not understanding.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 23, 2013
at 02:56 PM

You sure do have that option as well. And then I have the option to state my opinion. See how that works? I downvote and call out moralizing and politicizing in the name of Paleo.

235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

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on July 23, 2013
at 12:35 PM

I do have that option as do I have the option to state my opinion. I dont expect anyone to bow down to me, read my posts and you will see that. If it was just food ideas without the driving, I would have responded much differently why is that so hard for you to see. You have not made your case for why good, sound advice even though it is off topic should be dismissed, Paleohacks is about a lifestyle of being healthy and stress free, you would be neither wrapped around another car...

235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

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on July 23, 2013
at 12:19 PM

You are right, my bad... I will give better advice for eating while driving and to be honest I will never know if anything happens to the person I am giving advice to so it will not effect my conscience anyway. Why should I care!!! Make your omlete muffin and then while driving look for it in your bag, then look away to take a bite and god forbid if some of it crumbles off and drops on your lap or floor make sure you react and look for that piece, etc... Sorry for continuing this ridiculousness but it is a strong point for me. It's not just your life but others on the raod as well!!

C0d63e15a4e21b29c49d0380d87894b3

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on July 22, 2013
at 09:23 PM

2nd this. Falafels are definitely not paleo.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 22, 2013
at 05:54 PM

The sip thing was for BGottfried who commented that it may still be too much of adistraction. We're here on this site to help people be more successful in eating/exercising Paleo, not to help them become better drivers. Paleohacks, not Drivinghacks. Pretty simple to understand, at least for non-cops.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 22, 2013
at 05:53 PM

You always have the option of not commenting if you disagree with people eating in the car. Hopefully the OP isn't a complete moron that is going to bring a fork and a knife and eat a steak while driving, nor did anyone suggest that. I'm sure you're used to people bowing to your cop-authority in real life, but seeing as how we're on the internet, I have no reason to be afraid of you. Downvote all you want.

235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

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on July 22, 2013
at 02:06 PM

It wasn't about taking a sip, I recommended the smoothie, it was about eating anything that could take her eyes off the road. FYI I dont even own a bluetooth because many studies have proven that even being in a conversation can be distracting to a driver. If someone is asking what they can eat while driving I am going to give the advice that nothing is good to eat in order to make them a better driver... pretty simple to understand.

235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

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on July 22, 2013
at 01:27 PM

I think it is very important that everyone, not just those asking for diet advice should be aware of what they are doing on the road. I'm pretty sure that the idea here is to LIVE a happy fullfilled life, if I were to give her advice on what to eat during her drive I would be giving her bad advice. Keep you drive free from distractions and you will be more likeli to LIVE that life!!!

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on July 21, 2013
at 08:29 PM

falafels aren't paleo...

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 20, 2013
at 08:42 PM

Anyone who is distracted enough by taking a sip of a drink to cause an accident really shouldn't be behind the wheel in the first place. The poster asked for advice regarding breakfast, not advice about her driving.

Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

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on July 20, 2013
at 04:39 PM

I have tried eating huge meals to limit myself to 2 meals a day and it is impossible for me. I eat close to 1000 calories for breakfast at 7am and by 12pm I am really hungry. I'm also a 6ft guy who trains quite hard. I have to have breakfast lunch and dinner. Not everyone can eat 1 or 2 meals a day

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 20, 2013
at 02:11 AM

That sounds like plenty to me if you're not working out hard and are an average-ish sized woman. I don't starve myself (sometimes I make myself eat, in fact) and I would be 100% fine on that if I'm not working out that day.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 19, 2013
at 07:48 PM

That sounds like a great eating plan.....if you are comotose all day. What does that total, 1200 kcal per day?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 19, 2013
at 03:52 PM

I might sound insensitive, but why do you need to snack? If you eat breakfast before eating for work, you shouldn't be hungry, and if you are going to eat dinner when you get home, just wait. Why keep your body in constant digestion mode?

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on July 19, 2013
at 03:22 PM

+1, it's just an hour. I drive a similar length of time and I don't need to eat during it. Eat larger meals? It seems like it's just a "mindless" habit that needs breaking, like snacking while watching TV.

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on July 19, 2013
at 02:11 PM

I'd second the liquid option. Something like tea in the morning (or a smoothie if you're not trying to lose weight) or, my personal favorite, some kefir blended with a banana, allows you to get some food in while driving to work without having to take your eyes off the road. A drink is still a distraction to some degree, so it's probably better to just wait it out like Big worm suggested; I've taken to making my breakfast the night before, then taking it in to work and eating it there, which might be an option for you (if your work allows for time to eat it, obviously).

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on July 19, 2013
at 12:10 PM

Dang, that travel time...

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235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

on July 19, 2013
at 01:31 PM

Other than making smoothies with lots of fresh veggies and fruits I can think of nothing that will be commuter friendly. You need to pay attention to the road when you are the driver and passing the drive-thru is the best thing you can do not only for your health but for your life. They give you food in a bag and too many people immediately drive away then look for the food in the bag, then have to unwrap the food, then take bites without eating the wrapping in a bite and so on and so on. This all takes your eyes off the road which we all know is BAD!!! It sucks having to commute so far but in reality you do not need to eat in that hour; it's just 1 hour. Either eat before you leave or wait until you get to work. Our country has become full of ZOMBIE drivers who try to do more while they are driving then they would normally do while they are not driving.

My best advice is either make a smoothie if you cant wait or just wait. FYI, Im a police officer and inevetibly "EVERY" accident I respond to the cause of the accident was distraction. Manytimes we find fast food bags and wrapers with meals half eaten. Drunks and distractions plague our roadways!!

Sorry if this wasnt the answer you were looking for!!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 20, 2013
at 08:42 PM

Anyone who is distracted enough by taking a sip of a drink to cause an accident really shouldn't be behind the wheel in the first place. The poster asked for advice regarding breakfast, not advice about her driving.

40b065644e95a090f6a41808303773ae

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on July 19, 2013
at 03:22 PM

+1, it's just an hour. I drive a similar length of time and I don't need to eat during it. Eat larger meals? It seems like it's just a "mindless" habit that needs breaking, like snacking while watching TV.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 22, 2013
at 05:54 PM

The sip thing was for BGottfried who commented that it may still be too much of adistraction. We're here on this site to help people be more successful in eating/exercising Paleo, not to help them become better drivers. Paleohacks, not Drivinghacks. Pretty simple to understand, at least for non-cops.

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

(880)

on July 19, 2013
at 02:11 PM

I'd second the liquid option. Something like tea in the morning (or a smoothie if you're not trying to lose weight) or, my personal favorite, some kefir blended with a banana, allows you to get some food in while driving to work without having to take your eyes off the road. A drink is still a distraction to some degree, so it's probably better to just wait it out like Big worm suggested; I've taken to making my breakfast the night before, then taking it in to work and eating it there, which might be an option for you (if your work allows for time to eat it, obviously).

235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

(421)

on July 23, 2013
at 12:19 PM

You are right, my bad... I will give better advice for eating while driving and to be honest I will never know if anything happens to the person I am giving advice to so it will not effect my conscience anyway. Why should I care!!! Make your omlete muffin and then while driving look for it in your bag, then look away to take a bite and god forbid if some of it crumbles off and drops on your lap or floor make sure you react and look for that piece, etc... Sorry for continuing this ridiculousness but it is a strong point for me. It's not just your life but others on the raod as well!!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 23, 2013
at 03:11 PM

You're making a lot of assumptions in that comment. Terrible logic. Still irrelevant to nutrition or fitness.

235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

(421)

on July 22, 2013
at 02:06 PM

It wasn't about taking a sip, I recommended the smoothie, it was about eating anything that could take her eyes off the road. FYI I dont even own a bluetooth because many studies have proven that even being in a conversation can be distracting to a driver. If someone is asking what they can eat while driving I am going to give the advice that nothing is good to eat in order to make them a better driver... pretty simple to understand.

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Ab6136c34d4b9854b82e03e0bda768f4

on July 21, 2013
at 09:41 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions. Those portable omelette ideas sound really good, as do the smoothies. And I don't mind the driving suggestions either. I don't want to get healthy just to wind up wrapped around a pole. I will keep things simple and keep my eyes on the road.

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Bcb2f5436d11467e89123680c046b858

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on July 20, 2013
at 03:32 PM

Egg frittata muffins (AKA mini-quiches)! Throw whatever cooked meat & veggies you like into a muffin tin, pour egg on top, bake. They freeze nicely. Take a couple out, nuke 'em, and you have a hot protein-rich breakfast perfect for the car. I used to eat breakfast during my commute and these were my favorite.

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C0d63e15a4e21b29c49d0380d87894b3

on July 22, 2013
at 09:29 PM

I like flaked coconut too, the large flakes are big enough to snack on like seeds/nuts but require a little more chewing and are a great source of fat!

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C0d63e15a4e21b29c49d0380d87894b3

on July 22, 2013
at 09:24 PM

I like flaked coconut too, the large flakes are big enough to snack on like seeds/nuts but require a little more chewing and are a great source of fat!

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89985542ffc00c296552951369fe809a

on July 22, 2013
at 04:49 AM

Beef Jerky and Hard Boiled Eggs are great on the go snacks. I actually love snacking on shredded chicken while driving too actually. And if you're skilled like me... You can dip the chicken in mustard ;)

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on July 21, 2013
at 01:50 PM

Pre-cooked falafel is great. Find a packet of vaccum sealed falafel in a flattish shape, Cut it in half, Put it in a sandwich press for a few minutes, It comes out like little hot tasty biscuits that you can easily pick up and put down while driving and they only ever drop a few crumbs so not messy or (that) dangerous.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on July 21, 2013
at 08:29 PM

falafels aren't paleo...

C0d63e15a4e21b29c49d0380d87894b3

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on July 22, 2013
at 09:23 PM

2nd this. Falafels are definitely not paleo.

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on July 20, 2013
at 05:12 PM

Chocolate!

A coffee with milk (either made at home or from a dunkin donuts)

Bacon?

Broth...

Random paleo-certified snacks from a supermarket :]

An apple.

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on July 20, 2013
at 04:19 PM

I think snacking is the bane of our lives in the US and UK. Never eat between meals. Eat 1 or 2 meals a day.

Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

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on July 20, 2013
at 04:39 PM

I have tried eating huge meals to limit myself to 2 meals a day and it is impossible for me. I eat close to 1000 calories for breakfast at 7am and by 12pm I am really hungry. I'm also a 6ft guy who trains quite hard. I have to have breakfast lunch and dinner. Not everyone can eat 1 or 2 meals a day

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on July 19, 2013
at 07:18 PM

I am about 5'7, 130 lbs and I feel your pain. When I was starting out I was DRAGGING at the end and my commute is only 40 minutes and I would be dying by the time I got home. Not eating enough carbs was my problem.

I don't know what your health is like or what your schedule and entry/exit from work hours, but can you try eating a light breakfast around 9, like two hard boiled eggs or perhaps a banana, and then eat lunch at 12 and then try a snack after that and maybe eating dinner around 7? Basically committing your eating to a 10-11 hour time period each day?

Check out the perfect health diet! And also for your lunch, pack a little extra portion. I have found I don't do well with huge meals so what I advise you to do is try to pack 1.5 meals for your lunch - eat 1 meal at lunch time, and then the remaining 0.5 meals in the afternoon.

but please, try to eat the 0.5 meal before you leave, because there's nothing worse than distracted eating and especially that in your car. Take time to sit down, focus on your food and enjoy it.

So your schedule would look something like this:

Breakfast

9 - 1 banana, or 2 eggs, or beef broth

11:30-12 lunch - decent amount of protein (say at least 5 ounces) with some rice (YOu can eat 1 lb of cooked rice per day, or 1 lb of sweet potatoes or potatoes although I honestly up this and eat potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc. as a snack)

Concerning rice-it improves satiety for some - try it and see! It's fairly benign and you're not making meals out of it and only rice. It made a huge improvement in my satiety.

4:00 - remaining lunch portion (2.5 ounces of beef with rice, an egg and seaweed, all wrapped up, is delicious), and of course more veggies

have another banana after that if you want, or some dark chocolate (it's a PHD/gaps thing that I follow, because they say Fructose + omega-6 can form advanced glycation endproducts, I suppose it's a little orthorexic if you will)

7:00 - dinner 4 ounces of protein, veggies, etc.

Sorry- want to edit to say that up your protein, starch, veggies as you see fit - basically the perfect health diet.

3 lbs of vegetables a day, 1 lb of eggs/beef/animal protein/what you need to stay full.

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/the-diet/

You can change their portions as you see fit. Personally I prefer a little less protein and a little more vegetables. I don't always follow their intermittent fasting advice - it depends on how I slept/feel.

it's a great book, I highly recommend it! If you still have hunger, I also recommend their book based on the discussion on supplements. When you're still hungry, it might be a sign you're missing some crucial micronutrient, like iodine, selenium, chromium, molybdenum, etc.

When you commute 2+ hours a day, you're lucky if you have time to do more than a 20-30 minute walk in my experience. Even just walking a mile or two a day you're still getting in some activity but driving that much (depending on the traffic as well) kind of kills your desire to do much of anything else and still get to bed at a decent hour.

It's great that you're packing all your own food and have conquered the fast food urges.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 19, 2013
at 07:48 PM

That sounds like a great eating plan.....if you are comotose all day. What does that total, 1200 kcal per day?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 20, 2013
at 02:11 AM

That sounds like plenty to me if you're not working out hard and are an average-ish sized woman. I don't starve myself (sometimes I make myself eat, in fact) and I would be 100% fine on that if I'm not working out that day.

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on July 19, 2013
at 03:48 PM

I drink coffee on my long commute. I really enjoy my 45 min morning drive in which I get to listen to my favorite music, drink coffee, and relax. Coffee is calorie free but having something to sip on keeps my mind from having a strong desire to eat. Maybe eat before you leave so that you aren't hungry. If you stomach isn't growing then you might have less desire to grab fast food. In the afternoons Ill stop by a coffee shop and grab hot tea for the road if I'm in the mood to sip on something.

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 20, 2013
at 08:02 PM

http://youhuntigather.blogspot.com/2012/03/egg-chorizo-and-tomato-breakfast.html?m=1

Omelette muffin. Like the previous poster suggested, but here's a recipe to get you started with some good ratios. Easy to make a whole batch on the weekend and reheat as you need, and it's endlessly customizable so you won't get bored.

Also, please ignore the people who are giving you driving advice rather than diet advice. This is Paleohacks, not Drivinghacks.

235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

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on July 22, 2013
at 01:27 PM

I think it is very important that everyone, not just those asking for diet advice should be aware of what they are doing on the road. I'm pretty sure that the idea here is to LIVE a happy fullfilled life, if I were to give her advice on what to eat during her drive I would be giving her bad advice. Keep you drive free from distractions and you will be more likeli to LIVE that life!!!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 23, 2013
at 02:59 PM

PS - disagreement =/= not understanding.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 22, 2013
at 05:53 PM

You always have the option of not commenting if you disagree with people eating in the car. Hopefully the OP isn't a complete moron that is going to bring a fork and a knife and eat a steak while driving, nor did anyone suggest that. I'm sure you're used to people bowing to your cop-authority in real life, but seeing as how we're on the internet, I have no reason to be afraid of you. Downvote all you want.

235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

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on July 23, 2013
at 12:35 PM

I do have that option as do I have the option to state my opinion. I dont expect anyone to bow down to me, read my posts and you will see that. If it was just food ideas without the driving, I would have responded much differently why is that so hard for you to see. You have not made your case for why good, sound advice even though it is off topic should be dismissed, Paleohacks is about a lifestyle of being healthy and stress free, you would be neither wrapped around another car...

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 23, 2013
at 02:56 PM

You sure do have that option as well. And then I have the option to state my opinion. See how that works? I downvote and call out moralizing and politicizing in the name of Paleo.

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