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Fat phobic workplace food

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 13, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I'm lucky enough to work at a company that provides free meals and snacks. However, the company's catering department faithfully believes in the USDA Pyramid, and has been on a mission for the past year or so to eliminate practically all fat in its meals and snack options. Replacing cream with 0% yoghurt, using oils instead of butter (!), etc. Sometimes I can't even find olive oil at the salad bar.

As a result I'm obviously worried about keeping my fat intake up.

Any suggestions for easily portable, storable (I can use a refrigerator but it gets emptied weekly) fat sources I can stash at work? I can sometimes find unsalted almonds, but that's about it. Protein's also a little thin on the ground, especially unadulterated, but I don't mind taking in some deli meat. It's the fat that's stumped me.

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on February 20, 2013
at 06:44 AM

I agree with the avocado people! I take a whole one to work, I don't have to refrigerate it, and all I need is a knife to cut it open and a spoon to scoop out the insides. They are so good, and other people are always looking at my avocado like they want it.

Cebbca9a78d5612bf3468b273c2010d5

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on August 19, 2012
at 03:29 PM

I think most folks don't use enough lime juice. For two avocados, I use the juice of an entire big lime. No browning.

9292f931425e13b43002a93eea1ba576

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:48 PM

I haven't found anything that really keeps avocado from going brown. I just trim the brown off and eat whatever is left. It's just a bit of oxidation, not rotten. You could eat it if you wanted, but it doesn't taste great.

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on August 14, 2012
at 03:37 AM

Bring whipped coconut milk maybe with cinnamon or fruit or whey protein and drink it as a snack when you get hungry. Or whip it thick put in cacao nibs and eat it like yogurt.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on August 14, 2012
at 03:35 AM

I eat a whole avocado a day. All you need is a spoon and a garbage.

Cd77fd01d8be999aa91b8678e262f419

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on August 14, 2012
at 01:20 AM

How do you keep the avocado from going bad? I've tried so many different things (lime juice, squeezing out all the air, foil, etc) and it always goes brown on me. It's frustrating that the snack bars do have almond butter.. but it's Justin's Maple Almond! Sigh!

Cd77fd01d8be999aa91b8678e262f419

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on August 14, 2012
at 01:20 AM

Working on the education part! :)

Cd77fd01d8be999aa91b8678e262f419

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on August 14, 2012
at 01:19 AM

My food budget is already insane when I'm only buying dinners and weekend food, so I'd rather eat the free stuff. It's not as bad as you paint -- they do a really good job of pointing out what is in each dish and what it's prepared in, so I can avoid those pretty easily. The only oil I've seen is rice oil. Most days I can find baked chicken or scrounge from the salad bar, a typical meat offering looks more like: Coleman Natural Pork Chile Verde    Pork Shoulder, Tomatillo, Onion, Tomato, Garlic, Jalapeno, Cumin, Coriander, Salt, Pepper, Cilantro Cooking Method: Braise

Cd77fd01d8be999aa91b8678e262f419

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on August 14, 2012
at 01:16 AM

I thought of avocados but they don't keep so well. Do you eat a whole one? Perhaps guac would work, actually... Unfortunately I hate olives! But thanks for the other suggestions. :)

Cd77fd01d8be999aa91b8678e262f419

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on August 14, 2012
at 01:14 AM

They do take suggestions and I'm not the only primal/paleo employee kicking up a fuss, overall the changes have been positive but this latest crackdown on fat is horrible. I could store oil at my desk though it's not perfect as I don't often eat at or near my desk. Maybe I'll practice taking coconut oil straight... thanks!

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on August 14, 2012
at 12:38 AM

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 14, 2012
at 12:37 AM

right. There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

Cebbca9a78d5612bf3468b273c2010d5

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on August 13, 2012
at 09:32 PM

Absolutely agree. "Free" is not worth it sometimes.

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on August 13, 2012
at 07:12 PM

Yum. Yes to all that, plus I'd add olives, cubes of paneer (cheese) and left over meat - probs better than deli stuff. Oh and cod liver oil tablets.

9292f931425e13b43002a93eea1ba576

(108)

on August 13, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Ohhh, or a take a bag of unsweetend coconut flakes.

9292f931425e13b43002a93eea1ba576

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on August 13, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Bring some raw nuts or nut butters to work with you. Consider bringing your own salad dressing, like olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Maybe take an avocado to snack on through the week.

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on August 13, 2012
at 06:48 PM

At our local chain (Earth Fare) health food store, you can get unsweetened banana chips fried in coconut oil. No sugar really, great fat source, and very tasty and addictive! My husband discovered they are a great chip replacement for dipping in guacamole too. Also, canned sardines in olive oil are great too.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on August 13, 2012
at 05:37 PM

Can you store coconut oil, olive oil, or ghee in your desk or locker? I know the idea of free lunch and snacks is enticing, but what are the real costs? Does your employer or caterer take suggestions? Putting the entire company on a single "diet" seems a bit absurd!!!

Cd77fd01d8be999aa91b8678e262f419

(825)

on August 14, 2012
at 01:14 AM

They do take suggestions and I'm not the only primal/paleo employee kicking up a fuss, overall the changes have been positive but this latest crackdown on fat is horrible. I could store oil at my desk though it's not perfect as I don't often eat at or near my desk. Maybe I'll practice taking coconut oil straight... thanks!

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on August 13, 2012
at 09:28 PM

You've got more to worry about that just fat. The oils they are pushing are probably the franken-food variety (canola and corn oil). I suspect if you take a long look at the food offerings, you'll find a large number of processed foods.

You've got to decide if the free meals are more important than your long-term health.

If I was in your position, I'd bring my own meals.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 14, 2012
at 12:37 AM

right. There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

Cebbca9a78d5612bf3468b273c2010d5

(452)

on August 13, 2012
at 09:32 PM

Absolutely agree. "Free" is not worth it sometimes.

Cd77fd01d8be999aa91b8678e262f419

(825)

on August 14, 2012
at 01:19 AM

My food budget is already insane when I'm only buying dinners and weekend food, so I'd rather eat the free stuff. It's not as bad as you paint -- they do a really good job of pointing out what is in each dish and what it's prepared in, so I can avoid those pretty easily. The only oil I've seen is rice oil. Most days I can find baked chicken or scrounge from the salad bar, a typical meat offering looks more like: Coleman Natural Pork Chile Verde    Pork Shoulder, Tomatillo, Onion, Tomato, Garlic, Jalapeno, Cumin, Coriander, Salt, Pepper, Cilantro Cooking Method: Braise

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on August 13, 2012
at 06:22 PM

My go-to's:

1) Avocados 2) Coconut milk in coffee 3) chocolate bars 4) Stews/etc. in thermos

016de26fe61daf799662d3b7b2468324

(688)

on August 13, 2012
at 07:12 PM

Yum. Yes to all that, plus I'd add olives, cubes of paneer (cheese) and left over meat - probs better than deli stuff. Oh and cod liver oil tablets.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on August 14, 2012
at 03:35 AM

I eat a whole avocado a day. All you need is a spoon and a garbage.

Cd77fd01d8be999aa91b8678e262f419

(825)

on August 14, 2012
at 01:16 AM

I thought of avocados but they don't keep so well. Do you eat a whole one? Perhaps guac would work, actually... Unfortunately I hate olives! But thanks for the other suggestions. :)

9292f931425e13b43002a93eea1ba576

(108)

on August 13, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Bring some raw nuts or nut butters to work with you. Consider bringing your own salad dressing, like olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Maybe take an avocado to snack on through the week.

00f034ed9cdeab04f4a7e72296c3d4d9

(120)

on February 20, 2013
at 06:44 AM

I agree with the avocado people! I take a whole one to work, I don't have to refrigerate it, and all I need is a knife to cut it open and a spoon to scoop out the insides. They are so good, and other people are always looking at my avocado like they want it.

1
9292f931425e13b43002a93eea1ba576

(108)

on August 13, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Bring some raw nuts or nut butters to work with you. Consider bringing your own salad dressing, like olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Maybe take an avocado to snack on through the week.

Cd77fd01d8be999aa91b8678e262f419

(825)

on August 14, 2012
at 01:20 AM

How do you keep the avocado from going bad? I've tried so many different things (lime juice, squeezing out all the air, foil, etc) and it always goes brown on me. It's frustrating that the snack bars do have almond butter.. but it's Justin's Maple Almond! Sigh!

9292f931425e13b43002a93eea1ba576

(108)

on August 13, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Ohhh, or a take a bag of unsweetend coconut flakes.

9292f931425e13b43002a93eea1ba576

(108)

on August 17, 2012
at 03:48 PM

I haven't found anything that really keeps avocado from going brown. I just trim the brown off and eat whatever is left. It's just a bit of oxidation, not rotten. You could eat it if you wanted, but it doesn't taste great.

Cebbca9a78d5612bf3468b273c2010d5

(452)

on August 19, 2012
at 03:29 PM

I think most folks don't use enough lime juice. For two avocados, I use the juice of an entire big lime. No browning.

0
90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

on February 20, 2013
at 04:48 AM

Perhaps bring an avocado and bacon and maybe some cheese to add to your salad. The olive oil idea suggested by the previous poster is a good one. Maybe even bring some coconut manna? It's shelf-stable at room temperature and I hear it just tastes like heaven. People eat it with a spoon.

I also really, really like the idea about forgoing the free food and bringing your own paleo lunch.

Good luck, cavejen!

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on February 20, 2013
at 04:38 AM

I feel ya. I dont have a job but at my college they got rid of all the healthy options (no more hard boiled eggs, no more fresh fruit) the one thing thats labeled healthy is their 'low fat smoothie'. I bring my own lunch.

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on August 13, 2012
at 07:48 PM

I'd bring in coconut oil, olive oil, and macadamia nut oil. And if the food they serve isn't what you need, consider it junk food and cook at home and bring in your own. Maybe you can do some slow education? I have bought Cordain's newest book for quite a few people and interested quite a few...

Cd77fd01d8be999aa91b8678e262f419

(825)

on August 14, 2012
at 01:20 AM

Working on the education part! :)

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