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McDonalds employee.. help with lunch??

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Soo I just started working at McDonalds (so wrong, I know, but it's basically all a teen can do) and I don't know what to do about lunch. I usually work 5am to 1pm, and I tried eating a huge breakfast and skipping lunch for a while, but i pretty much have no appetite at 4am. The only thing relatively close to food that I can get there is eggs. There is no refrigerator or microwave for employees. I'm looking for some good ideas of what I can bring to eat given these circumstances? Lately I've been doing homemade trail mix but it's getting old, and I can't get myself to eat salmon or tuna by itself. :(

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on July 23, 2013
at 11:13 PM

It's one thing for a grown, fully developed adult to try IF. It's another thing for a hormonally-developing growing teenager.

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on July 22, 2013
at 02:12 AM

A good insulated lunch cooler and ice blocks will keep the salad cold enough well past lunchtime during your shift.

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on July 21, 2013
at 01:19 PM

+ (soaked) nuts, fruits, salads (bring a cooler), soups, canned fish, puffed rice cakes, boiled or raw eggs, beef jerky, some Bubbies delights,...

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on July 21, 2013
at 01:03 PM

Did that job for a month, then quit because the feeling of actually poisoning people became too much. No "advocate of the devil jobs" for me anymore, too much effort to hold myself from yelling things at people not caring for their most important possession: health. Did not have a refrigerator or microwave there too, why would they provide this? After all we got reductions on their food. Oh joy. And it's definitely not basically all a teen can do but maybe basically all YOU as a teen can do. Good luck

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on July 21, 2013
at 12:50 PM

OP says he/she has not appetite at 4am which is understandable. No breakfast makes the fast much longer than 8 hours. To get 8 hours of sleep and wake up at 4am, means going to bed at 8pm which would mean eating ~7:30pm. Getting off at 1pm means eating ~1:30pm. That's an 18 hour fast. Not impossible, but definitely longer than 8 hours.

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on July 21, 2013
at 12:04 PM

McDonald’s makes about $7.10 billion, per year...can't afford a fridge or a microwave for it's employees - seems legit.

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on July 20, 2013
at 11:42 PM

Just IF for 8 hours.

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on July 20, 2013
at 11:36 PM

I like the idea about energy bars.. trail mix has been my go to lately. Not having a fridge or microwave is the problem with bringing leftovers or salad... i'm definitely going to try boiling eggs to take and hope they are ok for 4 hours

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on July 20, 2013
at 11:09 PM

I ate eggs there every day until I read the "ingredients" list: Ingredients: USDA Grade A Eggs. Prepared with Liquid Margarine: Liquid Soybean Oil and Hydrogenated Cottonseed and Soybean Oils, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (Color). CONTAINS: SOY LECITHIN. :(

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52ad7ee5eef0d7339d0977bd7a2ceb8a

on July 21, 2013
at 12:06 AM

Invest in a good thermos and put food in there. Here are some nice recipes (paleo-ize the ones that need it):

USE A THERMOS!! (a high quality one at that)

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on July 20, 2013
at 11:50 PM

If I were you, I would pack a small cooler bag (a soft-sided, insulated bag) with those blue cooler icy packs and put your lunch/breakfast in there. You can include whatever cold paleo foods that you like. Maybe some cold rare roast beef slices, or any sliced meat, like turkey? You could include cheese, if you eat cheese. Deviled eggs are a good option. If you eat vegetables, you could include carrot sticks or zucchini sticks and homemade guacamole for dipping. How about almond butter filled celery sticks? Also, olives and pickles are awesome. What time do you eat? A very good thermos can keep your soup hot for hours. Do you have a car in which to store your lunch bag?

I know that you probably don't make much money working at McDonalds, so don't have a lot to spend on groceries. I think it's abhorrent that staff does not have access to a microwave or fridge.

If you want to work in food, do you have a Panera Bread/ St. Louis Bread Co. near you? They have decent benefits and despite having "bread" in the name of the company, you can eat fairly paleo there. I hear that Chipotle is another good option. My first job was at a music store, but I understand that those are going the way of the dinosaur.

Good luck, kid!!!

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on July 21, 2013
at 05:46 AM

Bulletproof coffee or coffee/tea with coconut oil blended in. That's tides me over for hours.

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on July 20, 2013
at 11:31 PM

oh god please don't eat their food. can you pack leftovers to eat on your break? if you're taking cans of tuna or a pack of salmon, you could make a salad the night before and add the two together. i usually take steak and salad, or whatever's left from dinner. you could boil up some eggs and pack some fruit or nuts or make a big supply of energy bars packed with coconut oil, nuts, cacao, or seeds and dates, or whatever else is on your usual menu. i work with a guy who gets a box of organic free range eggs and just swallows a couple of yolks for energy when he doesn't have time to eat.

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on July 20, 2013
at 11:36 PM

I like the idea about energy bars.. trail mix has been my go to lately. Not having a fridge or microwave is the problem with bringing leftovers or salad... i'm definitely going to try boiling eggs to take and hope they are ok for 4 hours

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on July 22, 2013
at 02:12 AM

A good insulated lunch cooler and ice blocks will keep the salad cold enough well past lunchtime during your shift.

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 20, 2013
at 10:47 PM

Eggs, eggs and more eggs. Maybe the occasional hamburger pattie.

Alternate answer: Use it as a time of IF. It is not very difficult to go 8 hours without eating.

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on July 21, 2013
at 12:50 PM

OP says he/she has not appetite at 4am which is understandable. No breakfast makes the fast much longer than 8 hours. To get 8 hours of sleep and wake up at 4am, means going to bed at 8pm which would mean eating ~7:30pm. Getting off at 1pm means eating ~1:30pm. That's an 18 hour fast. Not impossible, but definitely longer than 8 hours.

6bc2166c4461355c1603fa382e67fbb8

(5)

on July 20, 2013
at 11:09 PM

I ate eggs there every day until I read the "ingredients" list: Ingredients: USDA Grade A Eggs. Prepared with Liquid Margarine: Liquid Soybean Oil and Hydrogenated Cottonseed and Soybean Oils, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (Color). CONTAINS: SOY LECITHIN. :(

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 20, 2013
at 11:42 PM

Just IF for 8 hours.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 23, 2013
at 11:13 PM

It's one thing for a grown, fully developed adult to try IF. It's another thing for a hormonally-developing growing teenager.

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on July 21, 2013
at 12:27 PM

If you don't like canned fish on its own, take a tomato, capsicum/bell pepper, cucumber, zucchini and or some dried herbs, spices, an oil, vinegar or both (vinaigrette) with you that you can add tot eh fish. A bit of fresh lemon and salt also work wonders on the humble can of fish I think...!

I used to not like canned fish on its own - still don't really do canned salmon by itself. But I can have tuna if I want/need. That wasn't always the case though- initially had tuna with toast, as well as with tomato and dried basil. Took a little while before I could eat and not be repulsed by having it straight. (This also fits with what seems to be the case where people can train themselves to like something by pairing it with something they already like. If there's something like that you can do with canned sardines etc then maybe there are options here for you...

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on July 21, 2013
at 03:59 AM

I think you should fast until you get off work. I usually fast by skipping breakfast, eat lunch at 2p and dinner at 8p. In the mornings, I drink a large coffee or green tea with lots of coconut cream and a few drops of Stevia. That usually holds me over until lunch. Occasionally I get really hungry before lunch and will snack on bacon, coconut ( fresh or dried unsugared), pork rinds, nuts, etc. I basically stick to fats in the morning, if I must eat.

Can you eat just McD's scrambled eggs and sausage? Check out the ingredients on the Internet and see if they are close to real.

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on July 21, 2013
at 12:44 AM

A good quality vacuum thermos (not a cheap, plastic one) will keep food amazingly hot for hours, especially if you pre-heat it with hot water while you're warming your food. Choose a wide mouth one with decent capacity. They are worth the expense.

For cold food, I'm thinking of getting this https://www.packit.com/PIT/5.0000/Index.dtm?mid=1523800--it claims to keep foods cold for up to 10 hours. You freeze the entire bag overnight.

Then you can bring healthy food to the Golden Arches.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on July 21, 2013
at 12:05 AM

don't eat anything they have.

maybe bring some beef jerky, beef sticks, a can of tuna with an avocado, banana, apple, nuts/seeds, nut butter for fruit, homemade energy bar, lunch meat, freezer fudge, smoothie.

I don't see why you can't bring a little lunchbox with an ice pack in it and leave it in your locker.

when I commuted to college every day, I was there for 8 hours and had 4 hours of traveling by bus/trolley every day. everything I had was in my bookbag. I was used to eating warm foods but always tried to eat the thing that would go bad first.

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on July 23, 2013
at 08:15 PM

Boiled eggs last for a long time. Salad with no salad dressing as well. Cans of tuna fish. So basically if you bring your own salad, add tuna fish and boiled eggs, then some olive oil and lemon juice (they do not need refrigeration) - you will be all set.

Also, you can bring fruit for desert.

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on July 21, 2013
at 02:36 PM

Have you tried Intermittent Fasting? Just eat one big meal at sundown. Follow your primal instincts and eat when hungry. For most people, this is usually at night. Eat a big meal around 8PM to 11PM. Good luck.

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on July 21, 2013
at 11:59 AM

Huge multinational bagillion-dollar company that HAS FRIDGES ON SITE cannot provide one little corner of one of their fridge for their employees to use? I hate this planet sometimes.

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