If you have food sensitivities, all is not lost once you’re out of your own kitchen. Here’s some things that both Tina and I have found helpful when we’re having to prepare a meal for work or when we’re needing to be away from home, we hope they help you too!
- Become a planner. You probably have this nailed down already, or you’re beginning to see the benefits of how planning can help with your food sensitivities. Specifically I’m talking about meal planning, and not only your main meals but your snacks too. Us food sensitivity folks can’t take a co-worker up on their offer of Stoned Wheat Thin crackers (I think I lived on these from age 9 – 12) when we hit an afternoon slump. So when you head to the market think about not only the meals that you are going to make at home, but also the ones you’re going to prepare for work, or wherever you will be away from home. Whole veggies, fruit (being careful if you are sensitive to sugar), and nuts/seeds are great snack options. As a vegetarian, carrots and a dip or homemade hummus are a favourite of mine.
- Become your own best chef. Hopefully your place of work has a kitchen of some kind, with fridge and freezer space. Make use of it. Start bringing your homemade lunches and stop eating out. Not only will this have a positive result on your bank account, but you’ll be eating healthier and avoiding any afternoon tummy troubles. Some easy lunches you can make the night before that we’ve created for you include Veggie Chili, Potato & Leek Soup, Pizza on Willowtree’s Eggless Gluten Free Pizza Crust, Gluten Free Arugula Pasta, and Mediterranean Stew, with many more listed on our Recipe page.
- Treat yourself. I found special events, birthdays, and other celebrations at work to be especially challenging. Not only did I know there would be some dairy and/or gluten filled treat served, but also that I’d have to be taunted with it, watching everyone else eat it while my mouth salivated. And the times that I thought I could have just a couple of bites and be fine? Whoa nelly. Not a good idea. My solution was to make use of the kitchen’s freezer and keep a small container of a treat that I could eat. One of my favourites is Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss, in any flavour. Certified organic, non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free, vegan coconut milk “ice cream” – for us dairy sensitive folks, it’s heaven. If you’ve never heard of this, here’s a short video from Luna & Larry themselves about their product. I especially love what Larry says: “What we eat has a big effect on us physically and emotionally…we wanted to make something that didn’t make us feel bad after.” Us as well Larry, us as well; thank you for doing just that.
Do you have some tips & tricks that help you when you’re away from home, but still have to manage your food sensitivities? We’d love to hear them.
One Response to Food Sensitivity-Friendly Lunch Ideas
Thanks for the Coconut Bliss love! Larry is such an inspiration, I love watching the video’s of he & Luna talking about how Bliss came to be.
I too was guilty of the one or two bites thinking when I was first changing my diet at my old job. Luckily birthday treats at Bliss HQ include a little bit of Bliss and the other treats are always allergy friendly 🙂