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  1. #1
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    any lunch bag tips?

    lately ive been packing my own lunch, mostly sandwiches, since i work in the supermarkets i buy turkey coldcuts however its getting kind of boring, does any one have any sandwich recipes like mixing up certain cold cuts, adding some flavor like special mustards, different breads, anything that you could provide. sandwiches that taste good and are healthy, I have to drop a bunch of weight man, i am 270 and starting to feel these strange pains around my heart area. I dont think this is good at the age of 31. thx.
    I will take a bullet for my Veto LC tool bag!

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    Same thing here with the brown bag syndrome as I call it. I try to mix up the bread with marble rye's, wheat, and multi grain. Try some brand name "dip n good" mustard or some "koop's" to spice it up a little. Peppers make a good sandwich better to me but either you love em or hate em. Far as the weight loss goes I switched to bananas for breakfast and some yogurt dropped 13lbs in a month. Even switched to diet root beer....ugh,Ripe age of 33 myself and down to 230ish.

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    I'd suggest adding fresh veggies like baby carrots, sliced cucumber pieces, fruit like apples, pears and oranges. The fiber will help fill you up and lots of water in them for hydration.
    A chicken salad or baked chicken breast sandwitch is a nice change for the tastebuds and well as tuna salad on whole wheat. Just go easy on the mayo when you mix it. Best of luck on your health choices bro.

    One of my lodge brothers was just diagnosed with prediabetes. He's taking it serious. No more french fries, white rice, potato chips or fried anything.
    Old, Bald and Cranky

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    I would suggest staying away from sandwiches and breads to lose weight.

    And I would also suggest visiting your physician and going in for regular checkups.

    Anyhow..... stay away from sandwiches..... think about making some salads or something....and not 10,000 calorie taco salads.... but something like a salad with some cut up ham or chicken in it....light on the dressing.....

    maybe some fruits and stuff....

    Bread will kill any diet.....

    Soups.....get you a thermos and make you some soup for work.... soup and some crackers in the winter would be a good hearty lunch

    Most importantly.....if you are overweight and having chest pain....go see a doctor.... heart attack.... high blood pressure ....adult diabetes....you need a doctor looking out for you.

    good luck losing weight..... stay away from sodas......and little debbie snack cakes...

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    grill some chicken or bring leftovers from the night before and microwave them

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    At one time I had a small soft sided cooler that has a compartment in the lid. I packed the bread in there and the sandwhich meat in the cooler part. Then I got those restaurant style condiment packs. Anyway I liked the sandwhiches a lot better if I made them fresh just before I ate them. Bread does not get soggy, but they still get old.

    google glycemic load diet. it's based on a similar concept as atkins but you can eat everything, bread, fruits, vegatables, its a goiod diet and the concept really makes sense to any ac tech. basically it says foods that elevate your blood sugar fast make you fat, so processed flour or sugar does that but for say carrots, you have to eat a pound to elevate your blood sugar to the same extent as a snickers bar, so eat carrots!, Atkins bans carrots, as you may know. It's a great diet and really works, but that doesn't mean oreo's and doritos still don't call your name! damn I'm like a crack head for nacho flavored doritos.

    good luck and yes go see a doctor about your chest pains. Sometimes you can get a false heart attack due to spasms of your esophogus, now don't write off your pains to that, but if that is what it is find out with a doctors visit and not a trip to the emergency room in a panic your about to die, with an over night stay and expensive tests! been there got the t-shirt!

  7. #7
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    Thanks Pneuma,

    That is an interesting link on the Glycemic load diet.There goes my normal sunday breakfast of pancakes. I had no idea they and rasin bran were high in glycemic content.
    http://www.everydiet.org/diet/glycemic-load-diet

    John


    Quote Originally Posted by Pneuma View Post
    At one time I had a small soft sided cooler that has a compartment in the lid. I packed the bread in there and the sandwhich meat in the cooler part. Then I got those restaurant style condiment packs. Anyway I liked the sandwhiches a lot better if I made them fresh just before I ate them. Bread does not get soggy, but they still get old.

    google glycemic load diet. it's based on a similar concept as atkins but you can eat everything, bread, fruits, vegatables, its a goiod diet and the concept really makes sense to any ac tech. basically it says foods that elevate your blood sugar fast make you fat, so processed flour or sugar does that but for say carrots, you have to eat a pound to elevate your blood sugar to the same extent as a snickers bar, so eat carrots!, Atkins bans carrots, as you may know. It's a great diet and really works, but that doesn't mean oreo's and doritos still don't call your name! damn I'm like a crack head for nacho flavored doritos.

    good luck and yes go see a doctor about your chest pains. Sometimes you can get a false heart attack due to spasms of your esophogus, now don't write off your pains to that, but if that is what it is find out with a doctors visit and not a trip to the emergency room in a panic your about to die, with an over night stay and expensive tests! been there got the t-shirt!
    Old, Bald and Cranky

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    Hello.
    How about getting a bread machine. This way you can have different flavors in your sandwich while staying away from the less healthy cold cuts. When I take a sandwich I keep the meat in one sandwich bag, the veggies in another, and then put it all together at lunch time.

    Also, I did the hospital thing at 37 for chest pain. I can tell you the damage is always permanent. You think an awful lot about your family as you're looking at the ceiling. The sooner you can work on the problem the better in the long run. I'd like to say I've solved it through diet and exercise, but not the case. Best wishes.
    Greg

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    How about getting some flour tortillas? You can load them up with a bunch of lettuce, tomateos and a little bit of meat and you are fooling your body into thinking you are eating a lot but in fact you are not.

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    I grind up balogna & pickles, add mayo. Good sandwich spread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HVAC Teacher View Post
    I grind up balogna & pickles, add mayo. Good sandwich spread!
    An old chef gave me this tip: When ever you make any type of meat salad spread- chicken, ham, tuna or even balogna add a few drops of Worstershire sauce for flavoring.

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    I'm with Corny, make soup for a change. I for one like white chili ( made with turkey or chicken and navy beans) Not only does it fill you up but is better than the same old sandwich. Crackers made of whole wheat and fruit as well. Take care of yourself for Life Is To Short ..
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    Mmmmmmmmm I'm going to that here!

    Quote Originally Posted by benncool View Post
    How about getting some flour tortillas? You can load them up with a bunch of lettuce, tomateos and a little bit of meat and you are fooling your body into thinking you are eating a lot but in fact you are not.
    Old, Bald and Cranky

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