25 August 2011

Breakfast Brainstorm

I know I usually post recipes on Thursday, but this is still food-related, so you'll just have to live with it.  :P

I'm trying to figure out how to deal with breakfast now that I'll be working again.  My quandary is that I have meds I have to take as soon as I wake up (they have to be taken on a completely empty stomach).  But once I take them, I can't eat for at least 30 minutes.  Now, I'm an evening shower-er (unless the evening has just been exhausting, but I NEVER shower before work since I don't ever use a hair dryer on my hair, and my hair takes several hours to dry - thank you thick, coarse, Asian hair), so my "getting ready for work" routine consists of taking the meds, brushing the teeth/hair, putting on facial moisturiser, and putting clothes on.  And then I'm done.  And believe me when I say that doesn't take nearly 30 minutes.

(If you've ever stayed in a motel with me, you know I mean when I say I can be ready to go within 15 minutes of waking up.)

My point being that if I want to wake up early enough to eat breakfast before I go to work, I'll be waking up quite a bit earlier. 
So, how do you handle breakfast?  Do you eat before you go to work?  Eat on the way to work?  (I don't think this is quite feasible for me since my trolley commute is about 10 minutes - if that.)  Do you pack something and eat it at work?

At my last job, I would usually stow two Lean Cuisines in my bag and have one for breakfast and one for lunch.  But (1) I don't know if I'll be able to do that at this job and (2) I'll be training for the first few months, so even if I can once I'm doing my own work, I'm sure whoever's training me will appreciate me not hauling my Lean Cuisine to their desk.

(Yes, I often eat non-traditional breakfasts - it's how I grew up.  Since my mom often left for work before I did, I often just ate last night's leftovers for breakfast.  Mom saw no harm in it since "if it was a nutritious supper, it's a nutritious breakfast."  So it doesn't bother me at all to have frozen "lunches" for breakfast... despite the comments I got at work for heating up garlic linguine at 8:00 a.m.  I know they were just jealous!)


  1. Maybe I should have read this before I apologized for my non-traditional breakfast ideas in my email!

  2. I can't eat breakfast at 330am- I'd be hungry later. So I have my cup of coffee when getting dresses, one while driving to work, one at work. When I go on break around 830 - I nuke another coffee and have my breakfast.

  3. I'm with Ria. I never eat breakfast before work. I take my coffee with me to work and drink that and I eat a couple hours later something I've taken to work. You can take something smaller and more portable for a couple days? Maybe a bagel with something spread on it? Until you know where and if you can store food and how you'll be able to eat during the day.

    I don't think it would hurt to have something small during your training, cottage cheese and fruit in a container or something and just explain to the person who's training you that you need to eat later. I'm sure they won't mind.