Yes, There IS Such A Thing As A Free Lunch

First lunch of the day
... if you worked where I do, that is.

Now I'm not complaining per se, but honestly it's such a waste most days.

I work in Health Care. In Canada. In a teaching hospital. Which means each and every round, meeting or conference is sponsored by Drug Pushers (more commnly known as "Pharmaceutical Companies") who, in order to inspire, impress and top their competition, arrange for the requisite food that one apparently MUST have in order to survive such gatherings.

An overabundance of food, in fact.

Rows of foil trays filled with Chinese buffets. Hefty wraps. Sub-sandwiches for carnivores and vegetarians alike. Soft drinks in huge bowls of ice. Potato chips. Thick deli pickles. Vege platters. Stacks of pizza. Muffins and danishes. Coffee and tea. Greek souvlaki and lemon potatoes. Fruit and vegetable juices. Spicy cannelloni. Fresh fruit with yogurt dip. We even got scrambled cheesed eggs, bacon, sausage and toast one morning.

And since my office is next to the Conference Room, the inevitable knock on my door is nearly always followed with the declaration "There's food leftover!"

Second lunch of the day
You would think that is wouldn't create a problem, but alas, due to the fact that I have zero restraint, it does. A few predicaments in fact:

Problem #1: It spoils me for the weekends when I have to rack my brain to even THINK of what to make for lunch.

Problem #2: My office smells like a Deli most days.

Problem #3: Expending too much thought and energy trying to resist TOO MUCH FOOD.

Problem # 4: The need for an afternoon nap after failing to resist TOO MUCH FOOD.

Problem # 5: My feeble attempts to lose weight are once again foiled.

Problem # 6: By the end of the day I am so full, I'm never as hungry as hubby and daughter are when dinner rolls around.

Problem # 7: If I DO get the courage to mention all the stuff I have partaken of to my family, they give me the most disgusting looks, after regaling me with their sorry stale-sandwich stories. "I ate a bug" is hubby's usual response (after a dramatic eye roll).

Yeah, they're not too supportive of my dilemma. Until I pull out a tray of food I brought them home for dinner, that is.

If I didn't, both the leftovers AND I would have been tossed.

8 People would rather be commenting:

Sweet Irene said...

I happen to be very hungry right now and this post has made me drool!

Jill said...

I ate a bug too!!!!!! :-0 Actually, I DIDN'T - I read this while FASTING for Yom Kippur (Ok, I'm sure there's something I'm supposed to be doing between services besides reading blogs...)

Seriously though, I wish they'd serve food at teacher meetings. Don't they know it's easier to concentrate on whoever's talking if your hands and mouth already have something to do?!?1?!?

Sofia said...

LOL I used to have the same exact problem. I work in healthcare too. I'm working in a different builidng now and unfortunately the drug pushers never come over there. I guess it is good to have less temptation, but I do kinda miss it.

Vegas Princess said...

I have a similar problem since we have different chefs come in each day for our noon newscast and there is always extra food left over when I come in to work. And then there are the numerous sales meetings that seem to need more food than a small country. Also all the birthday parties require several cakes and cookies and cupcakes.

Resistance is futile.

Melinda Zook said...

I had this same problem where I worked. It was inevitable that I would feel the need to eat more than I should just because I hated to see it go to waste.

Now that I am SAHM I am scrounging to prepare food all the time and I so miss those lunches!

Beth said...

If I could eat like that at lunch, I'd be hard-pressed to serve any kind of dinner at home. (Which might be a blessing for my family...)
Thanks for stopping by my blog - a fellow Canuck!

Sweet Irene said...

You're still having that very delicious post up, but this time I have something good to eat, so I won't be drooling.

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

I hear you. Work in a private school where lunch is provided. It's a small school so it's like having a private chef cook for us each day. PLUS there's a salad bar every day.

AND.....we always go raid the kitchen for snacks. There's always food around.

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