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I have a hard time stopping for lunch. It ruins my flow and afterwards I can't get motivated again. Sometimes I load the truck with a few boxes of Cliff bars or something similar but they're usually fairly bland so I wind up drinking coffee for energy. It's not unusual for me to work 12 hours with no food intake.

What's everyone else doing about lunch? What snacks do you keep around for the desperate times?
 

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I've lightened up over the years. We stop for lunch now and I/we usually leave the job site.
For a snack or on those days I don't stop, I keep a box of Quaker granola bars in the truck. Peanut butter and chocolate chip. I don't know about energy, but they have calories and taste good.
 

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I keep a few protein bars in the truck just in case a lunch break isn't feisable.

If I eat a big lunch I feel like a nap in the afternoon.
 

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I have a hard time stopping for lunch. It ruins my flow and afterwards I can't get motivated again. Sometimes I load the truck with a few boxes of Cliff bars or something similar but they're usually fairly bland so I wind up drinking coffee for energy. It's not unusual for me to work 12 hours with no food intake.

What's everyone else doing about lunch? What snacks do you keep around for the desperate times?
Not having at least a snack every 2 hours can make you more prone to an accident. IIRC, accidents happen around 10AM. I'll bring Pop Tarts, breakfast bars, donuts, pretty much carb stuff. Have a QUICK snack and maybe do a little clean up at the same time.
 

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These days I generally just work through, take a bit of a sandwich every 1/2 hr or so beginning around 10ish.

I find it's that 2pm low blood sugar time that gets me - that's when I make the dumb mistakes. I know that now, so I schedule some brain dead task so that I don't go backwards. Yesterday I caulked/filled crown from 2-3. By then the afternoon coffee kicked in and it was ramming speed LOL

HO comes to me at 4pm and says "you have to stop now" damn! I was planning another two hours. OK, well he's the client, so I stop at 4. Get into my truck to go home, client says "where are you going?" I says "home" he says nooooooo follow me to my condo up the street, I need an estimate on crown there " allrighty then! :D

I don't like losing working hours, but if it's a potential to get more work, then heck ya!

I just discovered there's no bread in the house this morning, so it's gonna be a quick run to starbucks for a tuna melt and a coffee. Hey it's Friday! my self-employed imaginary pay day!!
 

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I always try to put something green in my lunch or at least, something super full of vitamins. A hand full of spinach, a salad, some grilled zucchini, or a thermos of carrot juice. I feel pretty good at the end of the day and I attribute that to the food.
 

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I always try to put something green in my lunch or at least, something super full of vitamins. A hand full of spinach, a salad, some grilled zucchini, or a thermos of carrot juice. I feel pretty good at the end of the day and I attribute that to the food.
Note to self: never have lunch with Reg.
 

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Bring a Smoker or a BBQ to the job & EVERYONE will stop for lunch.
I used to work at this great cabinet shop. We had BBQ Thursdays. The guys were all hunters so we ate good food like elk steaks or deer burgers. It was always something to look forward to during the week.

He also had a permanent keg and would let the workers drink from 4:30 to 5:00 as long as they were not on any machines. I don't drink beer but I loved how he did that for the guys. It was a really a cool place that way.
 

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I've lightened up over the years. We stop for lunch now and I/we usually leave the job site.
For a snack or on those days I don't stop, I keep a box of Quaker granola bars in the truck. Peanut butter and chocolate chip. I don't know about energy, but they have calories and taste good.
I use to take about 3 minutes to stuff a sandwich in my face. Over the years I've learned to appreciate the small break in the middle of the day Lunch is from 10-4 during the middle of the day. Usually about 1/2 hour. When I'm hungry it's lunchtime. Or sometimes I want to get something done before the break. This is especially true for me when I am spraying finish or gluing parts. It gives time for it to do it's thing while I have lunch and when I'm done, it's ready for the next operation.
 
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