The Art of Cherry Picking a Plate, Surprise Sequel

The Art of Cherry Picking a Plate, Surprise Sequel

For anyone who has been following the sage there is a twist to the tale. Not only do I have to control what I pick from the menu choice, but I also have to resist the following temptations, present in my shared office 24/7. These are constantly restocked by the catering group, may be someone's idea of paradise, an unending chocolate supply, for me it's a bit of a nightmare! As it's a shared space I can't just chuck it out into the desert, willpower will have to do.

Stuff I am avoiding:

Fridge; Canned soda's, various types, fruit juice, various, peanut butter, cheese slices, cheese squares, box of various chocolate bars (Mars, Snicker, KitKat, Bounty and Galaxies)

On the 'good' side is the fruit packs, they are my sugary treat now, I will wipe out a pack a day easy, 2 apples, a pear, a plum, an orange, a kiwi and a small bunch of grapes. There are also a couple of low fat yoghurts in there that I can have when hunger strikes.

Coffee Table, all avoid zone; 5 packs of digestives (plain and chocolate) 2 packs of chocolate bourbons, 3 packs of butter biscuits, 5 packs of Lays crisps, various flavours. 2 boxes of dates.

To be honest I will have the odd date or two, they are packed with natural sugars but also a lot of other decent stuff. Can't have many though.

That's a Bunn Industrial coffee maker, I can make a pot of coffee in about 37 seconds, and another, and another, it's a coffee making monster. It's got 3 hot plates, if you ever need 6 liters of coffee in a minute and a half let me know! Hasn't been used since I started the plan, I like sugar in my hot drinks and I figured I could do well to cut out the refined sugar, so I'm on a pure water plan for fluids, 2 boxes (26 lt) are within arms reach below all the treats...ooops, sorry, below the poison!!!


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9 Replies

  • OMG, Stevo, I don't know how you cope!! I'd have to have my mouth wired!! :o

  • Oh StevoI feel for you 😬😲

    It's not just seeing it all for me it would be all the food smells. Coffee and choccie goes so well........

    Good luck


  • Oh you are so right, that's why that machine is switched off! Didn't think about the effect of the aromas but it would be harder I'm sure.

    Sticking with it so far though so good to go.

  • :O Oh my gosh!! At least there IS fruit.... a small silver lining. I couldn't resist all the coffee though. heaven.

  • It's very tricky having all that around you. Maybe the company should be thinking about providing healthier alternatives all round - you can't be the only person concerned about their health

  • Even more Wow! Thank goodness for the fruit to eat! I love peanut butter stuffed into dates - might give you a bit of variety. Also peanut butter (not much) spread on slices of apple.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Think you are doing fab, know its hard when it's right in front of you. I actually like it when the Americans stuff the fridges with their "chocolate" and stuff as I carnt stand any of their food! Always try and avoid the "treat" sections and like it when they segregate the water and fruit to another fridge but not always practical unfortunately. Keep up the hard work! 😊

  • Such an interesting series! I missed a couple but have now caught up and I'm awe-struck by your commitment when I've seen those meal plates! You have completely the right idea in the way you're cherry-picking those plates, and I stand by my idea of making friends with the catering staff - surely those carrots in your salad came from somewhere other than a 5kg tin!

    One challenge, given that you're stuck out there for so long - try giving up the sugar in your drinks. I know it sounds hard but you might be surprised. My SIL did it recently, he took three in every cup and just went cold turkey (no-one else in my family has taken it for years). Took him a week to adjust. You may be surprised if you can do it at how much it affects your tastebuds, making you want less sugar - and wouldn't it be lovely to enjoy a coffee again, it's so much more substantial than water.

    Honestly, the best of luck, you have my wholehearted admiration for even attempting this in your circumstances, let alone bossing those doughnuts like you do!

  • Thanks AnnTandy, you'll be pleased to hear the sugar cut out is already in full swing, haven't had a soft drink or any fruit juice cartons, just a few cups of black unsweetened coffee during the last week.

    I noticed that with the salad carrots, they mast have them raw, maybe they are trying to prevent too many special orders, with as many people that are on the different locations it would get to be a nightmare pretty quick if they all wanted their own special additions. Maybe I'll just give the campboss a call and have a chat with him.

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