WIAW #5: What I Eat At Work


Lately I’ve been trying to meditate and exercise first thing in the morning, but today I just felt a bit lazy so I made my breakfast first: a giant pancake made from whatever was around (leftover apple/carrot pulp from a juice, flour, water, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, sugar) and added some banana slices in the batter for fun. A cup of caramel black tea was the icing on the cake (so to speak). 

Post-Run Snack

After meditation (I’m on day 8 of Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge) I completed two sets of Tone It Up’s Bikini Blast Workout and then went for a short run in the park. I don’t run for too long since I’m a complete beginner and quickly get bored of running. Post workout snack was a small handful of cashew nuts, shaved almonds and dried currants. Yum 🙂 I love trailmix. I could eat that stuff all day loooooong.


I have been dreaming of having a tomato cheesy toastie for ages. I planned to make one for lunch but it turned into a sandwich of monstrous proportions. I added kale and leftover adzuki beans and my homemade bread slices were preposterously thick (I suck at slicing bread. I’m in dire need of a good bread slicer machine), so this was one hell of a satisfying lunch. Easy on the tastebuds, too. 

I can’t give the bread recipe, unfortunately, because I got it from The Great British Book of Baking. For the “cheese” I blended some cashews with a bit of water, lemon juice, salt and nooch (nutritional yeast). Om nom. 

Afternoon Snack/Pre-Work Meal

Look at that colour. 

I HAVE CREATED PURPLE SOUP. *thunder, lighting and a superhero pose*

This purple cabbage soup makes me feel so awesome. It may not smell great (to me) but it tastes just fine and that freakin’ colour! It made my day when it turned purple in the blender. I think I squealed. 

What I Eat At Work

I’m an events waitress, which means that I am one of those people dressed all in black, sometimes wearing an apron, serving rich people at banquets and award ceremonies. I’m continuously staring at exquisitely crafted meals, inhaling the dreamy smells wafting from the kitchens, usually while I’m hungry. Not so fun, but then I also get to go backstage in places most people never will. 

We (the waiting staff) never know if we’ll get to eat before or after our shift, or if we’ll be fed, and if not will there be leftovers, etc. We just don’t know. I found out this painful fact on my first shift, which turned out to be the worst ever. I’d woken up at 7am, had my breakfast half an hour later and started my shift at 11am. I assumed we’d get a lunch break right before service because that seemed logical to me. Nobody had explained to me that some catering companies will only feed you leftovers at the very end of the shift, which was at 3pm that day, nor that they don’t legally have to feed you or give you a break unless you work for 6 hours or more. Consequently, I did not eat for a full 7 and a half hours. When we did get food (which was vegetarian, not vegan), my stomach was so upset it couldn’t keep it down. I threw up everything I was given and returned home miserable, weak and on the verge of tears. 

Since then I’ve learnt a lot. Rule #1: always eat something before your shift. Usually this will be a Nakd Bar or a 9 Bar if I need something more substantial. I may also have a bowl of soup at home if I’m starting a late shift, for example at 5pm, knowing we’ll finish around 10 or 11pm. 

The company I like to work for (I will not name them, as that may compromise my work) feeds us right before our shift. We get an apple, a packet of crisps, a sandwich and a bottle of water. I can never have the sandwich because it isn’t vegan, so I have the apple and the crisps, and the water of course. Sometimes I even knick a few apples and eat them for the rest of the week. We may also receive some leftover dessert or chocolates at the end of the shift, but that depends on how big the event is that we’re working for. 

Another shift I worked for recently was one of those cool shifts where we serve a group of 50 people or less, in a small venue. The atmosphere is much more relaxed: the chefs aren’t stressed out and yelling at the waiters, the managers aren’t on edge, and that means you’re more likely to get a nice plate of steaming food and some goodies at the end. When the chef found out I was vegan he served me a large plate of steamed veggies with vegetarian gravy and a massive dollop of mashed potatoes. We even got dessert later. 

So in my area of work, I’m never 100% certain of what I’m going to get. This is just another facet of veganism that you have to prepare for; consider it Rule #2. If it’s going to be a long shift and I get dessert afterwards, I’m not picky about it, I’ll eat it (as long as it doesn’t contain any meat). I don’t torture or starve myself; I just try my best to stick to my diet as much as possible. 

In between meals I drink a few cups of tea here and there, sometimes as many as four a day. I ❤ tea. So much.

What about you? Do you eat at work or prepare your meals in advance? Let me know in a comment below!

— Clem

3 thoughts on “WIAW #5: What I Eat At Work

  1. I can't believe I've never noticed this one!

    As I operate in the same lines as you, I suffer from not knowing what I get to eat. My favourite company will feed us on the early shift but the late shift have to survive without. Luckily I'm always on the early shift!! I'm usually fine until I have main courses in hand… After that, anything goes! xD


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