Hey all - been frequenting the website for a few months now and finally signed up for the forums so this is my first post.
I've got a unique situation. A few years back I stopped being able to drink just about any protein shakes. Using the recommended serving size left me feeling overly full, spending the next hour or so trying to stop hiccuping and feeling liked I needed to burp or vomit. Paired with some recently developed digestive issues with a high dairy diet, I'm beginning to think I've become intolerant of whey and milk products. To top this all off, I already avoid high sodium foods for the sake of my blood pressure, so I avoid jerky and dried meats.
With this in mind, I'm trying to find a way to maintain a healthy diet (aiming to lose weight with minimal muscle loss, but not necessarily trying to build muscle at the moment). I do not have a mini fridge in my office, and I don't want to open cans of tuna in my office for the sake of my colleagues. There is a fridge downstairs from my office, and while I don't mind walking down to it, it's kept fully stocked with my colleagues' food preferences and frequently surrounded with candy and junk food left out for an afternoon pick-me-up by those same colleagues (I try to avoid that area to limit the opportunities for moments of weakness).
I've started bringing some fruits (apples, bosc pears, bananas) to work, as well as some "organic energy bars" from Costco (they're basically just granola bars), but in order to feel full I end up eating a lot of carbs when I'm trying to get away from them.
I'd be interested in hearing some other ways to incorporate higher protein, lower carb snacks while at work without resorting to dairy, protein powders, or beef jerky. I'd also welcome any tips to increasing my vegetable intake while at work, because I've always been bad about eating green. Foods that don't need to be refrigerated would be great suggestions, but I may need to break down and get a mini-fridge, so don't be afraid to suggest perishables as well.
I look forward to hearing your feedback!