Well, I'm in a bit of a pickle. Let me explain.
For those who don't know, I'm a uni student, and I live on campus in a fully catered hall. This has pros and cons as far as the diet goes, but the best thing I think (aside from not having to cook and having so much choice at meal times) is it makes it much easier to eat ONLY at meal times. I'm the sort of person who eats food if it's there - living with the dining hall means I can not have any food available to me between meals if I choose. I could go and get an apple or a glass of milk, but that's about the limit, and it helps me stay on track. After dinner, the dining hall closes, so I don't even have those.
What I do have is a cheap canteen open between 8 and 10, 6 evenings per week. There's also a vending machine outside my door, for all other hours of the night. This makes chocolate and etc available when it's not wanted, which is tricky, but I'm getting there.
Now, my dilemma.
As a student working late at night, there are times when you are genuinely hungry. Like right now, for instance. Study is hard, it takes it out of you, and although most of the time for me it's just craving, sometimes I'm really hungry. And it's tricky telling myself it's too late to eat, because concentrating is harder when you're hungry, and I need to concentrate to get my work done.
The vending machine has one appropriate thing in it, beside all the chips and chocolate - a packet of mixed nuts, dried fruit, and seeds. I've gotten it a couple of times, and it's good. It fill you up, and it a good alternative to the sweet stuff. Problem is, right now I don't have the correct coins for the machine. I've got enough for lollies though. But I don't want them. (Well, I do, but I'm trying not to tell myself that...) The other thing I have is a kettle and some cup-a-soups, which aren't quite as appropriate for this sort of thing.
So. Here I am. I'm studying, I'm hungry, I'm planning on studying a few more hours, and being hungry is making it difficult. And I have no good food available to me.
Here are my options, I think.
1. Go hungry. Best diet-wise, worst study-wise.
2. Buy the lollies. Makes me feel a little better, but ruins any good eating I've done today.
3. Eat the soup. But I don't really want it.
4. In future, make sure I have enough coins for the nuts. Problem is, this means I also have enough coins for the chocolate, and if my resolve is weak...
5. In future, have some similar things kept in my room for this situation. But, as I said earlier, if it's there I'll eat it, that's why I try and keep my room food-free.
So yeah, not sure what to do, either tonight or tomorrow night or the next... Not sure if the situation will repeat, but it might.
Any idea? Comments? Suggestions? Advice? Please?