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22 office food problems every working woman understands

Work is hard, but hanger's brutal.

By Elizabeth Narins

1. When your stomach starts growling like whoa but it's not even noon. Eat the lunch you packed at 10:45 a.m., and it's not lunch, it's second breakfast.

2. Wanting to shoot off this one quick email before lunch, but 45 minutes later, you're still sitting at your desk S-T-A-R-V-I-N-G. Literally on the edge of death right now.

3. When someone stops you on your way out to get lunch. **It doesn't really matter if it's your boss doling out a sa-weet promotion or the CEO announcing the company's demise.** It can't possibly be more important than feeding yourself right now because noon/lunch/BYE.

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4. Getting a meeting invite for the exact time you eat lunch every single day. You want to meet at 12:35? Really? Oooph, sorry, I have a Very Important conflicting appointment with a salad.

5. Craving absolutely anything besides the lunch you buy every other day — but totally ending up at your go-to sandwich spot anyway. The only thing worse than forcing down another turkey club is trying a new place that makes you wait forever for your food — or walking one extra block to get there.

6. When your work fridge smells like ass. WHAT DIED IN HERE AND WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?! Yes, you can leave now and take your vile month-old leftovers with you.

7. Dying of thirst because the water cooler is so far away. Too far to hydrate.

8. Feeling like a ~queen~ for packing lunch — you're saving so much money! — until you realise your sandwich is soggy AF. Gross, but also ah-mazing because when does a Mad Mex burrito not trump a wet sandwich? Guac me up!

9. Eating such a healthy lunch — but then your co-worker unveils her famous brownies. You're not going to not eat one. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

10. Packing last night's leftovers for lunch — and accidentally feeding them to the inside of your bag. #TupperwareFail. In related news, your bag will smell like chicken teriyaki always and forever. Not a terrible thing.

11. When the yoghurt you stashed this morning mysteriously disappears from the communal fridge. And just like that, you start leaving passive aggressive overtly aggressive Post-Its in the cupboard.

12. Forgetting how strong garlic smells until your leftover pasta comes out of the office microwave. Even more unfortunate: Everything that comes out of that microwave for the foreseeable future will also reek of garlic.

13. When your co-worker gets pizza for lunch. If there were a code red for food envy, the scent of pizza would set it off. You get one whiff of the smartest decision Pizza Steve has made all month (pepperoni, genius), and absolutely anything else you eat for lunch will pale in comparison. Thanks for nothing, Pizza Steve.

14. Realising your lunch order is just $3 short of the minimum for delivery. Now you have to order dumplings for two or actually leave your desk to pick up lunch.

15. Desperately trying not to breathe during your meeting because your breath reeks so badly of onions. It's a cruel world where people slip raw onion into lunch salad.

16. Making a cup of office coffee before you realise the office milk has gone real bad. Now you're stuck with black coffee and a tough decision: Try not to gag as you pour the chunky milk down the drain, or quickly close the fridge door and retreat from the kitchen pretending you saw and smelled nothing.

17. Finding the world's most disgusting collection of crumbs in your keyboard. This is where they will live until the day you die or quit because you're never getting them out of there — not possible.

18. Realising you've had a massive piece of spinach stuck between your teeth — ALL DAY. Don't make me list all the evil people who obviously saw said spinach and said absolutely nothing.

19. Not wanting to go to the gym after work on an empty stomach — or a full one. You ate lunch six hours ago, so there's a pretty good chance your growling stomach will drown out the yoga instructor's voice if you don't eat something beforehand. But you're also pretty sure you'll vom all over your yoga mat if you fill up before class. Now what?

20. Waiting so stupidly long to wash your breakfast bowl that you end up spending more time scrubbing it than you spent eating from it. That dried cereal crust stuck to the bottom of the bowl doesn't clean itself.

21. Cringing every time your nearest co-worker opens a bag of chips because you know he's going to chew disgustingly loud. But also kind of wanting him to offer you a few Doritos. Pretty, pretty please?

22. Being SO. FREAKING. HUNGRY at the end of the day but wanting to save yourself for a really delicious dinner reservation. If second lunch happens now, it will totally ruin dinner. But also starvation, so does anyone have any chocolate they want to share RN?

Source: Cosmo US