Thursday, October 19, 2017
 

Bring Your Lunch To Work

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Bring Your Lunch To Work

We are living in a “grab-and-go” world. Whether we wait in line to get our coffee in the morning or sit in our cars at the drive-thru during lunch, very few of us actually take the time to prepare what we eat and drink. You may know someone who always shakes up their breakfast, or packs a lunch in their brightly-colored plastic containers, but do you ever stop and think of the benefits of doing this?

If you’re part of the grab-and-go crowd, look at the nutrition labels and costs of what you’re buying each and every day.  Health-wise, the calories, sodium, and fat content are probably sky high. When you factor in how much you spend every day, week, and year on that cup of coffee and fast-food lunch, I’ll bet you’re surprised at just how much it is. CNN.com has a story covering this titled, “How to be better about bringing your lunch to work.” If you’re spending $10 a day, that equals $200 a month and $2,400 a year. Imagine what else you could buy with that amount of money.

So how, as a grab-and-go type of person, can you get into the habit of bringing your own lunch? The CNN article lists three choices. You can prepare and package all your work week meals over the weekend, you can prepare them in the evening, which is even easier if you combine it with making dinner, or you can wake up earlier and make your lunch before you head off to work. Leftovers are another option if you don’t mind eating the same thing you just had on a previous day. Plus, leftovers eliminate the need for prep work. Another option would be to find a co-worker who also brings their lunch and set up a schedule where one person brings enough food for both. This cuts down on the number of days you need to prepare a lunch while also adding variety you may not have considered.

One of the reasons listed for eating out at lunch is a chance to get away from the office. This is a valid reason, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t bring your lunch. Most likely, there is a lunch room or office kitchen, tables and chairs outside on nice days, or a nearby park.

Yes, there will always be days when you just want to eat at a restaurant for lunch, or you’re meeting a friend or joining colleagues, or you have to take out a client. For those other times, consider bringing your lunch. Your wallet and your waistline will thank you!

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