In today’s modern, fast-paced, rat race society, heading off to work may feel like a frantic adventure in and of itself. The last thing you want to do in the morning when you’re already running late is to try and figure out what you’re going to bring for lunch. It’s one of the reasons why millions of Americans and others around the world end up buying their lunch out at a local café, deli, or even fast food.
There are plenty of reasons why it’s better to bring your lunch to work than go out and try to pick something up quickly. I’m going to point out a few of them and hopefully you take some of these reasons to heart and begin making your own lunch at home.
You’ll often have to rush to finally eat your lunch.
You may get an hour for lunch in the middle of the day and that might seem like plenty of time, but by the time you actually get to a deli, café, restaurant, or fast food joint, order, and get your food, you may have less than 10 or 15 minutes to actually eat your lunch. That means you’re going to be rushing your food down the pipe, so to speak.
When you eat in a hurry, you are not chewing properly, not savoring the food you actually have in your hand, and it can make it feel as though the break barely even happened.
You’re in much better control of healthy eating.
When you get into a habit of making your own lunch to take with you to work, you can control healthy eating much more effectively. You may check the calorie count on certain menus, focus on eating more salads, maybe with chicken or something else on top, but it’s much more difficult to actually control what you eat. You may end up consuming more calories than you planned on and that can affect any weight loss goals you may have.
You’ll save a lot of money.
The average fast food meal is currently $7. That includes fries or one side, a drink, and then the main food item. Depending on where you live, this can be quite a bit higher than that. Now, with the push for increased minimum wages for fast food workers and others, if it goes through in your area, expect to pay even more, possibly over $10 for every single fast food meal.
If you eat at a café, deli, restaurant, you’re paying a lot more than that, too. You can make a simple meal at home for lunch for just a couple of dollars a day, or even less.
You can use up leftovers at home.
If you have leftovers from the dinner the night before, you can have these on your lunch break. Not only will you be eating healthier, you’ll also be able to start eating within a matter of minutes after your lunch break actually starts. It’s a win-win all the way around.
There is a lot less temptation when you pack your own lunch.
When you head out for lunch and you have to go to a deli, café, or somewhere else to grab something to eat, you’ll find many temptations for snacks that aren’t good for you. You may think, “That’s not a big deal for this one time,” but you’re likely to do it time and time and time again. Don’t get into that habit.
Packing your lunch and bringing it with you every day is so beneficial and you’ll actually have a lot more money at the end of the month as a result.
Written by G. T. Hedlund