We all know we can save some money and stay healthy by bringing lunch to work instead of buying it every day. By waking 30 minutes earlier every morning to prepare your day’s lunch, is will be a small sacrifice compared to the rewards it will bring. Come to think of it, it not such a big sacrifice especially when you think of the time your spend queuing at the cafeteria. Or the time it takes you to walk/ drive to a restaurant.
By bringing your lunch, you get to pick healthy foods for yourself. Not all the food you buy for lunch is usually unhealthy for you, but you can make a healthier meal for yourself because you have total control over what you carry. My experience of bringing packed lunch to work brought a huge change to my healthy as well as my finances. Invest in a good insulated lunch box and you’re good to start enjoying real homemade food.
Here are some reasons you too should bring your lunch to work.
It saves you more money than you think
Carrying your lunch to work is way cheaper than you’d think. You could save about $20 weekly if you brought lunch to work. Over time, this little money adds up. Of course, you will have to increase your grocery shopping for each week, but be on the lookout for sales in your nearby grocery. You can also shop for your groceries at the farmer’s markets where produce is cheap.
Enjoy More Time during your lunch break
Bringing lunch to work means you will not go to stand in line at the cafeteria with your co-workers to buy food. This means extra time to relax and savor your food without being in a rush. You can use the extra time to go for a walk, work on a personal project or to relax.
Even though your local eat out joint may promise to serve you with fresh produce, it might not be as fresh as you may imagine. You will likely get more nutrient packed food when you prepare your lunch at home. Since you have the control to buy food and bring with you to work, you can decide whether to take organic or local produce. With time, taking quality food makes a huge difference in your life.
You can control food portions
Since you are the one preparing and packing your food, you can control how much food you eat. The easiest way to control your food portions is to pack the right amount of food and servings. There is minimal room for a restaurant to control your food consumption because you are easily tempted to clear everything in your plate.
Promote Your Weight Loss Efforts
One of the most interesting and very beneficial aspects of bringing your lunch to work is that it may help you cut off some few pounds. Carrying to work homemade food means fewer calories because of controlled portion sizing. When packing your lunches, remember to keep portions for oils, grains, nuts, and carbs minimal, while increasing portions for low-calorie foods such as vegetables.
Treat yourself once in a week or on occasion, especially if there is a particular food you enjoy and cannot easily make on your own.