Do you eat your lunch out during the work day? Who knew there were so many reasons to start packing your lunch instead? Here are the top 10.
1.Cost. Packing your lunch instead of buying it out somewhere will undoubtedly save you money. Take just your beverage for example. The average cola price at a fast food restaurant? $1.39. The average cost for a can from a 12 pack at the grocery store? $0.32.
2.Gas. Not only will you save money on the meal itself, packing your lunch will also save precious gas in your car.
3.Your Car. Short trips in your car cause more wear and tear than longer commutes. If you are driving to and from a local restaurant for lunch 5 days a week you are reducing the life of your car considerably.
4.Environment. Packing your lunch is also better for the environment. Toting a reusable lunch bag and bringing your lunch in washable plastic containers keeps restaurant food packing out of landfills.
5.Nutrition. Even with the new healthier options most restaurants have available, packing your lunch will always allow you to bring the healthiest options available including fresh fruits and vegetables which are hard to come by in fast food joints.
6.Calories. Not only do packed lunches have better nutrition, they typically also have fewer calories and fat. Packing your lunch insures you eat what you brought instead of making the hasty decision to get a triple cheeseburger.
7.Extra time. Even if the closest restaurants are just a 5 minute drive from your office, you still waste time going and coming during your lunch break. Find some extra time in your day (to eat, rest, or balance your checkbook) by packing your lunch instead.
8. Modeling. No, not the fashion kind on the runway. Instead, the kind that shows our children how to act by example. Modeling healthy eating for your children will show them how important a balanced diet is in their lives.
9. Craving control. When you eat out for lunch you don’t have anything to stop your midmorning craving for something sweet. So, you run to the vending machine for a candy bar. If you pack your lunch and midmorning hunger strikes, you can always get out a portion of your lunch to snack on.
10. No waste. The final reason to pack your lunch is to make sure no food in your household is wasted. Bringing leftovers from last night’s dinner is tasty and prevents having to clean out the dreaded moldy plastic container from the back of the fridge 6 weeks down the road.
Packing your lunch is a smart idea. Start small with one or two days a week and pretty soon you will really be reaping the benefits.