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5 True Benefits of Packing Your Lunch for School or Work

May 17, 2019 3 min read

Milkdot lunch tote with a packed lunch.

 

We’ve listed 5 real benefits that will change your life just by packing your lunch!

1) You will save money.

So let’s do a simple calculation. Eating out everyday for lunch could cost on average close to $10/day. There are 261 working days/year. That adds up to $2610/year! If we want to go more conservative, we can average our out-lunch costs to $8/day. That still adds up to $2088/year!

Ok, well we know a packed lunch isn’t going to be free, so let’s assume it will cost $4/day which is maybe on the more generous side. At $4/day, that adds up to $1044. This means you will definitely be saving at least $1000/year and possibly more depending on your average spend on lunch. What would you do with an extra $1000?!

2) You will reduce your ecological footprint on the environment.

The more we buy, the more we end up throwing away. Think about how many plastic containers, plastic utensils and paper we throw away each time we eat out. According to a 2015 study by the EPA, Americans threw out 262.4 million tons of trash and 137.7 million tons ended up in landfills. Whoa, this is serious!

So what can I do?

a) Pack a lunch in a reusable lunch bag that’s made with non-toxic materials.
b) Use a non-toxic, reusable water bottle, containers, utensils and napkin for a waste-free lunch.
c) If you have leftovers, pack them in your lunch so you don’t end up throwing it away.

Every small change you make is one step more towards living a conscious life. And if we all make small changes, together we can help protect our beautiful planet and one another.

3) You will eat healthier and feel better.

By packing your lunch, you’re in complete control over what you eat. Eating healthy doesn’t need to be complicated. We often don’t get enough fruits and vegetables throughout the day but if we pack them, we’ll eat them. You can start simple with something like a homemade pasta salad, baby carrots, an apple and water instead of sugary drinks like soda. When we eat healthy, it’s proven that we feel better, inside and out.

4) You will have more time to relax.

Most Americans have about an hour to eat for lunch. Think about how much time it takes to think about where you want to eat out, the travel time to get there, the time to decide what you want to eat and the time it takes waiting to pay for your food. By the time you finally start eating, how much time do you actually have to eat and relax before you need to head back to work or class?

We’re living in a time where it seems as if we’re always so busy being busy. When in fact, we need quiet moments throughout the day that put us on pause so we can remember to breathe and just be in the present moment. Rather than rushing to grab and eat a quick lunch, if you choose to pack a lunch, you will have more time to relax and enjoy what you’re eating.

5) You will have more time for yourself and more time to read.

How many times have you said either to yourself or to others, “I need to read more.” Having more time to eat and relax because you brought a packed lunch, means extra time to do something for yourself. So choose to turn off social media and choose to read that book that you’ve been meaning to read. How fun would it be to start a book club with other fellow lunch packers and then discuss the book together. Hey, you never know, but a book may help change your life! It certainly did for me!

 

 


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