I lust for a life of convenience. Sometimes I dream about what it would be like to sleep in an extra twenty minutes every day and just pick up my lunches while I’m at work. While it’s a nice blip in my imagination, the fact is, if I really think about it, the benefits of bringing my lunch (AKA brown bagging) far outweigh the convenience factor.
To bring a sack lunch means I:
1. Save money;
Eating out can be expensive. Even if you’re buying the cheaper menu items, it’s rare that you’re spending less than you would if you’d put something together yourself. Sure there are days when I’m just dying for sushi, but keeping it as a sometimes treat makes it special, and helps me hang onto my pennies a bit longer.
2. Reduce or eliminate packaging;
Reusable containers, people! Of course you’re welcome to bring your own reusable container to a take-out restaurant, but do you? No. None of us do. So, until that becomes the social norm (and I think it’s a worthwhile cause), let’s avoid picking up the items that come wrapped in foil, cellophane, paper, and are stuffed into a styrofoam container.
And before you say anything, I’m well aware that the last thing our dear planet needs is more plastic. I’ve seen glass lunch-sized containers but have found them a bit pricey/breakable. I’m open to suggestions though, if anyone has any!
3. Enjoy healthful food.
Yes. There are certainly healthy options available at many restaurants. The problem is that too often, too many of us just ignore those options. Personally, knowing the abundance of healthful produce sitting in my fridge, courtesy of Taproot Farms, it’s rare that I’ll head to a restaurant *just* for a salad. So for me, it makes way more sense to use up those brightly coloured veggies in something I’ve prepared myself (yes, washing counts as preparing), than pay someone twice as much to package me up something equally as delicious.*
Don’t worry though, my friends! I do very much support our local chefs and restaurants. Halifax has a plethora of great places to choose from if you’re looking to dine in or take out. When you are ready to treat yourself to a meal out, just remember to eat local!
*Yes, I realize how arrogant that sounds, but it’s just lunch you guys. I’m talking about salads and carrot sticks. I didn’t need to train at the Cordon Bleu to learn how to rinse celery.