Dear busy, big hearted professionals (I’m talking to YOU!),
Do you ever leave the house without lunch? I’m not talking about the time you forgot it (that’s annoying too though!), I’m talking about that time when you stupidly decided there was time to make eggs, mushrooms and hash browns for breakfast ON A WEEKDAY. That time where you were so pleased that everyone was ready to leave and had their lunches sorted, except then you looked down and realised you were still in your daggy PJ’s and weren’t sure you even had time to brush your hair, let alone have a shower before work! That time when you opened the fridge and it was so full of stuff that looked good but it was just too hard to figure out how to make a meal out of it? You know, those times.
Let’s set the scene with a few reasons why we often miss out on eating nourishing, healthy food…
Buying lunch out is easy (but also expensive and often unhealthy!)
Buying lunch out is costly. It eats into your break time and generally isn’t healthy. Neglecting to make your own lunch is super common. Especially if you work somewhere where there are plenty of tasty options nearby. It’s crazy to think that you could be spending thousands on lunch (not to mention coffee!) each year!
There are great excuses not to make lunch at home
Of course, making a salad the night before can be unappealing too. Yummy salads often don’t taste so yummy the next day. You know what I mean. Soggy tomatoes, greens that looked creased and kind of black, dressing that has made everything else look a bit gross…not exactly appetising.
We end up in a rut- no time in the morning to make great food and often making it the night before isn’t a good option either.
Meal prep can be arduous
While we are on this topic, have you ever loathed the thought of making dinner- AGAIN?! Remember that time, you were so chuffed with your efforts because it was 5pm and you had an awesome meal in the oven ready to go, and then you looked in the mirror and realised there was the remnants of the kids lunch in your hair and baby vomit on your shoulder so you quickly jumped in the shower for like, 5 seconds to rinse off before hubby got home…and your burned the whole darn thing that you had worked so hard to get done?
Best of all, recall the moment when hubby came home, and there was an epic mess throughout the living room and kitchen, you have a baby on your hip, a toddler tugging your pants (or alternatively, teenagers slothing on the couch), and he asks you ‘what did you do today?’ As you stare at him, very blankly, you suddenly can’t even formulate an answer because what on earth DID you do?! Too many things to list right!
When you get home from work the last thing you want to do is think about cooking (or finding a recipe, making sure you have ingredients AND that its somewhat healthy)
You have been hard at work all day, both you and your other half. Its 6pm and you get home and attend to a zillion other things that need doing. When your tummies start to grumble you cringe at the thought of making a meal. Except you are starving! The fridge is stocked. FULL! Overflowing in fact because it seems a LOT quicker and easier to just order something in. You want to be eating healthier meals but seriously, who cooks their own these days anyway?
For a whole bunch of reasons, we are really busy and healthy food often goes straight into the too hard basket.
We need to talk. About all those ‘experts’ who say eating healthy is easy.
Umm, hello…McDonalds is easy. Chicken and chips with some sliced tomato is easy. Two minute noodles are easy. Chinese takeaway is easy. TOAST is easy!
So what to do?
If you want to take back control and start thinking about taking lunch to work, I have a free resource that might help. It’s the ultimate guide on how to lunch like a pro. There are other bonus tips and resources for owning the pre-work chaos and meal planning too.
I can’t say I have this mastered (we are ALL a work in progress!), but I can tell you that these tips will help to alleviate stress and enable you to feel more organised. It’s time to leave the house ready to face the day with all its complexities, lunch prepared and ready to eat!