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3 Good Reasons to Pack Your Lunch

By Genevieve Cunningham

When we're kids, the thought of picking out and carrying a lunchbox to school is an exciting thought. As we get older, our ideas about a packed lunch start to change. As teens, it’s not cool to take your lunch. And as adults, we're already so out of the practice, it seems like too much work. But as it turns out, packing your lunch may be one of the best things that you can do for your health. If you aren’t currently taking your lunch to school or work, take a look at these three reasons to make it a habit today.

To Save Calories

Packing your lunch, if you do it properly, is bound to save you a few calories from your daily total. This allows you to choose the exact foods to pack in your lunchbox that will fit perfectly into your diet plan. Going out to eat often forces you to consume far more calories than you intended. The key to making this work is to plan ahead. Make sure that you grocery shop with homemade lunches in mind, and you will be able to keep the calorie count down and the nutritional content high.

To Save Time

Packing your lunch might seem like a chore, but it will actually save you a bit of time in the long run. Going out to eat simply takes more time than filling out a lunch box. Getting to a location, ordering, and then waiting on your food all adds up. If you pack your lunch, you simply pull out what you brought and eat it. Then with your leftover lunch time, you can do whatever you choose. This might include running errands, getting a nap, doing a quick exercise routine, or reading a book. This is a great way to get just a few minutes to yourself without altering your plans much at all.

To Save Money

Going out to eat is expensive. And if you want to get quality food, it's even more expensive. But if you pack your lunch, then you have plenty of time to plan on low-cost high-quality food. This is an excellent way to save in your budget, and the best part is that you save more than what you would think. Stick to taking a lunch for a month, and then add up your total savings, and you’ll likely be in for a significant and pleasant surprise.

Taking your lunch is an excellent choice. It can help you save big in multiple ways. Get prepared, make it a priority, and make it fun! You may be surprised at the difference it makes in your health and your pocketbook with just this one little addition to your normal routine.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Livermore, Calif.

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