During the last few months of last year, I had difficulty preparing bento. Snoozing in bed for a few more minutes felt more desirable over slaving around in the kitchen. I’m hoping to change that this year. It took me the second week to get started but any time is a good time to get back on track.
Aside from the usual reasons: It’s cheaper, it’s more convenient come lunch time, and it’s pretty, I have found another good reason to pack lunch. It’s so I can start eating healthier. I’m not talking big, life changing resolutions that alter the way I eat. I still love food, muchly so. I still can’t swear off fried food from my diet. I still enjoy digging into a bag of potato chips. Nutella over everything is still love. But at least, packing my own lunch puts me in control of what I eat. It lets me control the portions. It also allows me to balance it off with vegetables—steamed, not buttered, mind you. And because I’m the one cooking, I am able to make small, healthier substitutions to the dishes. I just hope I can find the discipline to stick to this. Have you made similar resolutions, too?