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Boost Your Mental Health: The Impact of Eating Out vs Packing Your Lunch

Growing tired of using the staff lounge microwave? Has eating out regularly become more of a habit than not? Did you know that this could have a significant impact on your mental health? Research has shown that frequently dining out is associated with higher levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. On the other hand, packing your lunch not only saves money but also has profound benefits for your mental well-being.

When you pack your lunch, you have greater control over what you eat, allowing you to make healthier choices that nourish your body and mind. Plus, taking the time to prepare and enjoy a homemade meal can be a form of self-care, reducing stress and promoting mindfulness.

To help you get started on your lunch-packing journey, here are some no-cook (and no microwave required) bento box lunch ideas that are as delicious as they are nutritious:

Greek Salad Bento Box: Combine cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, olives, and chickpeas in one compartment. In another, pack a small container of tzatziki sauce for dipping. Add a side of whole grain pita bread or crackers for a satisfying meal.

California Roll Bento Box: Fill one compartment with sushi rice seasoned with rice vinegar. In another, place slices of avocado, cucumber, and imitation crab or smoked salmon. Serve with soy sauce, pickled ginger, and wasabi on the side.

Caprese Bento Box: Arrange slices of fresh mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, and basil leaves in one compartment. Drizzle with balsamic glaze for extra flavor. In another compartment, include a serving of whole grain bread or crackers.

Remember, taking the time to pack your lunch is an investment in your mental health and well-being. So why not give it a try and see how it positively impacts your day?

Less stress, more nourishment!

Kelly Sherman, MS, NC, CGP, CPT Provision Nutrition & Wellness

Kelly Sherman, MS, NC, CGP, CPT, is a licensed nutritionist specializing in empowering women to reclaim their health by cutting through misinformation and ditching the diet culture. She has a master’s degree in nutrition and is degreed in exercise science as well as a certified personal trainer. With over 20 years of experience in the field, she combines the best of both nutrition and exercise sciences to best help her clients reach their potential. To nourish is to flourish!


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