A few things I’ve found helpful while learning how to pack a lunch: how I try to balance planning ahead with being flexible.
Hi. If you’re like me you dislike meal prep. Once I dive in and do it, it’s not so bad. But “not so bad” doesn’t mean I want to do it. My thought process on a typical Sunday evening?
I think, “I should make sure I have meals ready so I’m not scrambling to pull something together while trying to get out the door.” But then, “what if I make something and then I don’t feel like eating it the next day?” (Now would be a good time for you to say “deal with it.”)
One last complaint: there’s also the fact that it’s just not as fun to cook if you’re not going to eat whatever it is you’re cooking directly afterwards. Does anyone else identify with that, or is it just me?
Now that I’ve had my rant, let’s get down to business of how to pack a lunch. My whole meal prep philosophy is this: balance being prepared with being flexible. In other words, have a variety of nourishing, satisfying options at the ready. Here are the practical factors I run through to make sure it happens.