Returning to work just 6 weeks after new baby Bambina arrived brought with it some routine adjustments (if not a thousand) for me on weekdays. Before I was diligent about the Dave Ramsey budget plan (insert eye-roll or pat on the back here), I was really good about not bringing a lunch to work. I was so good, I didn’t mind spending $10-15 for escaping from my office desk for an hour each weekday to unwind and indulge. Indulge I did. Besides cleaning out my wallet, I actually got bored with eating out.
So, now I’ve found a compromise that is both healthier for my well-being and my wallet (and that family “budget”). I bring my lunch three or four days a week and buy lunch on the fifth. After the U.S.’s BPA craze and plastics industry turn-around on all things labeled plastic and microwave safe, I still didn’t believe sending microwaves through my food through plastic was a good idea. Some people can eliminate microwave use all together. That is on my future to-do list I’ll admit, but in the meantime, I reheat food in ceramic at work. Nothing like a spicy black bean burger on a whole wheat bun smothered in hummus with fresh sliced tomatoes and a few radio waves.
From the looks of our shared office fridge, and the line for microwave at noon, most of my coworkers rely on frozen or packaged food for lunch. All reheated in various “safe” plastics or non-recyclable containers. It could be the superstitious Asian part of me not accepting that the radio waves are okay for the plastic, wrap, and the food. Ah well, How do you do lunch?