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My Brown Bag Lunch gets a Facelift

Monday, September 27, 2010

I have been a brown-bag lunch girl for a lot of years. You might as well say from about Grade 3 on. Doing some simple math I realize that’s about 46 years. My, how time flies!

Over the years there have been a few work locations where fellow co-workers preferred to eat out or order in and occasionally I have been known to participate in these meals, but overall I much prefer to bring my own food with me. I find packing my lunch early in the morning gives me the incentive and extra push out the door and even during the years when I wasn’t concerned about salt and fat content I still subconsciously knew how to make better choices than found in a lot of restaurant food. Sandwiches, or last night’s leftovers, are packed in eco-friendly reusable containers, fruit is washed, and either placed in equally earth-friendly containers or placed on top of the sandwich container. Water bottles are filled and ready to go.

My co-workers, where I presently work, are of the same mind as myself and there is seldom the rumour circulating at break-time that somebody is ordering out and looking for others to join them.

Another phenomena is what I call our ‘brown bag’ fashion statements. Most of us have acquired some pretty snazzy lunch bags. Whether the bag is a designer product, a classic black colour, knockout red or a pattern such as plaid or hounds-tooth they are all filled with assorted goodies to give us the energy to get through our work day.

During the summer I had debated on whether or not I should purchase a new bag, but decided not to. I figured that my present bag was still in excellent shape and I really didn’t need another one to get through until retirement. But that mentality changed on Friday. Our newest staff member quickly realized that she wanted to join us in our lunchtime fashion statement and purchased a gorgeous bag that could double as a purse. Needless to say I was green with envy. But she came to my rescue. She told me that I shouldn’t worry about how long I’ll need a lunch bag, I can always hand it to my daughter when I’m finished with it. Now that was an idea I could work with! Off to Costco I went – and found the most perfect red bag.

This morning, as I packed my lunch, I realized that choosing my workday food choices is even more appealing now that I am committed to eating healthier. Sandwiches often include lettuce and are made with whole-wheat or whole-grain breads, sliced cucumbers have found a spot in the bag along with two fruits and a chewable calcium supplement. And I mustn’t forget to mention my thermos-style water bottle. And out the door I went – with my new ‘brown bag’!
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    Love to see a picture of this lunch bag I'm going to inherit when you retire. :P

    I'm still using my Roots one from highschool. It serves me well. When I don't use a lunch bag, I just stuff everything into my giant Nerds messenger bag. :)
    3095 days ago
  • NEPEAN03
    Love to see a picture.
    3095 days ago
    It's refreshing to hear that there are work environments that DON'T promote going out to eat everyday for lunch. Good for you for sticking to your guns and I hope you enjoy your new "brown bag."
    3096 days ago
    Sounds neat. Could we have a picture?...
    3096 days ago
  • FRANCO1230
    Boy, I wish I worked at your office...what a great environment where the majority brown-bag-it!!! I am the "black sheep" at my work being one of only a few that bring lunch from home on a daily basis. The majority are off to get take-out 3-4 days of the stomach turns every time they walk in with another bag of Mc'D's knowing what they are doing to their poor bodies. Good for you!!!....and, yes, just like a kid, I love to get a new "cool" lunch bag every year :)

    3096 days ago
    I'm a brown bagger too - although my lunch bag is actually black neoprene with multi-color polka dots. I usually buy sliced turkey, pita bread, carrots, and string cheese and just leave it in my mini-fridge at school - and then carry my morning tea and a piece of fruit for my snack (with the cheese). That way, I don't have to even think about lunch, it's all stored in the fridge for the week!
    3096 days ago
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