This single change to your diet can save calories and cash

Categories: How To
Published on: April 19, 2016

Globe and Mail / Leslie Beck / 19 April 2016

Bring you own lunchPacking your own lunch allows you to get more protein, whole grains, fibre, vitamins and minerals and less of the things you don’t need, such as excess calories, refined starch, sodium and added sugars. Doing so also prevents you from giving in to cravings when you hit the food court or drive-through.

The benefit: Eating the right foods in the right portions will make you feel energetic and alert, not lethargic and bloated, in the afternoon.

You’ll also save money if you pack your own lunch – not surprising, I know, but the savings may be more than you think. According to a 2012 national poll conducted by Visa Canada, 61 per cent of Canadians buy lunch at least once a week – many do so at least three times a week – and spend between $7 and $13 a meal. That adds up over the course of a year: Spending $10 on lunch five days a week, for example, means $2,500 not sitting in your bank account.