It’s easy to find articles condemning the act of eating lunch at your desk (for example, this one ). I get it. That said, I believe there are three times when eating at your desk is ok:
- You have too much to do and even a 15 minute lunch break seems too much.
- You want to downplay lunch.
- Your work is not good but your lunch is.
Now #1 is not a good situation, but sometimes that just the way it is.
#2 makes sense if you are trying to decenter or downplay food. If you are in a place where you find it tempting to overeat and are trying to avoid temptation, this strategy can work. (I can vouch for it.)
#3 is often overlooked and is often tied to #1. Sometimes your work is just awful but you have to get it done. At least eating something you like while you do it makes it bearable and even a bit enjoyable.
These three reasons to eat lunch while you work are not ideal, for sure. But not unreasonable either.
(Written while eating my lunch :))
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I have been eating oddly during the pandemic compared to how I used to eat in the Before Times. Some days I will skip breakfast: other days I’ll have two! Or I’ll have dinner at 4 and then a snack at 10. I bet something similar happening to you.
Well good news! As this article shows, everyone is going through the same thing: Your Weird Pandemic Meals Are Probably Fine – The Atlantic.
If you have maintained a consistent way of eating the whole time, that’s fine too. But if you are a bit weirded out by how you eat these days, read that article and you should feel better.
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An oldy but a goody from Vox: I asked the experts how to eat healthy on a budget. Here’s what they told me. – Vox
It’s common sense, but like much in the pandemic times, I suspect a lot of common sense has fallen by the side. If you want to get back to eating healthier, consider reading that.
I think these rules are about the best thing I have seen on how to eat: Simple Rules for Healthy Eating – NYTimes.com.
To make it even simpler, I would boil them down to:
1) Eat less processed food, and more food you make yourself from raw ingredients
2) Eat a variety of ingredients in moderation
3) If you have to drink something, drink water
I recommend you read the NYTimes piece, though. Really good.