Besides all the obvious benefits of bringing in your own lunch (cheaper, healthier, environmentally friendly practice, etc), there's a huge reason why I pack lunches.
I am extremely super duper lazy.
Tomorrow's lunch is tonight's leftovers. I usually cook larger batches anyway (and I hate to waste), packing leftovers into containers after dinner and into the fridge lets me sleep in that precious half hour before work. I don't have to fiddle with pots and pans first thing in the morning.
If that's not enough to convince you of how lazy I am, let me submit one more piece of evidence: I am too lazy to leave the workplace to find food. The severe lack of decent grub within a 200 metre radius of the place is a factor, but at lunch hour most days, you're more likely to find me chained to my desk, shovelling my heated bento into my face while typing an email and scanning a spreadsheet, than out somewhere chilling with a Subway sandwich in one hand.
Which is why I look forward to Tuesday lunches with ainead and pect. It forces me to get away from the computer screen and the demands of work for a few minutes.
I also take some pleasure in sitting amongst colleagues in the lunch room - them with their usual sandwiches, tins of tuna and salads - and I pull open the lid of my bento to release a whiff of steam and aromas that has them all curiously peering to see what I brought in that day.
So behold, tomorrow's lunch.
x-posted on bentolunch