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Make Your Own Meals: Go Outside to Eat #30DaysofGOOD

Don't eat at your desk. Find a few new outdoor spots to enjoy your lunch.

Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for June? Make your own meals.

Going out for lunch can be hard on your wallet (not to mention your waistline). But bringing a homemade meal to work can have its own pitfall: you end up eating at your desk. There are many reasons that desk dining sucks, not the least of which is that the good you’re doing by brown baggin' it can be undermined by the physical and mental toll of sedentary chowing.

The solution is to create a new lunchtime routine. Explore the neighborhood around wherever you spend your lunch hour, then pick a few outdoor spots within walking distance where you can enjoy your food. Parks with benches or picnic tables are ideal, but sometimes a shady tree, outdoor coffee shop, or the ledge of a public fountain are just as sweet.

Reward your commitment to making your own meals by buying something cool to carry your lunch in. Track down a vintage Power Rangers lunchbox from a thrift store or on Etsy. Or consider a stylish tiffin carrier (the kind with stackable metal inserts). Or if you're cool with plastic, try IKEA for cheap BPA-free food storage containers.

Whatever you do, just make sure you move away from your desk and get outside for lunch.

We're giving away $500 for you to unite your community and "Make More Meals" from locally-sourced foods. Participate in our Share a GOOD Recipe challenge.

Photo via (cc) Flickr user Jack Parrott

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