A few years ago, I began “brown-bagging” (or packing) my breakfast and lunch, mainly to save money. I was a college student at the time, working in an office. I soon found that the average American spends $1200 on fast food a year. That cost is for individuals only and doesn’t include the price for a family! This made me change and do some math. Here’s how the numbers calculated.

  • Bringing my lunch cost approximately = $ 2.45 per day
  • Buying my lunch cost approximately = $8.80 per day

That’s about $25 a week or $50 per pay period, based on my three-day work schedule. So working five days per week is more. I figured, it’s about $80 – $100 per pay period for a person working a five-day work week.

What I Take for Breakfast

  • Oatmeal
  • Banana
  • Bagel
  • Cereal

I also invested in a Keurig, so I could bring my coffee to work and avoid Starbucks.

What I’d Take for Lunch

  • Leftovers from dinner
  • Frozen meals (caution: these are high in sodium)
  • Sandwiches
  • Homemade salads
  • Fruits
  • Chips
  • Cheese and Crackers

Besides money, there are many other reasons you should avoid fast food. I started to see my body changing with the food choices I was making. Here are a few health related reasons you should avoid fast food:

  • Fast food has too many calories, not enough nutrition
  • One fast food meal can contain a full day’s worth of calories
  • Fast food can cause various health issues including:
    • High blood pressure and headaches as a side effects of high blood pressure
    • High cholesterol which causes plaque in arteries. Clogging arteries makes it harder for blood to flow to heart and organs. This plaque can start forming at the age of 15.
    • Spiked blood sugar, which tells our body to make more insulin, due to the amount of carbohydrates fast food has
    • Carbohydrates also increase acnew
    • Depression linked with commercial baked goods (cakes and donuts) because it is considered feel good food