His meal failed slight alterations over time–jelly was inserted into the sandwich in the last five or so years–but its own base stayed the same. The meal was simple to prepare, cheap, and tasty. “And if you just happen to be eating at your desk… it was something which was not too drippy,” he said, so long as you implemented the jelly a bit conservatively.
In the pasy year, however, Loomis retired from his job but not his lunch, which he still eats three or four days a week (currently with sliced bananas rather than jelly). “I never stopped liking it,” he states. “I do.”
Loomis could be uncommonly dedicated to his lunchtime ritual, but many share his proclivity for routine. Among the few present surveys of people’s eating habits estimated that about 17 percent of British people had eaten the same lunch daily for 2 years; another indicated that a third of Brits ate the exact same lunch every day. Nonetheless, it’s hard to say for sure how common this is, since these surveys often have been conducted by food purveyors, who may be inclined to exaggerate the ruts which diners are stuck in (and then attempt to sell them a way out). Still, loyalists who stick with one meal for months or years–they’re out there.
Regardless of the symbolism, these people’s behavior isn’t doing them harm. Marion Nestle, a professor of food studies and nutrition at New York University and the author of several novels about nutrition and the food industry, says that the consequences of eating the identical lunch every day depends on the contents of the lunch and of their day’s other foods. “If your everyday lunch contains an assortment of healthful foods,” she says,”relax and revel in it.”
So there’s not anything wrong with this particular habit. In fact, there are many things directly with it. I talked with about half a dozen individuals that, at one time or another, have consumed the same thing for lunch every day. Collectively, their stories form a defense of a clinic that’s often written off as uninspired.
Eating the same thing over and over may also simplify the decisions individuals make about what they put into their bodies. Currie Lee, a 28-year-old resident of Los Angeles who works in retail, has a few food allergies, also maintaining her lunch unchanged”makes it easy” to consume them around.
For some people, the repetition in their everyday food preparation is in the meals they make for different men and women. Ambreia Meadows-Fernandez, a 26-year-old author in Cheyenne, Wyoming, cooks exactly the exact same supper –“a meat and meat,” sometimes with a few veggies –for the 3-year-old son most nights of the week. “It made it simple in a manner that there was less anxiety on what to give him” she says. He usually gets a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich for lunch, and doesn’t appear to mind the lack of selection.
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