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Tips for Packing a B.E.D. Lunchbox

When you start The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.), the once simple task of packing lunch kicks up a notch; or 10. Not only are you learning how to make food without many of your once relied upon food items (i.e. sugar, flour, yeast, pasteurized dairy), you are also learning how to crack coconuts for yck and practicing 80/20 and food combining

I’ve been packing B.E.D.-friendly lunches since 2010 …. what used to take me forever and give me a panic attack just thinking about the task, is now easier. There really is a learning curve to this. When I first started the diet, my oldest was in elementary school and my youngest in preschool. My husband, whom I met a year into stage 1, is a builder and very active and hungry! I myself spend a couple days each week traveling for my work with new mothers and pack a small cooler of homemade food to bring with me on these 12+ hour work days.

I can hear you wondering how I pack enough food to get through our work and school days. Well, at the beginning I floundered in murky water that was definitely above my head with not a boat in sight. Eventually, I found my swimming arms and got good enough to pack a lunch, snacks, sweet stuff, and drinks for everyone in just under an hour.

Thankfully, these days my kids are old enough to pack their own lunches. As does my husband. Yet, I still do the big job of grocery shopping, keeping the kitchen stocked, and organized so that they can more easily grab and go. I also put this lunchbox list on the front of our fridge 😉

5 Tips for Packing a B.E.D. Lunchbox

#1) Invest in a lunchbox like this one. My favorite is a Bento because you can compartmentalize the protein, starch, veggie, and sweet. This really helps when you start the 80/20 principle. Those little boxes can help you to see how the food you’re packing balances out and that you’re not forgetting anything. Sometimes a cooler is the best way to go. I do this often because when I’m out of the house for long periods of time and travel in rural areas where there aren’t stores or restaurants. Just trees, cows, and dirt roads so if I don’t bring food, I end up starving. I’ll eat breakfast at home and bring snacks, canister of tea, lunch, and something sweet in my cooler. I throw in an ice pack, set of utensils, and a napkin and I am good to go.

#2) Stock kitchen with food allowed on B.E.D. Take this stage 1 grocery list (or stage 2 list) and go wild. I print a bunch of these at once and each week will check off what we need. They help to make shopping easier and menu planning flow like melted butter…cultured butter of course 🙂 The hardest, but most important thing is to keep the fridge/freezer stocked with food you like and food that you’ll eat. If you have family members who aren’t on the diet, then stock their food separately. Also, label all those containers and shelves with permanent markers. I keep colored markers and sticky labels in my kitchen drawer; a super-fine sharpie will become your best friend.

b-e-d-grocery-list

#3) Organize the kitchen and keep it organized. If you want to run a smooth sailing ship in the midst of a busy week, this is an absolute. Put all the stuff that’s grabbed at most often in easy-to-reach spots. Make this part of life easy. We deep clean the kitchen once a week and during the week the kids are in charge of keeping the container drawer organized and my husband keeps the fridge in order. I label things if they’re not recognizable or if there is an allergen present … my youngest can’t eat quinoa due to an allergy, so when I make treats he can’t eat I label them.

#4) Stick thislunchbox list on the fridge. That way when you’re packing lunch at 10pm for the next day or just minutes before the kids need to get on the bus, you (they) can do it fast. Look at the list and see what you have on hand, you will use less brain power too. That’s the trick…don’t get so mental about all this. I know it’s hard not to when you are learning something new, but in the big picture it’s just lunch. Here is a helpful article by Donna Gates, founder of B.E.D., about ways to help your kids eat healthy. 

B.E.D. LunchBox List

#5) Put this food combining chart next to the above lunchbox list to remind yourself what combines best with what. 

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