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Old 01-14-2012, 08:23 PM   #491
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YAY! I cannot wait to hear what you make. Most of mine were not Japanese, but I get really excited when I pack my lunch in one of the boxes that I have. Be sure to post pictures! Japanese or not, all inspire!
As I was browsing and looking, I somehow came across a link that sent me to flickr, it had pages of pictures showing bento lunches, I think I could get a lot of ideas from there.
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:25 PM   #492
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As I was browsing and looking, I somehow came across a link that sent me to flickr, it had pages of pictures showing bento lunches, I think I could get a lot of ideas from there.
I found a group on Flickr too that focused on Laptop Lunch kits, which is the first set that I bought. I wanted pretty colors. Sad way to choose, isn't it? I will add that I've got no regrets in that though.
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:30 PM   #493
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I found a group on Flickr too that focused on Laptop Lunch kits, which is the first set that I bought. I wanted pretty colors. Sad way to choose, isn't it? I will add that I've got no regrets in that though.
I had to force myself not to buy that colorful box, grey it was...
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I had to force myself not to buy that colorful box, grey it was...
Oh, don't deprive yourself of color! The orange/red/pink one was adorable. You cannot have too many Bento boxes. Nor the fun toys that can go with them. Really.
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Oh, don't deprive yourself of color! The orange/red/pink one was adorable. You cannot have too many Bento boxes. Nor the fun toys that can go with them. Really.
If I keep thinking about it, next friday, new payday I will get it along with other items I have found amongst the forums that I'm not sure how I have lived without.
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If I keep thinking about it, next friday, new payday I will get it along with other items I have found amongst the forums that I'm not sure how I have lived without.
It really is super cute. Where did you find it? It almost looks like something more vintage!
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It really is super cute. Where did you find it? It almost looks like something more vintage!
Amazon, where I buy everything! http://www.amazon.com/Vivo-Kids-Bent...591820&sr=1-22 This is actually the kids version, they have bigger ones too. My thought with the bigger ones was that I could just put small containers inside the box if it was something that needed to be taken out to heat up. (the reviews mentioned that) I'm going to talk myself into it...
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Amazon, where I buy everything! Amazon.com: Vivo Kids Bento Box, Orange and Pink: Kitchen & Dining This is actually the kids version, they have bigger ones too. My thought with the bigger ones was that I could just put small containers inside the box if it was something that needed to be taken out to heat up. (the reviews mentioned that) I'm going to talk myself into it...
Talk yourself into it. *nods* What I have found is this: When I pack my lunch, I eat healthier, pack enough to hold me until I come home, and do not arrive home starving. Also, I generally will make time to eat, which I do not always do when I do not pack a lunch. Prior to this Bento thread, I would just throw something together like a sandwich, chips, etc. With the Bento, I actually think about what I will pack and I feel like I am six all over again when lunch time arrives. Perhaps that is odd, and a bit sad, but it is true. Lunch is fun again.

When I got the Bento set, I also started to "try to eat a rainbow" every day. Meaning that I would try to eat some sort of veggie or fruit in all colors: White/Beige, Yellow/Orange, Orange/Red, Purple/Blue, Green. When I do this, I know that I feel healthier than when I don't pack the lunch. So, if the colors, the silliness, the Hello Kitty extras, etc. do this for me, I encourage you to get what will make lunch fun (and healthy) for you too!
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I usually throw a sandwich and chips in a kroger bag. I will eat in the cafe when I forget a lunch and the option there is rarely healthy.

I like your ideas about the colors and it definitely makes a pretty picture!

I work with about 12 other therapists, all female except for one and almost everyone of them is on a diet. What I do see is them bringing a "healthy choice meal", eating it and then giving in by eating the free for all bag of chips on the table or just a "few" bites of chocolate laying around. I want to be healthy but enjoy my lunch as well and I know a lean cuisine isn't going to do it for me! Sadly enough, the box I really wanted is now on order I sware I have no self control.... I have the money so meh, I will be a happy girl. and the girls at work will be so envious, muhaaa.

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Talk yourself into it. *nods* What I have found is this: When I pack my lunch, I eat healthier, pack enough to hold me until I come home, and do not arrive home starving. Also, I generally will make time to eat, which I do not always do when I do not pack a lunch. Prior to this Bento thread, I would just throw something together like a sandwich, chips, etc. With the Bento, I actually think about what I will pack and I feel like I am six all over again when lunch time arrives. Perhaps that is odd, and a bit sad, but it is true. Lunch is fun again.

When I got the Bento set, I also started to "try to eat a rainbow" every day. Meaning that I would try to eat some sort of veggie or fruit in all colors: White/Beige, Yellow/Orange, Orange/Red, Purple/Blue, Green. When I do this, I know that I feel healthier than when I don't pack the lunch. So, if the colors, the silliness, the Hello Kitty extras, etc. do this for me, I encourage you to get what will make lunch fun (and healthy) for you too!
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Dang! I want that Rolling Stones lunchbox! Makes me want to tear into it come lunchtime.

It's fun putting it together in the morning, fun to eat, fun to reassemble emptied afterward. And, I too agree that it seems to encourage healthier eating. Less pre-made or processed stuff that just gets thrown into a paper bag. Less fastfood restaurants/cafeterias. More thought goes into its assembly = better food choices.

Don't worry at the start, Merlot, about fretting over what to put into it. The menus come easier as you build a repertoire of what works and what doesn't. As for the Japanese bento lunches I've posted, it's mostly simply because my marinara spaghetti lunches don't photograph as well.

Yay! Have fun, Merlot.
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