Eating the Same Lunch

General question for you all: how long can you go eating the same thing for a meal each day? I ask this for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a slow news day and a busy Bryce day, which means I don’t have a whole lot of time. But second, it’s something Denisa and I have discussed at length in the past.

Personally, I seem to have a very high tolerance for identical breakfasts. I’ve been eating the same thing for breakfast for well over two or three years. (Raw oatmeal with milk. Uncooked. With a bit of sugar and chocolate chips back when I was eating sugar, but with a few raisins now, instead.) Every day. Day after day. That’s it. I eat it because it’s quick and fast, and I’m always reading something when I eat it, so I don’t really need to care what it is I’m putting in my mouth.

For lunch, I tend to need to switch up every half year or so. I’ll eat a ham sandwich every day, and then I’ll get tired of it after a while, so I’ll go to peanut butter, and then I’ll move onto bagels, and then I’ll be back at ham sandwiches. Apparently I do eventually like diversity at lunch. Just at a glacial pace.

Dinners, are a little different. Denisa has trained me over the years to actually want some variety there, though in my college years, I was content to eat boxed mac and cheese with tuna every evening. And in all honesty, I could go back to that without too much trouble.

The biggest trick (for me) is that I generally eat meals when I’m doing something else. If I’m watching TV or reading a book or working, then what does it matter what I’m shoving in my face to keep my stomach from growling? I’m hungry, so I need to eat something. When I go to a restaurant or have a sit-down meal where I’m actually focused on the food, then yes, the “what” matters.

But generally? I just don’t care. How many of you are the same way? Inquiring minds want to know . . .

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