I remember it vividly. It was the first day of the school year and a friend of mine (let’s call her Jane) posted this gorgeous photo of her son in his uniform. “First day of Grade 2!”, read the caption.
Cute, I thought.
I swiped across to view the next image – a photo of his lunchbox. The caption: “Nude food lunch box, check!”
My first thought? That looks like SO much work.
My second was the realisation that my son’s lunchbox looks nothing like that (cue a visual of a sandwich in a zip lock bag, a muesli bar in plastic wrapping, a cheese Stringer and some fruit.)
The next time I caught up with Jane I told her how impressed I was with her lunchbox effort.
“I do it every day, everyone does it now. It’s just expected,” she replied.
Jane then explained the ‘nude food’ (i.e. food not wrapped in foil, plastic or commercial packaging) routine she follows to create this lunchbox masterpiece, day in and day out.
“Each morning it takes about five minutes putting it together but at least two hours of my Sunday is spent prepping it. I go to the market to get organic, fresh fruit and veggies, then the rest of the afternoon is spent either preparing the food, cooking or baking what I will need for the week.”
I stood there in shock, and then went home to fact check. Surely this can’t be right, I thought.
Much to my dismay, it was. It is.
It seems almost everyone is on this ‘nude food’ bandwagon, and those on it seem to love posting about it.