7 Day Challenge: School Lunch For 7 Days

A new year brings new year’s resolutions, and the Galileopress staff wanted to take the opportunity of a fresh start to take on a 7-day challenge. The challenges were meant to break them out of their comfort zones or try something new in order to better themselves. Here’s how it went:

My seven day challenge was to attempt to eat the school lunch for a week. I decided to do this challenge because most of the students at school act like the food tastes terrible, and I wanted to see for myself. At the same time, eating the school lunch will allow me to save money since I won’t have to go out to get lunch.

People around school are always complaining about how the taste of the food is bland and not tasty; they somewhat consider the food kind of fake. For example, when they serve hot dogs, students say that they taste chewy like rubber, and that  you can barely taste the meat.

I used to eat school lunch in 9th grade, but only because I had free lunch which, but I wasn’t satisfied with the food, so I decided to eat lunch off campus. My expectations heading into the challenge was that it was going to be super easy because I personally thought that school lunch wasn’t as bad as what other people were saying about it.

The first few days of the challenge were really easy since the food tasted fresh and different from what I usually ate, which is usually chicken teriyaki from one of the corner stores near school so it was pretty good to eat. In addition to just the lunch itself, I also grabbed milk and fruits. Milk and fruits are essential to me because as an athlete, these foods and drinks help my bones stay strong and my body to be filled with nutritious vitamins.

Some of the food that I ate over the course of the week were; pepperoni pizza, pasta, mash potatoes and meatballs, cheese pizza, and hot dogs. What I noticed though, was that as the challenge went on, it felt like the quality of the food slowly went down. Everything tasted a little worse each day, like the pizza was kind of hard to eat, the mash potatoes were dry, and the hot dog tasted fake.

Eventually it led to me eating food after school and practice because the school lunch wasn’t  filling me up enough to last the day. They provide such a small amount that it’s hard to be filled off the tiny serving they give you.

After eating school lunch for seven days it gave me a realization that school lunch is actually as bad as people have told me. The challenge was not that hard but it did help me debunk the mystery on how and why the school lunch tastes so bad. It makes me wonder how all the kids at school eat it daily, especially the ones that need to pay because I think the people who pay for food deserve higher quality. For me, the challenge was fun, eye opening, and made me realize that I don’t need lunch from school.

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