If you eat with the students it’s a little harder to tailor it, but I always send the milk back and drink water, and put most of my rice into other bowls or back in the container (when in the classroom). If you’re a lady it’s easier to get away with the “Oh, I’m on a diet” excuse, especially since many of the other teachers do it as well. Otherwise, you can cite diet change or allergies or even indigestion as a reason you need to eat less/none of a certain item. Of course, at this point I just tell them I can’t do shishamo fry and they nod like “oh yes, foreigners don’t like fish” but I’m okay with that.
You don’t have to eat all of it, put the rice/bread back and you lose a whole bunch of calories or control the sizes of your other meals or just train harder (I do all 3 and it works alright) The calorie excuse is no reason to give up on the awesome deliciousness that is kyuushoku. That said… If your kyuushoku tastes bad. opt out and bring your own lunch. It isn’t compulsory.
Ugh, I hate having to eat school lunch. It’s kind of weird to say that since I’m not a student anymore, I’m a teacher!
At my schools, I’m required to eat school lunch with the students. All of the teachers do it, whether they want to or not. The food is actually great and usually healthy: fish or…