Eating alone is the best.
I have lunch by myself nearly everyday. Like going to the movies, it’s a good time to reflect and unwind. And read a book – a thing you can do only in well lit, very bad movies!
1) You can eat whatever you want without judgement. Sometimes you just want dessert. Sometimes you just want an entire plate of brussel sprouts. Sure, you should be able to eat whatever you want without people commenting on it, but that never happens. If you order a cupcake with lunch there will always be someone who says “hahaha, no calories in that!” Honestly, we’re at a point where if you order a salad with the dressing mixed in, and you eat in a group, someone will say “you know, salads seem healthy, but you have to be careful about the dressing.” No. No, you don’t. Flee judgement, eat cupcakes.
2) Actually, that was my main reason. But, you know, eating alone takes care of that incredibly effectively.
3) It’s a great built in time to read. You know those people who “never have time to read?” This is that time. This is a perfect half hour for that. If you have trouble keeping the pages on a book open while you’re eating, trying laying your phone across them. If you have trouble finding books you enjoy, just read The Hunger Games, because everyone in the entire world likes that series, including me.