The No Eating Out-Prepare Your Own Meals challenge has come and gone. And now even five days past, I still have not gone out to eat at a restaurant!
What I’ve Learned?
When you don’t eat out you are forced to think about what you will prepare for the next day and ensure you have snacks on hand for when you won’t be home between meals. I have been more thoughtful and creative in my culinary style. Sometimes it was not very fun, especially when my food supply was getting low and I just did not want to venture out to the store (or spend time in the kitchen). I also learned that just because you aren’t eating out, does not mean you will always be eating healthier.
What have I missed?
Actually I haven’t missed much. Unless I’m traveling, am feeling lazy about going to the grocery store, am craving something particular that I don’t usually make, or out to enjoy a meal with family or friends, I am not one that spends a lot of my spare dollars eating out for meals. But the one occasion that I did have to eat out was breakfast at one of my favorite spots in DC. I still went, but ate beforehand so that I would not be tempted.
And now on to a new challenge…
Challenge #5: No trans fat in your diet for two weeks
I’m not feeling too pained by the current challenge so far. I already pay close attention to labels and shy away from those artery-clogging fats! They scare me. However, I have learned that sometimes labels are misleading. So I will let you know how it goes moving forward!