For the last two weeks, Tony and I decided to cook all our meals at home. The exception was visits to the coffee shop since we go there to work and it’s not usually for a meal.
Overall, it went really well! We ended it Friday night because I had plans with a friend, but we felt very good about the progress we’d made and plan to continue it through this week.
I really expected to be craving pizza a few days in, but that never happened. Any cravings were more fleeting thoughts of, “oh, that sounds good”, but we had enough variety in our meals that it didn’t affect us too much. Tony had some trouble with all the food advertisements during football games, but we had plenty of yummy options it wasn’t an issue.
Physically, we felt much better. After just a few days we already started to notice a difference, and immediately after we had Chinese food for dinner, I felt bad again.
Packing lunches seemed to help give me more time during my lunch hour, but we had enough leftovers during the week that we only had them a few times. I would like to do it more often because it’s a good way to have a ton of veggies without really having to think about it. I love that we aren’t throwing as much produce away. Before, it felt like we couldn’t get through things fast enough before they became gross. I hate wasting food.
Something I did to make sure we didn’t get burned out was trying a new recipe every week. It didn’t have to be anything elaborate, but injecting something new meant we weren’t eating the same things over and over.
If you want to start a no takeout challenge yourself, here are my suggestions:
1. Plan out 7 dinners, a handful of lunches, and breakfasts for your week.
Don’t just leave it up to what you’re feeling like. You can have any of those dinners at any time in the week, just make sure you have 7 planned out to keep yourself from thinking too hard when you’re hungry.
2. Make sure one of those dinners is a new recipe.
Injecting some variety into your meals will help a lot.
3. Pack lunches as often as possible.
Even if you make extra at dinner, you won’t put yourself in a time crunch and feel tempted if you’re prepared.
4) Don’t think of it as giving up something.
I know this is easier said than done, but avoid making it feel like you’re missing out. The less you think about it, the easier it is.
We plan to continue the challenge for the next few weeks, maybe doing it during the week and taking weekends off for one meal out for as long as we can keep going.