I have a confession.
I eat out.
Not just a lot - but frequently. I am too embarrassed to admit how many meals (and how much money) I spend eating out. I think the trend started a long time ago - way back in college, because who wanted to eat the crap they passed as food - and it just never let up.
It has its advantages. My kids have grown up going to restaurants, so they know how to behave well while there. It takes the stress out of planning for and making dinner. It tastes good - most of the time.
But the disadvantages are huge. The finances can't keep up with me. My kids may be growing up to think it's normal to eat crappy food all the time - and worse yet, that it is the most perfect reward for doing even the smallest task. And, of course, the weight gain.
Every week, from Monday til Thursday, I am pretty good at eating. I eat veggies, and fruit, no fried food, and hardly any sweetened beverages.
But, then then Friday rolls around. Who wants to cook Friday night?
And then Saturday arrives. It's the weekend, let's celebrate!
Then it's Sunday . . . might as well take advantage of the weekend while I can!
Before I knew it, I was too busy/stressed/tired to cook some weekend nights too.
Now, I could probably eat this:
But, I usually cave, and get this:
My confession: I'm a eat-out-aholic.
What does an eat-out-aholic do to try to get it in check? Well, the setting day or number of visit limits didn't really work. And setting a budget didn't really work either. So now we are getting drastic:
No. Eating. Meals. Out. . . for a month.
(The only exception: my daughters birthday (when we are taking her out to an amusement park) and our anniversary.)
"That's not too bad" you may say, but for me, it's unheard of. To be honest, the thought of doing this makes my stress levels rise. It will be hard. Hard to plan, hard to follow through, hard to not wuss out on.
But, I have a problem, and something has to be done. I just have to do it.
Do you have any fantastic (yummy, but easy) recipes to share? Have you kicked the eat-out-aholic habit? Please, I beg of you, help a sister out with you input below!