What I learned from restaurant fasting here
Devin and I consistently blew our budget on eating out. When money was tight, I wanted to see if we were up to the challenge of going without it for a month for one of my 101 in 1001 goals.
I thought I would share some tips on how to have a successful restaurant fast From September 20th to October 21st, we only had one restaurant receipt and it was from a casual blogger meet up I planned for a total of $11.91! For others, this may not be a big deal, but for us it was huge!
- Meal plan every week and go buy all of your groceries! There were days we realized we had run out of food for lunch that morning and it meant we had to wake up pretty early to go to the grocery store to buy food that wasn’t usually very cheap.
- Plan your lunches out the night before! I am not a morning person, but maybe you are. What I found was having my lunch box and snacks ready in the morning already made everything a lot easier.
- Cook in bulk. I have no problem eating the same meal over and over and it honestly really helped me out a lot. I knew I could happily eat teriyaki vegetables on brown rice several days in a row and be just fine. I also prepackaged my snacks in ziplock bags for multiple days out.
- Plan for needing snacks. I sometimes spend 12+ hours away from home and on campus since I am a commuter student; this means that I don’t only just need 2 meals, but I need snacks. I hate feeling hungry and I became a huge fan of pistachios and fruit.
- Prepare nutrient dense foods that will keep you full. There was nothing more discouraging that realizing I had packed a lot of food, but I literally felt hungry a hour later. The quality of the food I ate became a lot more important to me.