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Want to STOP Eating Out? Try this...


Friday, October 05, 2012

Hey Everyone,

How often do you eat out? The national average was 4.2 times per week in 2000. In 2010 the average jumped to 7.9 times per week,that's more than 32 meals a month eaten out. I have to admit, until 6 weeks ago I ate out even more than that.

I'm single and my job doesn't lend itself to brown bagging my lunch. I had lunch out every day because I took clients to lunch Monday through Friday and weekends are spent at the bar watching football games. Not to mention the Chamber of Commerce meetings and other networking events. I was eating out nearly 40 times per month. No wonder my weight ballooned to 236 pounds.

I found a cure for eating out so much. I went to the websites for the restaurants I frequent most and looked at the nutritional charts. It was crazy. My favorite hamburger and fries at Applebee's was 93% of my total recommended calories for an entire day, my carbs for 2 days, my fat for 2 days, and my sodium for an entire week. All in one meal. WOW!

I was shocked. And the thing was it really wasn't that great of a burger to begin with. The more l thought about it the more I realized most of the meals I ate out weren't really good tasting food and they weren't good for me. In fact, most restaurants in my area are very disappointing when it comes to the quality of the food. So I started cooking at home again.

I love to cook, and I'm pretty good at it. I have several different cookbooks and FoodNetwork.com has been a lifesaver for me. So many good recipes that taste great too.

So, if you want to stop eating out go to the websites for the 5 restaurants you go to most often. I guarantee you'll cut waaaaaaaaay down on your eating out, and you'll save enough money to go on a first class vacation.

Good luck and JUICE to you all!


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HOUNDLOVER1 10/5/2012 10:21PM

    Good for you! This should make a huge difference. On the few occasions we go out to eat we look at the menu online ahead of time or call ahead to see if they have something we would eat.

Birgit

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NVRDWN88 10/5/2012 9:07PM

    It's a shame...we hate eating out but find ourselves doing it all the time because of our schedules...kids homework cleaning working out ....tonight we made black bean burgers and corn and some mushrooms with peppers...but realistically we can't down that amount of time every day cooking....the kids activities etc etc ....i would like to never eat out again ....maybe I can get there ideas welcomed

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LINOVER 10/5/2012 8:42PM

    Great idea! Thanks!

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SENIMMO 10/5/2012 8:40PM

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