Hi guys! A few of you have asked about my eat-at-home challenge. Remember, I challenged myself to go without restaurants, takeout, and pizza delivery for the entire month of February. Did I make it? Did I go crazy? Did it improve my health? The details...
Honestly, the challenge was hard. Really hard. As much as I love to cook, I didn't realize how much work this would be--especially on long days when both kids were screaming around dinnertime.
But, I persevered--and with only one slip up (a random weekend dinner with the kids at The Cheesecake Factory (of all places)--forgive me!), I cooked my way through the month of February. There was homemade pizza, baked salmon, quinoa salad, sushi, veggie lasagna, grilled flank steak, and all kinds of other yummies (including some reader recipes I tried out--thanks guys!).
Overall, the experience was a good one. And I'm so glad I did it. Here's why:
1. I broke my restaurant addiction (good news, because restaurant food is pretty high-cal in general--here's why, says celeb chef Devin Alexander) and I remembered how much I love to cook.
2. I lost weight--not a ton, but I'm chipping away at my baby weight slowly. Restaurant food portions are usually huge, and when I eat at home--I eat less.
3. I ate more veggies. Because I, not the chef, was in control of my ingredients--I loaded up on veggies.
4. I saved a ton of money.
5. I feel better. Really.
Does eating at home make you feel healthier?
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