How To Break the Takeout Food Habit in 10 Steps

Carry-out Foods Are Everywhere

Take-out foods are available nearly everywhere in the world, making them very difficult to avoid. This fish and chips / Chinese take away shop is in Liverpool, England.
Take-out foods are available nearly everywhere in the world, making them very difficult to avoid. This fish and chips / Chinese take away shop is in Liverpool, England. | Source

It Was So Easy To Fall into the Habit ...

We seldom ate takeout food when I was growing up. My mother prepared everything at home including work and school lunches. Occasionally, when I visited my Aunt Ronnie’s interior decorating store on a Saturday, she’d send me down the street to the local deli to get sandwiches and drinks to bring back to her store. We’d sit in the sewing room at the back of the store and chow down on great Jewish deli food.

But times changed. As I went on to college and then to work, and as fast food drive-ins and carry-out restaurants exploded like mushrooms in a wet forest, so did my reliance on the quick food fix. By the time I married and had a child, convenience foods were a part of my life I didn’t question too much. They were there and they were easy to come by, although they did not dominate my food life, then.

...But Not So Easy To Break It

However, once my child left the nest, fast foods and carry-out foods became even more appealing. After all, the only person I was cooking for was me, and the convenience of carry-out just couldn't be beat. That’s when I got to thinking that I might be on my way to being a takeout food junkie, especially when the numbers on the scale started creeping up.

Here are ten steps that helped get me back on track with smarter eating, ten steps you can take to help break the takeout food habit.

Fast Food Is So Tempting

Take-out, carry-out, or fast food, no matter what you call it, can be difficult to refuse.
Take-out, carry-out, or fast food, no matter what you call it, can be difficult to refuse. | Source

Step 1 ● Understand Why You Are Choosing Takeout Food instead of Preparing Your Own Food

There is always a reason for a habit, and if you don’t know the reason you could travel down disappointing and destructive paths trying to make a change. Start to understand your habit by asking yourself these questions:

  • Are you choosing takeout food because you don’t know how to cook, or because you don’t like to cook?
  • Do you tell yourself you don’t have time to prepare your own food even though you know how to cook?
  • Are you a takeout food junkie because that's what you grew up with?

You need to know the “why” of your habit before you can put an end to it. Take time to think about your answers to these questions and be honest. Your answers will help you get the most out of the next nine steps to help you break the takeout food habit.

Easy To Understand Nutrition Information

There is so much information about nutrition that it’s sometimes difficult to get to the basics you need to make a start in understanding what’s right for you. Food diets and fads claiming nutritional benefits flood the Internet, so where do you get the bare bones but accurate information about what your body needs to function well? Try these sites for that basic information. You’ll still have to read through a lot of words, but at least you’ll be getting an authoritative and unbiased view.

Step 2 ● Educate Yourself about Nutrition

Do you know what is good for your body and what is not? If you are diabetic or allergic to certain foods, or if you are dangerously overweight, you have a pressing need to take control over what you eat, and your best resource for learning about and meeting your nutritional needs is a certified nutritionist working jointly with your doctor. But if you don’t have pressing medical needs, then take advantage of the wealth of information on the internet about basic good nutrition and become informed.

Take a long hard look at the facts you find about foods that are and are not good for your body, and think about the consequences. What quality of health do you want to enjoy 20 years from now?

Step 3 ● Take One Day at a Time

You know the saying, “Rome wasn't built in a day.” This maxim applies to breaking old habits and establishing new ones, as well as it did to Rome. It’s just not going to happen in one day. They say it takes 21 days to break an old habit and 21 days to make a new one.

Along the way to eventually eliminating carry-out food, you will probably break your resolve. When that happens, treat yourself kindly, recognizing that you are only human, like the rest of us. Breaking your resolve on a given day does not make you any less committed to the change you want to make. Put the day behind you and move on. Be kind to yourself.

Kick-start Breaking Your Habit by Going on Vacation

You may want to kick-start breaking your habit while on vacation. Vacations take you away from your usual routines, many of which may trigger your desire for convenience foods. When on vacation, try new cuisines in pleasant restaurants and visit markets to sample fresh local foods.

Step 4 ● Invite an Accountabilibuddy into Your Life

Seek out a trusted person in your life to confide in, and ask that person for their help to keep you on track. You may choose this person from among your friends, family, or co-workers and acquaintances. To make the accountabilibuddy relationship work, you both must agree to be honest and open without judgment, and well, just be accountabilibuddiable.

Step 5 ● Thoroughly Clean the Places Where You've Been Eating Takeout Foods

Perhaps you've been eating in your car? At your desk in the office? Next to your laptop at home? Or even standing at your kitchen counter? Take your car for a professional detailing and scrub everyplace else with household cleaners. Resolve to never put a carry-out container in any of these places again.

Find Another Route to Work or School

Stay away from places that sell these temptations!
Stay away from places that sell these temptations! | Source

Step 6 ● Avoid Favorite Takeout Places

Avoid these places like the plague. You may have to change your routes to and from work or school to avoid them. The key is, if you don’t drive past them, you can’t patronize them. In addition, remove their telephone numbers from your phones and address books. You want to make it as difficult as you can to ever order another meal on the fly.

Step 7 ● Live by the KISS Principle

Yes, “Keep It Simple Stupid.” There’s no need for you to cook a gourmet meal or follow a food plan to the letter. Your only goal is to avoid ordering from convenient places, replacing such meals with food you can prepare simply for yourself. If you need to start breaking your habit by buying a commercial package of “mac and cheese” and preparing it for yourself, by all means do that if it keeps you from pulling up to a drive-in window. You need to be looking at nutrition, of course, but you also need to be taking one step at a time. To break your takeout food habit, it’s better to make that mac and cheese at home.

Shop for the Foods You Like To Eat

These are some of the foods I like to eat. Make sure your grocery list contains only the foods you like.
These are some of the foods I like to eat. Make sure your grocery list contains only the foods you like. | Source

Prepare Simple, Nutritious Foods

Cold bean salads are delicious, nutritious, filling, and among foods that need no cooking - definitely of the KISS persuasion.
Cold bean salads are delicious, nutritious, filling, and among foods that need no cooking - definitely of the KISS persuasion. | Source

Step 8 ● Make a List of Foods You Like and Go Grocery Shopping

Take some quiet time, maybe with a glass of wine or a shot of whiskey or a cup of coffee or tea, whatever relaxes you, and put pencil or pen in hand while you sit in a comfortable chair and make a list of foods you like. Cookies? Fruits? Meat roasts? Pancakes? Corn on the cob? Salads? I love a hamburger cooked on a summer grill, but carry-out never meets that mark of excellence. So, on the list of foods you like, there might be “hamburger”, but not a McDonald’s hamburger. Use this list as the base for your first food shopping adventure that celebrates breaking your habit. There’s no point in trying to break your habit if you don’t like the foods you will be preparing.

You made a list of foods you like. Yes, you will have to go to the grocery store. Go shopping for those bananas and grapes, bread and lunch meats, breakfast pop tarts, whatever those foods are on your list of things you like. In your first grocery shopping adventure, look for easy-to-prepare foods, maybe even foods that need no cooking at all, only slicing and dicing and lacing with a salad dressing you like. Remember to KISS!

Step 9 ● Attend a Cooking Workshop from a Local Kitchen Store or Cooking School

We have a wonderful store in our area that sells kitchen utensils, appliances, and other items, and also offers cooking workshops. The front of the store is retail, but the back is a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen. For 40 or 45 USD, you can attend one of their workshops. It’s entertainment, instruction, great food to taste (along with recipes for whatever was prepared in the workshop), and camaraderie. If you can find one of these gems near you, by all means attend and also invite your accountabilibuddy.

Step 10 ● Never Leave Home or Work Tired and Hungry

Never leave home in the morning or leave work at the end of the day feeling both tired AND hungry. To do so will make you break your resolve, even if you’ve modified your travel route to avoid temptation. Take 10 minutes in the morning to eat something as simple as a banana and cold cereal. Then, after lunch but before you leave work at the end of the day, grab another piece of fruit or a handful of pretzels. Yes, you do have to plan, even though it may hurt a little. This sage advice comes from my daughter, annemaeve, who is my accountabilibuddy.

I am a take-out food junkie, and...

  • ...I intend to break the habit!
  • ...I'm going to stay that way!
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I am NOT a take-out food junkie...

  • ...and I never was.
  • ...but I used to be.
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This article was inspired by ProfoundPuns’s question, For someone who rarely cooks, what are stress-free ways to transition from carry-out to cooking? There is always some amount of stress involved in breaking any habit which has brought you pleasure but is now becoming a danger to your health. Of course, the degree of stress varies for everyone based on psychological makeup and how deeply ingrained the habit has become.

You may find some of these stress-management and habit-breaking resources helpful when tension and frustration build while you are trying to kick the carry-out habit.

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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

This is a great hub. Voted up and useful! Plenty of good advice to break the fast food takeout rut! I rarely get take out, but this hub has inspired me to work to a zero takeout life, and to be healthier with what i make myself! I would like to add one more tip: Embrace your freezer! keeping frozen veggies, leftovers, hamburger patties and the like is great for people that sometimes get to the end of the day and realize the fridge is empty. There are tons of quick, inexpensive, and healthy meals that can be made from a well stocked freezer. http://hubpages.com/food/Four-Things-I-Always-Keep...


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

DanaTeresa, you are so right about keeping a stocked freezer. Thanks so much for adding your link.

It's so cool that you're inspired to work to a zero takeout life. I'm not at that zero point yet (but very close), and now you are inspiring me to work toward that goal a little faster and harder!

Thank you for your thoughtful comments, the votes, and the good words. ~Sherri


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I might not need this advice (I hate take out and I actually do like cooking and preparing family dinners), but my husband REALLY needs to read this hub. Talk about a take-out food junkie. Excellent advice, as usual Sherri! Cheers, Steph


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

LOL, Steph. Lucky for your husband that he has your support; now he just needs to do the right thing with it. Thanks, always, for the good words. :) ~Sherri


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krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

This hub should be printed and sent home in the backpacks of every child-aged kiddo in America. Loved it!


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Wow great info! I however always good food from raw ingredients. This hub was an eye opener though!!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

This hub assumes that we want to break the habit.:) Actually I was a junk-food junkie for years and finally just decided not to waste the money on it any longer. You have some great points in here. I treat myself to one meal per month now and I figure I deserve that. Great hub!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

krsharp05, let's give a copy to their parents. Love the term "kiddo"...it's a kind of vintage appellation I don't hear very often, and when I do, it's said by people I've known for a long time. TY so much for reading and commenting and sharing your thoughts.


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Feline Prophet 4 years ago from India

Are cats supposed to be cooking their own meals?!! :D


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

@acaetnna, raw is great! The food plan I've been on for the last 7 months calls for a lot of green salads. I love not having to scrub pots and pans!

@billybuc, you are so right: Money is definitely something to consider. Take-out is at least twice or three times the cost of your own prepared foods. Good for you for getting rid of the junk food! I agree, btw, a once a month treat is great. Thanks for reading and leaving the good words. :)

@FP, of course not. They are exempt! :)


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sam209 4 years ago

I definitely needed this! I was on vacation away from work and became a take out food junkie. Even after vacation was over I found myself ordering take out! It's always nice checking out informative hubs like this! Classic video by the way!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Sam, I loved the vid, too. Wish I could be so creative when I get the urge to splurge. Just sing a song at the takeout mic. Heaven. TY for the great comment and good luck with ditching take-outs. :)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Great hub.. I used to be when I was working full time.. it seemed the easiest thing to do but now I just eat at home.. love your hub vote up

Debbie


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

Another fabulous Hub, ST Not only have I never been a fast food and take out food junkie, I don't even really like the stuff and I do like to cook-- when I was first living alone I went through a brief Lean Cuisine phase, but it didn't last long.

I love the video too--voting up and awesome


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

I know what you mean, Debbie. When you're working full time, it's hard to get motivated to cook, and take-out is so easy! Thanks for the good words and the vote!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Sally, I am very fond of your hub. I have some bad habbits when it comes to eating out instead of preparing food at home. This hub has brought my issues out of my blind spot.

I also like when you said, "To make the accountabilibuddy relationship work, you both must agree to be honest and open without judgment, and well, just be accountabilibuddiable. ...This is brilliant!

Readers can learn a lot from you!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

robie2, I also loved that vid. There's such joy in it. A couple of creative guys writing a song and then getting a reaction and then sharing the experience. How good is that? TY always for your good words. :)


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

iamaudraleigh, I love what you said about the blind spot. We all have them. The trick is to find them, and sometimes someone's words can shed some light.

About the accountabilibuddy and the adjective that belongs to that, do you know how hard that is to type???? LOL Thanks so much for your awesome comment. The brilliance belongs to my daughter...I learn from her. :)


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Hi, Sherri

This is a wonderful Hub with a lot of fabulous advice. I really hope a lot of people follow it.

My own experience of fast food and takeaway (as we call it in the UK) has been varied. I used to love Chinese and Indian takeaways and still do on the odd occasion but people don't believe me when I tell them I've never tasted a McDonald's product in my life. That is not through any specific reason other than that they don't appeal to me. I once tried a fast food burger from one of their major competitors (BK) through lack of options in a certain situation and I'm afraid one bite was enough... I couldn't force myself to eat anymore, despite being desperately hungry.

It's not easy convincing people to eat better for the benefit of their own health but you've definitely taken a good few steps along that road here.

Gordon


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trish1048 4 years ago

Wonderful hub! excellent tips. Although I do eat take-out, it's not very often. I do my own damage at home with poor choices. Simple, easy to make sandwiches, a bowl of cereal, and an occasional healthy meal. :(

The video? Can I please order the guitar player? I'd take him home in a heartbeat :)


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Gordon, I think you are quite unusual (in a very good way) to have such an aversion to fast foods, or at least fast food burgers. Lucky you! Unfortunately, I don't share that trait, so it's always a challenge to stay away, especially when I'm both tired and hungry. Thank you for the good words...I also hope others get something worthwhile out of this hub.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

trish, lol about the guitar player. He does have a certain 50's rock and roll look to him, doesn't he? Glad you enjoyed this hub. ~Sherri


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trish1048 4 years ago

Yes, he sure does. I'll be checking out his videos later on. Forget the food, he's all the take out I need :)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Strangely enough, a lot of take-out food is cheaper than trying to make it yourself. For example, a lot of the burger joints have a burger for $1, and I don't think making them from scratch costs more than that. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

alocsin, you are so right about that. You can get a really cheap meal by buying take-out or fast food. But that's temporary. They've always got good deals to hook you in. Then you come back for more. These businesses are masters in preying on the need for the quick and easy food fix.

TY for the up and useful. :)


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healthguru72 4 years ago from Ohio

I find that I start eating a lot more junk and take away when I'm really busy at work. The usual scenario is too busy at work to eat all day, not looking forward to cooking when getting home, so stop off on the way home from work for a quick fix! Glad to get re-inspired by reading this hub. Lovely work!


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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California

What an inspiring hub with fabulous ideas to help people change their eating habits. I used to be a junk foodie a long, long time ago due to the convenience of it. It's a nasty cycle to break.

Great job Sally, on yet another spectacular hub. Voted and shared


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

healthguru, you are so right. You describe key triggers to remaining with the junk and takeout habit. It's a tough habit to break. I think when you are busy at work, the danger is being so busy there that you lose sight of how you need to be busy with yourself, first. TY for sharing your thoughts and leaving the good words. :)


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Turtlewoman, you speak from experience! Just exactly when did we start relying on this "convenience"? That's probably a topic for another article...I'm thinking post-WWII consumerism was the trigger. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. :)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Sherri ~ How did you know I am eating a Romanburger while reading this??? It's a rare occasion but it's true. This is a great hub with tons of information and guidance for breaking the take out food habit. I really enjoy your writing and will definitely share this work as well.

Sharyn


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

OMG, Sharyn, I didn't know what a Romanburger was until I read your comment and googled it (bless the Internet). I WANT ONE!!!

We all have to forgive ourselves for stepping out of any food plan. I think a Romanburger would be fine for me, maybe once every six months. And then I could go to confession and get absolved with a few Hail Marys.

Jeesh, can you tell?. I want one now. Sadly, I have to settle for a giant green salad with no-oil dressing and a banana and a few strawberries.

I'm soooooo sad.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

OH NO, don't be sad. I truly feel like crap now that I ate that. Really, I haven't had something like that in a while and it doesn't feel very good. Yes, at first, it was wonderful on the taste buds but I am now regretting it. AND, it was unreasonably expensive too. Please enjoy your salad and delete your Google search! I was a bad bad girl and paying for the aftermath, ha.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

LOL...we're bad girls together. I know what you mean about it being so good at the start, and then it peters into not so good. TY so much for sharing. :) I don't want that salad...I want a pizza! Too bad for me. :(


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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

Good job...I kicked the fast food habit a long time ago - perhaps a Philly cheese-steak now and then from a local diner ;) Now it is my Greek food, healthy burger, lean cheese-steak that keep me going...cheers


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Good for you for kicking the fast food habit! A Philly cheese steak would be my choice now and again, too. :)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Great tips for breaking the fast food habit! Your tips of keeping it simple and having tasty, easy to prepare food in the house makes a huge difference. I've found that we can afford to spend a little more in the grocery store for things we really enjoy if we waste less money on take out food. It's not only healthier to cook your own food, but budget friendlier! Voted up, useful and shared!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Thank you Stephanie. I love what you say about using money saved on take-out to buy something special. Instead of paying $5 for a take-out sandwich, you can make three or more delicious sandwiches from ingredients bought at the grocery store. I'm saving for a rack of lamb. :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I guess I never realized fast food can be such habit like anything else that's bad for you! I did used to eat it a lot until about 14 years ago. My oldest was 8 and was diagnosed with super high cholesterol. I had to get a grip so she would learn to eat healthy for life. For me it was really easy because I had such an important reason. She's 24 now - and she never eats crap food still. She says when she does it makes her stomach upset. I guess she isn't used to all that grease.

Excellent advice - I think those ideas would help anyone and really after a short time you totally learn to live without the junk and you feel better!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

RealHousewife, thank you so much for sharing your experience. I agree with you that a habit is easy to break when you have an important reason, such as the health of your child. And what good eating habits you were able to instill in her, habits she is still keeping!


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Diane Woodson 4 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

Junk food is not my worst, really its no problem at all since I am home allot. Candy is my culprit, chocolate candy bars.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Lol, Diane! I love chocolate, too, but have not had ANY since August of last year. Oddly, I don't miss it any more, but now that you mentioned it, hmmmmmmmmm. Maybe I'm due for a treat. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

I find that it helps to always keep some very easy-to-prepare food in the kitchen. Micro-wave rice plus fish that can be cooked straight from the freezer. Something that I like that I can cook in about 10 minutes - quicker than going to the take away shop.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I will admit to an occasional pass through the drive-thru, but usually only when traveling. But this time of year I feel bad eating out when I have so many fresh veggies in the garden. Friday night my husband and I got done with a 40 mile bike ride and were so tired and hungry that we almost had take-out, but ended up making a great pasta sauce instead.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Deb, that's determination. Good for you guys! I understand about the guilt...I feel the same way when I have fresh fruits and veggies on hand. It's a sin to pass them up for a quick take-out fix. :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I try to avoid take-out as much as possible. The sodium, fat and carbs just isn't worth it. A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips. Haha! I gave this hub a tweet!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I don't know if I'm a Fast Food Junkie or not, but every Friday night is my night off from the kitchen. The kids get the choice of what they want in the way of take out. So, once a week we get McDonalds, Burger King, etc. I love my night off!

Great Hub. I voted it up, and will share, Mary


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

I wish I'd have had this hub years ago! Perhaps, Type 2 Diabetes wouldn't be my companion if I had.

Great information and Extremely well presented!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Such a great hub! We all eat way too much take-out! These days, I try to limit it to once a week--and even then it takes a big bite out of the budget


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

This is a really useful hub! We are really bad about this and have tried to curtail our habit. It's tough.


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FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

I concur that this is a very helpful and useful hub! I too grew up with family dinner time prepared by mom; although, the ubiquitous fast food restaurants swept me off my feet. Even though they seem to be easier and cheaper, they really aren't! I used to leave work famished but I started eating a healthy snack to hold me over until dinner-just like you suggested.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Sunshine, "A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips..." Ha! So true. I haven't heard that one in a long time. Thanks for the tweet!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Mary, thanks for the votes and the share! I think it's fantastic to have a night off once a week. If that's what fast food consumption in your family is limited to, it doesn't sound like anybody's a fast food junkie. As for me, I realized I had a problem when my first choice for a meal was fast food. :)


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

rcrumple, after just now reading your hub on fast food, I completely understand your comment about diabetes. Thank you for your good words. :)

Readers, you can read rcrumple's excellent hub, written from personal experience, on the perils of fast-food addiction:

http://rcrumple.hubpages.com/hub/Fast-Food-My-Love...


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

AudreyHowitt and Glimmer Twin Fan, good for you for trying to limit the takeout food urge. It's really tough to do when you've become accustomed to this style of eating and providing food for others. It's a kind of a trap we fell into over the last 50 years or so. I just wish I'd been the founder of Micky Dee's or BK...I'd be rolling in the hay!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

FreezeFrame34, your short but eloquent words paint a huge picture about fast foods. They are not cheaper (although they may be easier); ubiquitous fast food restaurants swept generations of us off our feet. This is a tough legacy to counteract. Good for you for taking that step to stem off late afternoon hunger with a snack to hold you over. One day at a time.


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FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

Love, love, love the video too by the way! Left that off my last comment!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

These are really useful ideas about breaking the fast food habit. I ate fast food for lunch every single day, but have since stopped that. The big tips that really helped me, as you mentioned are as follows: It does help to have someone who will hold you accountable, and to plan something else to eat. If you already have a plan, and like the foods you choose for yourself then stopping the habit is much easier. Voted up.


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EyesStraightAhead 3 years ago from Florida, USA

I used to be a fast-food junkie. Then I looked in the mirror one day and realized I was much more precious than that. I stopped because I wanted to be healthier and eat foods that provide true nutrition for my family. Now we only eat out once a month, and more often than not we end up making a healthy choice in where we eat! These are wonderful tips, many of which we used. Especially the take a new route tip - which is how I broke my coffee habit.


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Sally's Trove 3 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

@Millionaire Tips, so sorry to be so late getting back to you...never saw your comment until now! Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and for the vote up. :)

@EyesStraightAhead, it really is true that when you accustom yourself to a healthier way of eating, you want to make those healthier choices when temptation appears. Thanks for sharing and for the good words. :)


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Angie Jardine 3 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Interesting hub, Sherri … but I can do it in one step. Try living on an old age pension in the UK :)

I have got so slick at living on thin air in order to keep a roof over our heads that such a thing as a take-away is a major luxury. Even then I limit it to real food ... i.e. don’t touch burgers or KFC - that stuff is just too messed with …

Weeell, there ya go … I never thought being hard up would actually be better for one’s health but now everything is proper-sized and cooked from scratch. The only downside is that it plays havoc with the writing schedule … so my next book will be in 2018.


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I don't think it's completely bad eating out but you have to be smart. As a kid, it was like a drug since my parents couldn't figure out how to give me all of my favorite foods and they didn't want to cook two separate meals. Thankfully, I never became obese because of it. However, now that I'm older I realize eating out is usually more trouble than it's worth. But your tips are inspiring to make the transition to a healthy lifestyle and attitude. Great hub!


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Sally's Trove 3 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

@Angie, I hear you. But I surely hope your next book won't have to wait until 2018. Maybe cook 4 or 6 meals in advance so you don't have to spend time every day in the kitchen? 2018's a long way off!

@Alecia, thank you for sharing your experiences and for the good words. :)


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EyesStraightAhead 3 years ago from Florida, USA

Nice tips. I never ate a lot of fast food but over the past year or so, it has started to become a habit. This is very timely, as my daughter and I said today was our first time of preparing every meal at home, even if it means a run to the grocery store. I am ready to go back to my healthy lifestyle. :)


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Sally's Trove 3 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

EyesStraightAhead, I'm so glad to hear you and your daughter are partnering up to break the fast food habit. It's wonderful to have company!


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jcsteele 15 months ago from Florida

Very insightful hub a lot of good information there.


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Kristen Howe 14 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great hub Sally on breaking fast food habits and eating delicious and healthier food. Voted up for useful!


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Alexis Cogwell 7 months ago from Indiana/Chicagoland

Still trying to kick the habit, myself. Thanks for your tips, carryout gets as expensive as it is unhealthy. Great hub, I'll be looking for your articles in the future.

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