Camille Styles

I Didn’t Eat Anything from A Restaurant for 5 Weeks and This Is What Happened

August 25th, 2017

2017 has been an exciting year of travel for me. I’ve been to Tulum, Mexico City, Todos Santos, Barcelona, and June marked my first ever trip to Italy. While never unpacking your suitcase offers it’s own off-the-rails kind of fun, it tends to go hand-in-hand with never buying groceries, overspending, and forgetting that the concept of working out even exists. The more I traveled, the more eating out became my default mode (even when I was at home). By the time July rolled around, I had favored and room serviced my way to a 10 pound weight gain — and I won’t even mention the state of my bank account.

Clearly something needed to be done, but I’ve never identified as someone who “cooks.” I’d often wondered what would happen if I just stopped “eating out” for a while. Would I automatically lose weight? Save money? No longer have a social life? On July 17th I looked at my calendar and saw that I didn’t have a single dinner date (or big trip) on the books for the foreseeable future and decided to strike while the iron was hot. I pledged myself to five weeks of “eating in” — nothing from a restaurant of any sort for 35 days. The experience that followed was nothing short of revolutionary for me. Read on to discover what happened:

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20 Comments under :: I Didn’t Eat Anything from A Restaurant for 5 Weeks and This Is What Happened
  1. jill elliott says:

    I love cooking, but the idea of committing to eating ‘in’ for 5 straight weeks sounds exactly like what this girl needs! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      I highly recommend it! You could even just do 3 or 4 weeks and probably reap all of the same benefits.

  2. I love this! I have been thinking about doing away with eating out for a while, I have backed off some. I also grew up in a home that ate out or fast food all the time! I also want to love cooking, but I do not do it enough. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  3. Cynthia says:

    Sounds like you not only ate in for 5 weeks but became a grown-up in the process! Now just think how much you’d be able to travel and do as you please if you put all that eating-out savings into a retirement plan. If you’re still in your 20s, it would be life-changing!

  4. Oh my goodness I have no idea if I could do that! Although I definitely need to lose weight + save money! I envy your strength!

  5. Andrea says:

    That soup is amazing! Proud of you! When can we go get hamburgers? 🙂

  6. Niken says:

    I think it’s very interesting. I will try this too. Since I’m always busy I always want an easy fix for food

  7. Gabrielle says:

    I love this article! I always have packed my lunch but recently moved into total weekday meal planning and I absolutely love it, its very empowering and doesn’t actually take a ridiculous amount of prep time. I agree that you have to get into a smart ‘rhythm’ of grocery shopping but its so worth it. I always allow myself to go hogwild in the produce section so I’d also recommend the ‘Debbie Meyer Green Bags’ to help keep them fresh (good for single gals and small households especially). Kudos to you Jennifer! 🙂

  8. Beth says:

    I love this idea! All i do when I see friends is eat out and man does it drain your bank, I love the sound of your meals you found and thinking of other fun things to do like bowling and things! xx

  9. Ambar says:

    Staying in and cooking all of our meals is definitely the way to go!

  10. That shrimp sheet pan meal looks SO good. This was a very fun read.

  11. This is definitely something I should try in my life. I used to travel for work a lot and during that time it became very obvious how easy it was to eat out every night. Nice to know that it’s possible to get into a rhythm in only 5 weeks – thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Nicole says:

    I love this. And it’s totally about finding a rhythm like you say. Once you create the habit the hurtle is much lower!

  13. Diane Parkhill Smith says:

    This was an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing it. ?

  14. Robin says:

    I hate cooking. I love eating out. If I could afford it, I would probably eat out more often. I would also probably lose weight if I stuck to cleaner eating. Maybe one day!

  15. Molly says:

    Jenn, you are so inspiring! Adam and I are going to try an eating-in September!

  16. Joanne Sciullo says:

    doing the same thing. never enjoyed cooking so much as when I make meal plans based on what I have and what I can buy on sale and in season. so fulfilling !!

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