Saturday, September 25, 2010


Ok so I threw the idea of a 30 Day "no eating out" challenge out on my twitter feed yesterday and it raised alot of interest!  So I decided to go ahead and move forward with this.  To be honest I really wanted to do this for myself and the fact that others want to do it with me only makes it more awesome. Strength in numbers right?!

So lets get down to business! The challenge is "not eating out for 30 days". Please realize this challenge isn't about limiting your food choices or not eating the foods you love to eat. Its more about being more conscious and aware of what we are putting into our bodies. You don't have to cut out the things that you enjoy eating and I don't want you to.

I realize a lot of grey areas are involved with this challenge and I thought about it all last night and decided on this criteria.

The Guidelines:
  • No eating at any restaurants. No fast food, no drive thru, no sit down places, and no take out.
  • You must eat all of your meals from items you purchased from the grocery store. We will go ahead and say that anything you can buy at a grocery store is fair game. Use your judgment, if you cheat you're only cheating yourself :)
  • Buying drinks from outside places is also acceptable. Example: Starbucks (Maybe I should do a 30 day no Starbucks challenge next time LOL)
  • You don't have to eat your meals at home, they only need to be prepared at home. Feel free to take them with you and eat them anywhere you like.
  • Exceptions will be made if you happen to go on vacation or a business trip during the challenge. I feel this is fair in order to open the challenge up to more people.
  • The challenge will start on October 1st & end on October 30th. 
  • OPTIONAL: Every friday of the challenge email me a picture of one of your meals. It can be any meal of the day. I will post this picture on my blog. 
  • OPTIONAL: Track all of your spending on food items for the 30 days. Then after the challenge is over track your spending on food for an additional 30 days and see how they compare. I personally will be doing this.


If so please email me at with your name (only need your first name) and twitter handle (if you have one). I will add you to my email list and twitter list. 

**During all my challenges I usually send out daily or almost daily emails with an inspirational quote to everyone. But don't worry I BCC everyone so that your email address remains private. If you do not want to receive my daily emails then please say so in the email you send me to sign up for the challenge**



Steven said...

Oof, I do love a good challenge. Could I do it on the road, though? Hmm.

Tiffany said...

I am so in!!! I was just thinking about this (especially about how much I spend on eating out - YIKES!!!) Emailing you now... :)

PS: Please do a No-Starbucks challenge :)

Jason Tucker said...

Showing some love over at for this challenge.

Karen (Hello Gorgeous) said...

Good luck! As I said on Twitter, I'm not doing this one. But I'll be following your progress.

SavingDiva said...

This is an excellent challenge, but there is no way that I could stick to it! :) My only form of social interaction is going out to dinner...and I already have a dinner outing planned, and I can't back out.

I can't wait to see your progress!

destinykallay said...

I'm down for this! I rarely eat out but I'm ready to see with a conscious effort what I can change. Awesome Challenge signing up now!

misssarahlou said...

Awesome idea, this will work well with my #12wkXmasChallenge too!

David H. said...

Great idea! I hope it goes well for you and everyone else taking part.

Grown Up said...

Totally freaky, Alan! You read my mind--I have a 30 day no eating out challenge already planned for the month of October!! I am going on a week-long business trip, though, and have been toying around with the idea to switch my challenge to November, in order to make it more challenging. Thoughts?

Alan said...

I say join now and we will pardon you while you're on your business trip :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Great challenge! Part of my weekly ritual with my best friend is to go to the gym, go gorcery shopping then out for dinner! I just can't give that up!

FitPatricia said...

Good plan!! I have adhered to these types of goals for for most of my life!! Welcome to my lifestyle!!


Brittany said...

This sounds great, but i don't think that i can do it. My sister is getting married in 2 weeks, and there will be several eating out meals over the course of her wedding weekend!

Scott at Your Inner Skinny said...

Dude, this is a GREAT idea!!! I wish I could join in but a big part of my trip in London is trying lots of other foods and eating out.

Good luck on your goal and I'll be following your progress!

Nancy said...

I'm not prepared to do this challenge just now, but I know I SHOULD do it.... Your story is really inspiring. Check out my blog--I gave you an award: keep up the great work!

Sam's Minions (aka parents- Angie and Brian) said...

When I told my husband that I was going to participate in this, he was bummed. He loves to eat out and I'm usually able to find items that are good for me; but if I'm on this challenge, so is he. So far, he hasn't made that much of a stink.

Melissa Edwards said...

I should do this too, but since you started 9/25 and it is already half a month later, I guess I've missed the boat. I will coordinate with my hubby and see if he'll try it with me for a month. He may have to keep my debit card to keep me honest, though. I'm bad at "treating" myself when he's working late.

Pinky said...

You know, it's amazing how different the culture is here vs. North America. We just don't eat out often at all. But I remember and I remember well. Lunch out. Dinner out. Take away. Order in. Too much choice. Too much temptation! Value for money. But what people don't get is that it's normally healthier and cheaper to cook at home than it is to eat out. And with a little bit of planning you can easily get into the habit.

I had to make the switch when I moved to the Netherlands. That was a long time ago. I can't imagine now eating out so often anymore.

How is it going?

Melyssa said...

Very cool challenge. My obstacle is getting my hubby on board with this. He is such a sucker for commercials and literally bugs me about going to Red Lobster for their shrimp special, or getting a Five Guys Burger, etc etc etc.

I'd rather not eat out because I find it way too expensive. Especially since I've been spending less than $100/week on groceries.

I'll bring this challenge up to him and see what he says.

Ragemichelle said...

This is an AWESOME idea. And you are right, next is Starbucks. And then, well, I don't know what's next. Honestly, I'm gonna do this. Restaurants are OUT for the next 30 days.

Then I'll think of something else to give up for thirty days.'re kinda like the anti-Morgan Spurlock, aren't you?

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