No restaurant food for a month challenge

Jomar and I decided to challenge ourselves by not eating at restaurants for a month. It's really difficult for me because I grew up in a family where we always dine out (minimum of once a week) or buy food from restaurants or fast food.

Rules and Exceptions

  1. No eating at restaurants (which includes coffee shop) that it's just the two of us.
  2. We can eat food from restaurants if someone else is paying for it (this is here because of my weekly work team lunch).
  3. We can eat out if there's a birthday celebration (this is here because Therese is celebrating her birthday this month).
  4. We can eat out during our once a month movie date.

Lifestyle change

  • We're in a grocery store 1-2 times a week.
  • I cook more frequently which I don't mind.
  • I lost 5lbs in the first week that we didn't eat out.


Here's a list of things I have cooked or I plan to cook:
  • Chicken Tinola (Ginger and Onion Chicken Soup)
  • Filipino Bistek
  • Pork Kaldereta (Pork in Tomato Stew)

  • Recipe from

  • Pork Nilaga
  • Chicken Adobo
  • Chicken giniling in tomato sauce

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