I've always gone home for lunch, thanks to my short commute. I figured I'd save a lot of money that way and I'd be able to check on the creatures.
Sure, I'm spending less money than I would by going out to eat every day, but what about doubling my miles traveled everyday?
So I started packing a lunch to eat at work. Sometimes it's leftovers from the night before, sometimes it's a pouch of tuna or something simple. I almost religiously take a chopped apple with me daily. It's a great snack!
What I started noticing is the difference in the amount of food I eat when I'm eating lunch at home versus eating lunch at work. When I go home for lunch, I tend to eat a lot more food. Maybe it's because I want to make sure I won't get hungry before the end of the day? When I pack a lunch, I know all morning what I will be eating and set my expectations accordingly. I eat a better breakfast in order to get me through until lunch. I eat my lunch slower because I have more time and don't have to worry about rushing back to work.
Knowing what I'm eating and when I'll be eating it has really helped me learn how to control my portion sizes. I especially notice this when I go out to eat. It's much harder to finish an entire entree now that I'm getting better at noticing how full I am.
This week's victory: getting the hang of portion control!