Say No To Takeout
You can't be lazy. That's what it comes down to in the end.
If you really want to be healthy and fit, then you need to know exactly what is in your food and exactly how it’s being prepared. That means cooking your food yourself.
When I was younger, I used to get takeout all the time. I remember in college and just after graduating when I was modeling in New York, the easiest thing to do was order some sushi or a grilled chicken salad. It was usually done out of convenience, maybe I had a lot of homework that day or a casting to attend. I could eat while doing homework at my desk or after a long photo shoot, and it was almost always done as a solitary activity.
If my friends and I were planning to have a meal together, then we normally would just go to a restaurant. Since the time was there to spend together, we wanted to enjoy it out, when we were dressed up and having fun.
Now that I’m a few years older and have grown accustomed to cooking my meals, the concept of takeout seems strange to me. Take, for example, the time that you have to wait for the food to be delivered (let’s say it's 30-45 minutes). You could have equally just spent the same time cooking something healthier yourself, instead. And you're probably distracted in the time after the order thinking about when the food is going to come -- and so you're likely not going to be very productive then anyway. My view is that you might as well spend the time and effort to just prepare a quick meal yourself.
I find that preparing meals can be meditative, and it can be something fun and entertaining to do as a couple too. Even if you end up preparing the meal alone, your partner will always appreciate a hot meal on the table when he or she gets home. Sometimes Jon and I cook together, but more often than not we take turns cooking. Generally, whoever is home first prepares the meal, and we enjoy it together when the other person gets home.
Why would we ever get takeout? That has never even been a consideration. If we’re going to go out to eat, then we’re going to go all the way. We'll dress up and make a reservation at the restaurant of our choosing, where we know we'll have a great meal. Going out to eat is a treat for us, and not something done on the regular.
Also, think about all of the waste that comes along with takeout, from the containers, to the plastic bags, to the sauce packets. When you cook yourself and wash your own dishes, your carbon footprint will be significantly smaller. In addition to cooking, Jon and I have re-usable grocery bags when we shop, we recycle everything properly, and make every effort possible to run a green household.
I am an advocate for eliminating takeout because it will not only improve your health, but it will also improve your social life and love life too. If you limit your meals "out" to only when you go out, then you will eat more home-cooked meals. When you decide to leave your stovetop clear for the evening, then dress up and go out with a friend. Make it an occasion instead of eating alone in front of your computer or TV. If you live with your significant other/spouse/partner, then refrain from getting takeout altogether. Cook for one another and you will grow to appreciate your partner -- and your healthy, home-cooked food -- all at once!