...each day has three meals and snack/s, plus the prep required for tomorrow. If you prep tomorrows meals today, you're always ahead, there's never a rush, and I practically promise that panic and takeaways will become a thing of your past. We eat takeaway maybe twice a year because we love the local Japanese Bento Boxes-to-go. Otherwise, a meal other than home cooked, is more likely to be at a friends home, or a nice restaurant. We can afford nice restaurants if we're not eating takeaway and frozen convenience food....the budget thieves!
I try hard to fulfil the Healthy Food Pyramid requirements, we eat gluten free, I don't buy supermarket snacks or junk food or soft drink or juice. We prefer to eat whole fruit and drink plain water or tea and I bake our treats. It's a strategy that works for us in every way. Nobody feels deprived, and once you lose the taste for McDonalds or takeaway Pizza, you'll wonder what you ever saw in them....a bit like any bad relationship....lol!