The biggest problems I have ever had in overcoming the mental urge to eat eat eat (food-wise) have been things I prepared. I far prefer preparing food to going anywhere else to eat. I do, occasionally, but typically is is WAY overpriced, doesn't meet my sanitation expectations, and I could do at least as well or better at home. Food prep is not hard - learn a little, it goes along way. Butter, salt, and sugar are not required for taste. I use them, but far more sparingly than almost all restaurants you might attend.
More specifically, it has to be new and different to REALLY get me going. I often use dishes I have seen on a menu or looked up a recipe for for inspiration. Trust me - you want to make a Big Mac, you can do it - just as cheap, far healthier, and far more nutritious than Krocs' McDs.
I remember fondly the best meal I ever had. I was up in Montana visiting some friends at their cabin. My friend Barbara is an excellent cook. That day I had killed a few grouse and in the afternoon went down to the creek and caught a few nice trout.
Barbara cooked a meal with homemade bread, vegetables from her garden and the grouse and trout. For desert, she had baked two huckleberry pies using fresh huckleberries the kids had picked. I've never had a meal that good before or since.
hmmm , when i was 15 , me and 3 buddies took off to the beach for weekend, and we got high :whistling: , and the motel was next to the pier . well they went to sleep and i wanted to go fishing on the pier , but i was hungry as hell . so i left walked over a sand dune to pier , and all the food they had were those triangle cut samiches in plastic :rofl::rofl: , i got 2 and they were the damn best thing i have ever had .
also caught some spot and a big flounder that night .