One of the informal goals that I set at the onset of this year (well more like back in October of 2010) was to not eat any fast food for an entire year (or if I can for the rest of my life). There are several reasons that I came to this goal.
The first being (and I know my Grandma reads the blog so this is hard to admit) I used to eat a lot of fast food. Near the end, before I started this new way of living, I was eating fast food 4-5 days a week and in quantities that I am sure were have devastating effects on my body.
For example my usual McDonald’s meal was a double quarter pounder with cheese, two McDoubles, a McChicken, with medium fries and a medium drink, the total calorie content of this meal was 2,090 with 96g of fat. No fiber, no vegetables or fruit, all meat and refined carbohydrates.
It is shocking to even look at that meal now (or to think why I wondered why I was over weight). The other problem I have with eating this food (this is addressed in Super Size Me) is that the more you eat it the more you want to eat it. There was a period of time after high school and in the first two years of college where I didn’t eat any fast food. But once I had one meal from McDonalds I found I would be thinking about it for the rest of the week after, wanting to get more.
Another reason for not wanting to eat fast food anymore is that I really don’t want to support that industry. Again, I don’t want to use this blog as a soapbox, but the fast food industry produces tons of waste and effects the prices (and subsidies) of many crops that farmers shouldn’t be wasting their time growing. There was a movie a while ago where one of the lines (I may have mentioned this before) is “Fast food speeds you to the grave” and I couldn’t agree more.
The worst thing of my fast food diet was that I didn’t really think it was that bad. I knew that I shouldn’t be eating that way, and every week I thought I would start doing grocery shopping and start cooking, but I never ended up doing it. And the more I ate it, the more I wanted to eat it, the more I did eat it and it was making me sick.
Fast food is cheap, convenient, and let’s face it it tastes good, that’s why its are everywhere. But you should really limit the amount that you eat at these places, or just try to abstain. I don’t want to support these chains anymore. There are hundreds of local restaurants owned by people who live in my community. And even though local restaurants are serving portions that are also out of control (that is another blog post) at least by eating there I am helping the local economy and not a giant conglomerate. So the next time you’re craving a hamburger, go to the local diner and tip your waitress.
Sometimes (like today) I read Nathaniel’s post before I write my own.
I commented to him as I went through it “there is no way you would have ordered that if I was with you.” And it’s true – people actually eat less food when they are dining with someone else.
I don’t go to McDonald’s that often and I never really have with frequency but man I do love their McGriddles Sandwich and hash browns! I haven’t had them since January 23rd… which was probably the last time I went to McDonald’s.
Taco Bell I may have had since then but I can’t really remember.
Something I was thinking about today was how in High School or college I would sometimes buy candy with my soda (high school) or coffee (college) and eat it slowly during class to keep from being bored.
I remember using a paperclip in my High School pre-calculus class to cut holes out of the center of my Reese’s Peanut Butter cups so that I could eat the center and the sides separately.
So ridiculous… I do have a good idea for tomorrow’s blog but now it is time for me to hit the hay.
My muscles ARE sore from lifting weights today and I ran 5 miles at the gym.