Saying Goodbye to Fast Food

Posted 05-2-2012 at 09:11 AM by Krista

In our world of quick fixes and instant gratification, Americans have made fast food chains hundreds of billions of dollars, probably in just the last year alone. I know I have a hard time staying away from them, and not because any of their food is particularly appetizing. It’s cheap, it’s quick, and little to no cleanup required. Heck, I used to work at a fast food restaurant, and as many of you know—and may have even done yourself, on occasion—some people leave all of their empty containers, napkins and ketchup packets on the table. They can not even be bothered to walk them to the trash! And of course there is always someone to come along and clean it up for you. Now that’s service.

Several years ago I read a book entitled Do Not Eat This Book, by Morgan Spurlock, the same man who performed the 30 day McDonald’s Diet. Spurlock provides information in this book that chilled my blood. I gave my husband the highlights, and we stayed away from the chain for over a year. What brought us back? I craved a Big Mac during my pregnancy, although that is probably some of the worst food you can consume while carrying a child.

It’s just so tempting. Even now as I write this my mouth is watering. The book explains that there are chemicals injected into the meat that make them more appetizing, chemicals that also slowly addict you to the product. God knows many people in this nation are addicted to McDonald’s hamburgers, and we’ve slowly filtered that addiction throughout most of the world.

Although he is known for the thirty days during which he ate McDonald’s fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and recorded the results, he says in his book that while he chose to focus on McDonald’s most fast food chains are just in bad. In fact, through my own observation I have noticed that the calories in Burger King is almost triple of that of McDonald’s in nearly all of their items.

As most of you know, fast food is not good for us. Putting chemicals and basically no nutrients in our bodies can be nothing but bad, yet many of us cannot stop eating it. Hey, I have been there. I am still there. I had McDonald’s just yesterday for breakfast. (Though I have to say that I trust their biscuits more than their burgers!) If you are looking for a way to quit eating fast food I strongly recommend you reading one or both of his books and watching the documentary. Even though my body is now craving good, nutrient-rich food I am also ready to say goodbye to harmful fast food and intend to do both these things to help me get over the hump.

Filed Under: Family Health


4 Responses to “Saying Goodbye to Fast Food”

  1. isabelsmummy on May 2nd, 2012 11:17 am

    Supersize Me was the movie that made me never set foot in a fast food restaurant again. And then I watched Fast Food Nation which just reaffirmed my decision. My 8yr old has only had fast food a handful of times and never with me. I haven’t told her why I won’t go other than it’s just not the best choice.

    Food Inc almost made me a vegetarian… but instead I now just eat a lot less meat and only buy meat that is not factory farmed.

  2. mibarra on May 2nd, 2012 12:06 pm

    It so hard, but if you can get off (like I did for awhile), then the first time or two you go back you realize it tastes terrible!! I too fell victim to pregnancy cravings for fast food…

  3. BeasMom on May 2nd, 2012 4:52 pm

    Being pregnant is the worse for my eating habits! I’m trying to stay away from fast food now, mostly because of the money. It’s so expensive, and doesn’t fill you up, and leaves you craving more of it. Nothing about it is good, but like you all said… it’s not easy.

    Me spend an hour cooking and cleaning, or run to town and have it all done for you in a matter of minutes with very little clean up… when you are pregnant? Makes it an easy choice. Not a good choice, but an easy one.

  4. crysntony on May 3rd, 2012 1:04 pm

    What has helped us avoid fast food is to make things ahead of time and freeze them. I always have homemade meatballs in the freezer and when we are running late or pressed for time, we throw a bunch in a pot of sauce to heat them while boiling noodles in another pot. Easy 15 minute meal and we didnt even have to leave the house. We also keep homemade burritos (meat, bean, and cheese) in the freezer. These are super easy to make and freeze well. Keep 20 or so on hand. We are trying to save $$$ and avoid fast food at the same time.

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