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.