Fast Food Is My Favorite Food
Tom Venturo is the best selling author of the eBook Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle. He posted a blog article entitled The Real Way To Stop Eating Fast Food. In the article Tom pointed out that statistics show that people know fast food is unhealthy but still choose to eat it. The reasons given are the perceived convenience and dislike of cooking and Tom added the perception that fast food is cheaper.
These are all things that I have struggled with over the years so I posted this comment on his blog and I thought I would share it here – slightly edited – to show you how I have learned to change my behavior. I also share these things in my LIF2 classes and whenever I am called into an organization as a Health Speaker.
As a recovering ‘fast food – aholic’ I recognize that I held onto each of the reasons you cited at one point in my life. I knew that fast food was basically bad. But I never modified my behavior correctly since I really did not know all the facts or how to correctly apply the facts I did know. Now I am at the point where I have been able to develop more wisdom about my eating habits. Here are my two cents on the topic.
A head of lettuce costs approx .93 cents here in Michigan. Add in bell peppers, other healthy toppings, light dressings etc and the cost per man size serving is still really low.
A 1/4 lb of lean ground beef is $1.00 when it is NOT on sale. I could really talk alot more about price but that will have to come later. I should mention that ‘bad’ foods generate an insulin response that usually cause us to eat more food. So the cumulative cost of eating bad food can easily be much more expensive than eating healthy. A friend of mine told my how when he shopped at Whole Foods he had to pay attention to what he put in his basket because the prices were higher and as a consequence he bought less junk food. I was recently talking with a Casting Director for The Biggest Loser and it is amazing how many of us potential contestants use this argument and how easy it is to rebut with simple facts. We big folk like our lies 😉
No one I know likes a ‘plain’ baked potato with nothing on it. Or a patty of ground beef without the bun, ketchup, mustard, onions etc. We all modify our foods to make them tastier. Similar tastes (granted – not equal) can be obtained at home with a little experimentation. A baked potato with butter spray and salsa etc. 96% lean ground beef with low-carb ketchup, chopped onions and a low carb – lo cal wrap ( I like La Tortilla Factory Tortillas). Good tasting food is possible and as you mentioned, fast food is not gourmet!
Side dishes take almost no prep time when you consider frozen or canned vegetables and the like. So I spend a couple of hours on the weekend preparing the meats for my week and then I store them in baggies and prep my salads and sides each day. It really can be ‘fast food’.
Now to be honest, packing lunch does take advanced planning but my new life has been worth taking the minimal effort since I know maintaining my health is easier then getting it back.
Other ‘Fast Food’
The other night while on the way to sit down and work at Starbucks I had a serious hunger craving. Instead of hitting the drive through I stopped in the local grocery store and bought a couple pints of Strawberries and some baked chicken from the deli. At other times I have bought a couple of huge apples and some chicken, turkey or corn beef slices at 90 calories per package. It is always cheaper than Fast Food and ‘almost’ as quick.
Fast Food ‘Options’
To be honest I still go to a fast food restaurant a couple times per week when I have not done my grocery shopping but I simply make better choices. At McDonald’s I will get the Grilled Chicken Asian Salad with Low-Fat Balsamic dressing and a Dbl-Cheeseburger (without the bun to save some calories) and a large diet pop or water. I love the McDonalds nutritional website since it allows me to adjust individual parts of my meal.
Hope this helps you to be successful in your weight loss or weight maintenance journey.
Talk to you soon and remember,
There’s A Winner Within You!
By The Way – What do you do instead of driving into the closest fast food restaurant?
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