I’m doing some thinking out loud- thanks Amanda for hosting the party!
I have a secret…
Sometimes I eat fast food and sometimes I enjoy it…
I’m not talking about the hip fast food (Chipotle/Panera)… I’m talking Taco
Hell Bell. And Dunkin’ Donuts bagels.
Now, I’m not going to pretend that I eat fast food often. It’s probabaly as low as 1 time/month.
I read a story recently about a girl who went on a trip with friends and they decided to stop at a fast food establishment for breakfast. The girl was so concerned about the “chemicals” and fat/calories in the fast food that she settled on something that basically guaranteed she would be hungry like an hour later. Now, her “lesson learned” was to pack food/snacks so that she would be prepared next time.
When I read her story, I felt myself flashing back to my eating diorder days where I always had snacks to avoid situations of having to unknown food or else I would order two yogurt parfaits because it was the only food I trusted. Somehow in my mind I believed that one single meal of lower quality would absolutely wreck my health.
You guys, people survive CHEMOTHERAPY and drinking DIRTY WATER and go on to live very healthy lives. Eating a sandwich off the dollar menu once in a blue moon may not be your first choice, but it sure isn’t going to ruin your health.
I’m not endorsing fast food. I’m not suggesting you make it a part of your regular diet. It isn’t a part of mine. If I had to pick between cooking and getting fast food, I’d pick cooing 99.99% of the time. I don’t usually crave it.
However, if I am on a trip with my friends or my church and they want to stop at the golden arches for lunch, I’m not going to freak and neither should you. If you want, pick one of their healthier choices, like a salad or grilled chicken sandwich. Or if you want french fries and a burger, realize this isn’t a place you would normally eat and eat the french fries.
I fear that when we demonize places, we further the distance between healthy eating/living and normal people with busy lives. We don’t want people to think that healthy eating is going to be too hard. The truth is, the American working world has made it extremely difficult for people to find the time to re-learn how to feed themselves in a healthy way. As they go through the Wendy’s drive way, they feel judged or too far gone to adopt a healthy life. NOT TRUE! You can enjoy fries dipped in your frosty and still be healthy.
I realize people have various reasons for not eating fast food (ethical, allergy, previous addictions), but for the majority of us we won’t be harmed by eating it.
So relax gal, it’s just lower quality food, not poison.
One last point… I read this article a few months ago and this was probably my favorite line: “I actually enjoy fries and shakes. I wouldn’t worry about nutrition right now because it’s not in the cards. I’d rather get a healthy meal I could savor later, and something quick and enjoyable now.”
Please, think out loud in the comments!