Tag: fast food

Morgan Spurlock Listen Up

I have a great idea.  A few years ago the gimmick documentary maker Morgan Spurlock made his movie Super Size Me where he eats McDonalds every day for a month and every time they ask him ‘Do you want to super size it’, he says ‘yes’.

During the month they monitor his health and vitals which all go down the tube.  I don’t know how this is really considered an expose of any sorts, really more of an extreme stunt.

Here’s something that would be more interesting. All of the fast food companies claim you can eat healthy at their restaurants. Some example from their websites:

McDonalds

“Eating right isn’t always easy – we have lots of menu choices to help you.”

Wendy’s

“At Wendy’s, we believe in choice. Choice in toppings. Choice in dressings. And the choice to select from a wide variety of nutritious options.”

KFC

“We believe eating sensibly, combined with appropriate exercise, is the best solution for a healthy lifestyle. KFC offers a variety of menu items for those that want lower fat, lower calorie choices, including Kentucky Grilled Chicken and Honey BBQ Sandwiches, corn on the cob, BBQ baked beans and green beans. ”

Taco Bell, KFC and I assume other Pepsi owned companies all have links to the ‘Keep it Balanced‘ website. To me this is just amazing.  They show a family eating fried chicken, biscuits, cole slaw, drinking soda- probably the worst meal in the world, and then say ‘Its a simple formula, ‘Energy In=Energy Out’.  Do you know how much energy you’d have to put out to make up for that meal? Its so ridiculous.The whole website kind of ticks me off to be honest!

Subway is of course the king of healthy eating marketing, even promoting their food as a diet choice with celebrity athletes such as Apollo Anton Ohno and Michael Phelps.  Here’s the thing- how many people really make the healthy choices at Subway? No mayo or sauces, wheat bread with one of the 8 possible ‘fresh fit’ selections?  Last time you went to subway did you stick by the rules and get the healthy choice?

To their credit, Burger King, Carl’s Jr, and In N Out are all more honest, merely stating their nutritional information and not making claims of health in any way.

Anyway, here is my idea.  Someone should put the fast food companies to their word and do a month of eating fast food.  Order the ‘healthiest’ options and see if it could really be done and be healthy.  Follow vitals and participate in moderate exercise as all the sites suggest.  I don’t think it could be done.

I say this because I am tempted by fast food.  It is sometimes difficult to get the motivation to cook just for myself and fast food is so easy.  The idea of it being ‘healthy’ does sometimes convince me to go and I always regret it. In 2010 I went an entire year without fast food and it was awesome.  Usually I stay away but every once in a while I fall into the habit.

I’m not one of those people that think fast food should be criminalized and monitored like the cigarette companies but it does seem like false advertising to claim health when in truth it is almost always an indulgence.

So there’s my idea! Morgan Spurlock call me!

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Fast Food Pledge

I have mentioned on this blog about  my recent pledge to stop eating fast food.  What I didn’t explain is that I have made a commitment to myself that I will not eat any fast food for the entire summer.  For fast food I am including anything with a drive-up window and any of the national chains (McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, In N’ Out and even Subway).  I am trying to change the way my body craves things.  I know that some of these places have healthier options but the problem is I seldom make those good choices.  I am weak and this challenge will hopefully make me strong.  I’m not saying I am never going out to eat but if I do it will be a rare sit down event- a special treat.  The one exception to this rule  is frozen yogurt as it is low in calories and delicious.

As I have told others about the challenge some have expressed interest in joining me!  This is very helpful. In fact, my friends Tiffany and Emilee have both agreed. We decided that as a reward for the entire summer we will do something fun like go to Lagoon (an amusement park in Utah that I’ve actually never been too).  It is a difficult challenge- especially for Tiffany as she is an at-home CNA.  It’s often surprising how much fast food we eat.  At least for me, I had no idea how frequently I ate it. By not eating fast food I am helping reduce my caloric, fat, salt and sugar intake.  Plus, I’m eating food that tastes good, made by hand.

In fact, today is a good example of the benefits of this challenge.  A few of my friends and I worked at our home in Alpine on the yard ( I hate that yard!  Its so labor-intensive, but you should have seen it after we were done.  Amazing!).  Following hours of weeding we were all ready for lunch.  In the past I would have gotten Subway but due to the challenge I had to think ahead and purchased everything for a simple grilled (turkey and regular) hot dog lunch with fresh strawberries, water and rice crispy treats (90 calories a treat.  Even though Tiff ate 5!).  It was a yummier, less expensive and healthier meal than fast food .

There are so many examples in the past month and half like today- moments where I would have gotten fast food but instead came up with another solution.  It has been great!  I would like to encourage all of you to join me in the “No Fast Food Pledge”.  The more support I have the better chance that I’ll succeed.  You will be healthier, save money and feel better.  I already can see a difference (even with my fatigue from exercising I can sense an improvement).   If someone can think of a clever way to do it perhaps we can think of some type of incentive for those that complete the challenge.  If you are in Utah you can join us for Lagoon or some place similar.

Good luck and join the challenge!  No fast food!

No More Fast Food!

Healthy Snacking

So I have another healthy living question.  Now that I am not eating fast food occasionally I will find myself hungry while in the car for long stretches.  For instance, yesterday I had a ton of errands that didn’t finish until around 3 pm.  In my previous life I would have gotten some fast food for lunch, but I can’t do that anymore.  Here’s my question- what snack could I have in my car that would be healthy, affordable, not melt, and not need refrigeration? Any ideas? Beef jerky was the best thing I was able to come up with. Thanks in advance for your help.

The Type of Snacks I would have eaten before

Selfish Christmas Shopping and In N’ Out is Here!

As many of you know the fast food chain In N’  Out has made it to Utah.  There are four locations opening in the next few months including one in Draper.  In fact, it is about 2 minutes from my house, which is mostly a blessing but also quite the temptation.  So far I have avoided the deliciousness mostly because of the long lines- the drive through still has long wait.  Opening week the drive through wait was over an hour!

For the past two weeks I  have been sick and miserable (and still have a strain of it hanging on for dear life!).  Finally today I decided to treat myself.  I dropped my dad off at the airport and did a little  shopping- finally bought some snow shoes, a slipcover for my ugly sofa, some shampoo/conditioner/makeup, an entry-way mat, and Christmas cards.   I went shopping thinking of getting gifts for Christmas presents but to be honest I have already gotten most of my presents.   I have a few more to make but that’s about it.  This leads me a little room to buy some presents for myself!  Let’s face it sometimes a girl just needs to spoil herself!

These are the shoes I bought.  They are called Bogs, and I know they are ugly but they are ultra comfortable, and  will be super in the snow. I am excited about the purchase because most boots/winter shoes are hard for me  with my wide calves and high arches! I’m very excited about them.

After all this bustling about I decided to brave the line at In N’ Out.  In reality it wasn’t too bad a wait.  I went inside and it took maybe 5 minutes to get my order.Then I thoroughly enjoyed a regular hamburger with grilled onions, french fries and a chocolate shake.  It was terrible for me but yummy- and worth it! The shake tasted good on my sore throat and the comfort food was great.  It made me happy.  The whole afternoon cheered me up.   I needed a nice productive happy day with good food.

By the way, I also got a lot of work done today  but I think you’all are tired of hearing about my work…