fast food

Subway. McDonalds. Starbucks. Pizza Hut. Burger King. Dunkin’ Donuts. Wendy’s. Taco Bell. KFC. Domino’s Pizza.

And they’re just some of the big names in the fast food industry. Apparently the 10 largest in the US ranked by number of outlets. Over 90,000 between them in the US alone. They’re everywhere making them pretty hard to ignore.

There are countless other fast food restaurants that will also cheerfully serve you a meal that many would and should question whether it qualifies as food.

Heavily processed and generally high in trans and polyunsaturated fats, added sugar and salt. The movie “Super Size Me” really brought home just how dangerous it is to eat McDonalds regularly.

But the same can be said for most fast food.

Then the movie “Food Inc.” took us behind the scenes, blowing-the-lid off the corporation-controlled food production practices of the US cattle industry.

And still we gobble down burger meals like there’s no tomorrow.

For me, the biggest issue was that I developed the habit of always ordering one of the “value” meals. Who doesn’t like a bargain?

As if the burger wasn’t enough for lunch, including fries and a soft drink rounded it off nicely. Assuming I didn’t then add dessert.

Invariably, I felt absolutely stuffed afterwards. And just a little ill.

What’s more, I was consuming an awful lot of sugar that represented sneaky, hidden calories that my body was blissfully unaware of.

Calories that were not helping me to feel naturally full and thereby causing me to overeat.

Fortunately, there are alternatives.

McDonalds has certainly come-on-board with some of their healthier options. Yet it can be hard knowing if they really are “healthy”. And if you are in the habit of ordering the same meal every time you visit, it can be difficult breaking the cycle. The triggers and temptations still remain.

Better to skip fast food altogether.

But if you’re left with little or no choice, and you really want to keep indulging, then have a read of this Choice article.

My no.1 rule is: carefully read the labels or nutritional information provided and simply avoid the sugar where at all possible. The rest will take care of itself.

And “I’m loving it!”

Kim | 78.2

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9 thoughts on “fast food

  1. Don’t forget about places like Tim Hortons. Those chocolate creme filled donuts are my weakness. I can’t even go near the place. Actually, I have donut stores all over the place. But, back to resisting them. (sigh)

  2. Yeah – I had a thing for Krispy Kreme donuts when they made a brief appearance downunder. Thankfully the franchise didn’t succeed so it’s hard to find them now. But they were very hard to resist. Kim*

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