Thursday, October 14, 2010


It's a staple of the average American diet. We eat it on road trips and when we want something fast without having to bother with cooking. You know what I'm talking about: Fast Food.

I grew up with fast food as part of my diet. Cuz really, what kid doesn't love Happy Meals? Going to McDonald's was a treat, as my family didn't eat out very often. And in high school, I discovered the deliciousness of the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit.

It wasn't until I really started to pay attention to my diet and to read nutrition labels that I realized I didn't want to pollute my body with foods filled with preservatives (check out this recent experiment with a Happy Meal). I also realized that every time I went to a fast food restaurant, it was a frustrating experience that led me to question the hiring techniques of the store managers. (I don't think being polite to customers is ever over-rated.)

Happy Meal

For the past several years, I've mostly avoided fast food places, with the occasional exception of Dairy Queen (loves me some Blizzards!). To me, fast food restaurants represent gluttony, sloth, and laziness. These feelings I have are less about the food served there, and more about the lifestyle that fast food represents. Instead of McDonald's being something positive, like it was when I was younger, it's now something negative to me.

Sure, people can argue that fast food is no worse than the cookies and cake that I so adore. And yes, I'm sure there's at least a minimal health benefit in some fast food items. But for the most part, I feel like fast food is completely against my goal of healthy living.

I'm baffled by the allure of a Whopper or a Big Mac. The last time I ate one of those, I got a terrible stomachache! I remember adoring McDonald's french fries when I was in high school, but whenever I try them now, I'm disgusted by them. I'd much rather have The Cheesecake Factory's sweet potato fries! (Yum!)

Sure, they may look good, but they don't taste good to me anymore

Even as I write this, I realize I could come across as sounding like a stuck up snot, so please don't think I'm judging anyone's choice of foods. My point is to merely state that as I come to embrace a healthier lifestyle more and more, I've realized that my tastes and attitude toward certain foods and restaurants are changing. When it comes down to it, I'll always pick a cookie over a Big Mac, and a cupcake over fast food fries. It's just a matter of preference.


  1. The .99 cent heart attack! I'm with you though, I would rather have my "sweet" treats.

  2. Mmmmm...friiiiesss...
    It's so funny you post this today and over on my blog I posted about going to in and out burger (and loving it) for the first time. LOL!!

    For me, the item that has lost it's appeal to me is soda. I may have a sip of it on vacays once or twice a year, but it has no draw or appeal to me at all anymore. And I'm not even a healthy eater!

  3. Dani - For some reason, I'm totally ok with some fast food chains, though. Subway, Taco Bell, Five Guys, & Dairy Queen are all some of my favs. Maybe cuz they don't seem QUITE as processed as McDonald's et al.?? LOL

  4. yuck yuck yuck. soo agree! i have a sweet tooth so cupcakes definately over fries!

  5. I used to beg my mom to "drive through McDonald's" on the way home from school. We didn't eat fast food often at all. My perception has changed as well. Even through my early 20's I would eat McDonald's "diet food" like fruit and yogurt parfaits and grilled chicken salads. Then I realized that it wasn't just about macronutrients, it's about all the chemicals and additives (one and the same?) in the food. Now I steer clear. I have never taken my daughter to a fast food restaurant bc I make it a point to always have healthy options with me.