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JPRSAVETTE
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8/14/13 11:23 A

enjoy the fries..........you could chose to have just a few and toss the rest or enjoy an indulgence..........if you constantly deprive yourself this process will be too painful to continue.....its all about balance



HFAYE81
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8/14/13 11:06 A

Sorry, but I would have just not eaten them and thrown them away if it was too tempting. Giving them back could have been seen as offensive, and its not like he'd put them in another bag...he would have had to throw them away.

Edited by: HFAYE81 at: 8/14/2013 (11:26)


COCOBUCKMAN
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8/14/13 11:04 A

To the lady with the question of returning fries. Once food leaves a restaurant, they cannot accept it. It will go straight to the trash. Health policy. Feeling gulity about munching on a heavy calorie snack wont help you short or long term. Strive to prep yourself for such situations so you wont be stuck with unhealthy fast food. I have learned to always carry a protein bar with me at all times. I have many times had to settle when away from home.



KELLYSWIMS12
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8/14/13 11:01 A

Oh man, I would have eaten the fries. Definitely. Probably all of them too. But I would have counted them and "made up" for it in my next few meals/snacks! :)



KNUCKLES145
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8/14/13 10:02 A

hate to preach too, but me putting crap in my body is not going to change the fact that millions of people don't have enough to eat.


back to the original post, I probably would have eaten a few of the fries and given the rest to my pet rats when I got home.



DUFFERS12
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8/14/13 8:59 A

Taken them, eaten them, AND counted them. Hate to preach, but for all of you who would throw away, do you have any idea how much food is thrown away daily? How many adults and children go to sleep starving every night in this country alone? If you have to dump it, find some one to give it to.



DIEGOGAL1
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8/14/13 8:36 A

First of all, they put them in your container, they can't resell them now; however, I do not like fries, I would have thrown them away.



TOMKATKAHSEY
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8/14/13 7:56 A

Give the fries back! I can think of lots of things I would like better. Fruit, chocolate, home-made popsicles...If I could just make it home!!!

Edited by: TOMKATKAHSEY at: 8/14/2013 (08:02)


BLUENOSE63
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8/14/13 7:47 A

I am not a fry girl but I would have taken them and given them to my husband who likes fries



ANNE007
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8/14/13 7:27 A

I would have so eaten the fries, and I would have really enjoyed them :-)

I don't often order French Fries, but those and the diet cokes (with lots of ice!) are the only things I like to eat at McDonalds. Love their fries!

So in your situation (starving & can't wait, no snacks in the car, dressed in such a way that I couldn't go into the grocery) I would have gotten off the freeway and hit the drive thru for a very large McDonalds diet coke. I would still rush home to get something to eat, but I think the diet coke would hold me over until I made it home.

If not, I would have ordered a hamburger and diet coke. And if I just couldn't stand it, I would have ordered a hamburger, small order of fries and a diet coke and called it dinner. Not the world's healthiest choice, but not too bad. Then get right back on track with a lesson learned for the next time!



LILLITH32
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8/14/13 5:59 A

I would've tried to eat a few. Then I would've made a mental note for the future to pack a small snack, maybe a healthy protein bar or some cheese, nuts and fruit. I tend to have a few baggies of trail mix in my purse for emergency situations (but I also got food allergies which make a quick stop at MickeyD's the last option).



EOWYN2424
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8/14/13 5:16 A

Oh! Nom! Nom! Friiiiiiieeeeeeesssssssss!

Now I'm hungry! Lol!



SAILSATSUNSET
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8/14/13 5:14 A

It would have been nice had he asked you first. Hand them back or toss them. That's what he would have to do..toss them.



FISHER011
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8/14/13 5:03 A

eat them!



SUZIEQUE77
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8/14/13 4:56 A

There are countless times in life when our resolve to stick to an eating plan is broken when somebody unexpectedly offers, or gives us food we did not ask for. This situation is not any different.

"On a side note McDonalds wants you to stay addicted to their food and keep coming back. I swear as I see restaurants and grocery making more and more unhealthy food options I think sometimes they are trying to kill us off. "

As for me, I don't think McDonald's is trying to kill us off. Of course they want customers to keep coming back. I am one customer that keeps coming back. Because they offer healthier options than they used to: salads, oatmeal, eggwhite McMuffins, Yogurt Parfaits, grilled chicken sandwiches/snackwraps. And I love their 170 calorie ice cream cones. Their fries are not addictive to me. When I eat there with my H, I always take 1 or 2 of his fries. That is enough for me. In the situation described here, I would probably eat one or two of the fries and either throw them out, or give them to somebody if I had someone at home that would want them, or whatever.

The guy at McDonald's was trying to be nice and I would just be grateful, say thanks, and get on my way rather than try to explain why I did not want the fries.


Edited by: SUZIEQUE77 at: 8/14/2013 (04:58)


RUBENB2003
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8/14/13 1:48 A

Give them back



NICKYCRANE
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8/14/13 1:36 A

I would have eaten them, maybe eaten half and put the other half aside to heat up on a non calorific day, if I had the willpower. I definitely track all the calorific stuff I eat, as far as I can estimate it, but dont get hung up on it.



BOOGERDOO
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8/13/13 10:23 P

plan b for next time would be to keep a serving of almonds in your bag or granola bar to cut the hunger until you got home.




KITTYCAT64
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8/13/13 10:12 P

I would like to say I would hand them back,but I would have eaten them..I mean really, how much will power can one woman have. Count it and move on.

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AZULVIOLETA6
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8/13/13 10:09 P

Politely take them, then throw them away. Junk food = poison. Put it in the trash where it belongs. Your body is not a rubbish bin.

Fast food fries always SEEM like they are going to be delicious, but they taste disgusting. The ones from McDonald's barely even have any potato in them. They contain something like 23 ingredients--most of them artificial.

Edited by: AZULVIOLETA6 at: 8/13/2013 (22:22)


BROWNCOFIDDLER
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8/13/13 9:28 P

Give it back



FLOYDIE40
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8/13/13 9:10 P

Not trying to make you feel bad at all, there's so much to be said for the happy dance you would have done if you turned them down or threw them out.

Eating them was not a wrong choice, but use whatever choice to make a better choice next time.



CSOSMAN72
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8/13/13 8:57 P

I would have given the fries to someone less fortunate than I am. We sadly have a great deal of homeless in my area and I'm sure one of them would have appreciated the free food. That way, I win because I don't eat them, the restaurant wins because they feel they placated a customer, and the person I gave them to wins because they get something to eat.

It works out all the way around.



JUDY1260
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8/13/13 8:46 P

I would have thanked him for the fries and enjoyed every last one of them. McDonald's is not a trigger food for me. I rarely eat there. An order of fries once in a blue moon is not going to derail any progress I've made up to this point.

As Faith said in an earlier comment, is this a lifestyle change or a quick weight loss program? I'f it's for life you need to figure out if you can live without fast food fries for the rest of your life (which could be a very long time with all the healthy habits you've developed!). My thought is life's too short to not indulge in fast food fries every once in awhile.

And yep, those chicken snack wraps are deceiving. On the rare occasion that I eat there, that's what I order. I get the crispy ranch. If I'm going to indulge in crap food, I might as well go all the way. LOL

Edited by: JUDY1260 at: 8/13/2013 (20:46)


FITWITHIN
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8/13/13 6:42 P

Well I took 6 fries today.



PJNSGRL78
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8/13/13 5:22 P

I probably would have given the squirrels and birds the fries. I know for myself and many others there are trigger foods. Right now I know if I have these trigger foods it will make me hungrier and make me crave them more by avoiding them until I establish good healthy habits I'm trying not to let myself get sucked back into the cycle. I want to get to a point where I can just eat a small amount of something and be fine.

On a side note McDonalds wants you to stay addicted to their food and keep coming back. I swear as I see restaurants and grocery making more and more unhealthy food options I think sometimes they are trying to kill us off. Seriously though it comes back to they are trying to keep us addicted.

It might be a good idea for us in emergency situations, to keep a notebook with us of calorie counts at different restaurants. This will help us know EXACTLY what we are eating and make more informed choices.

Bottom line don't let it beat you up. If it wasn't a problem for you then know you can fit that in to your count occasionally. If it was a problem and a trigger for you recognize it and try to have other options on hand emoticon



PJNSGRL78
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8/13/13 5:21 P

I probably would have given the squirrels and birds the fries. I know for myself and many others there are trigger foods. Right now I know if I have these trigger foods it will make me hungrier and make me crave them more by avoiding them until I establish good healthy habits I'm trying not to let myself get sucked back into the cycle. I want to get to a point where I can just eat a small amount of something and be fine.

On a side note McDonalds wants you to stay addicted to their food and keep coming back. I swear as I see restaurants and grocery making more and more unhealthy food options I think sometimes they are trying to kill us off. Seriously though it comes back to they are trying to keep us addicted.

It might be a good idea for us in emergency situations, to keep a notebook with us of calorie counts at different restaurants. This will help us know EXACTLY what we are eating and make more informed choices.

Bottom line don't let it beat you up. If it wasn't a problem for you then know you can fit that in to your count occasionally. If it was a problem and a trigger for you recognize it and try to have other options on hand emoticon



MCASKEY6
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8/13/13 4:28 P

I don't think there is anything wrong with an occasional order of fries. Give or take, you have around 90 meals a month. One bad meal is not going to destroy your hard work, as long as the other 89 meals are healthy.

Junk food is a pleasure in life that should be enjoyed. But like all pleasures it can became a problem when you let it take over your entire life.




DPOWERS042260
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8/13/13 3:44 P

Good answers! If you are going to eat something that is less than healthy, at least enjoy it! Then, as everyone says, get back on track. If you really, really want something, indulge in a small portion, really savor it, and then forget about it. You will have situations come up like this often. Just decide is it worth it to give in, or would you rather "save" up for something else, like a warm brownie, topped with sweet, creamy ice cream, smothered in chocolaty hot fudge, with thick, rich, whipped cream, with a delicious maraschino cherry....oh, sorry!! Drifted off for a moment! LOL!



JANTHEBLONDE
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8/13/13 3:38 P

Give them back!! emoticon



ELSELTZ
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8/13/13 3:34 P

I'm reading a really good book called "Changeology" by John Norcross, which is all about how different techniques for self-help are beneficial at different stages of the change process.

When you are starting out, and beginning to commit, it is really helpful to invest thought & emotional energy into your motivations and feelings about wanting to change, the pros and cons of what you are giving up/doing differently, etc. This gives you a strong and realistic foundation.

However, when you are already well along in developing your new habits, into what he calls the "perspire and persist" stages, it is more helpful to stop self-analyzing and instead focus on keeping a lapse from turning into a relapse. Lapses happen, but they don't have to derail you. Some useful tools at this stage are tracking, accountability, mantras/purpose statements, and supportive or coaching relationships.

Personally, realistically I would have eaten the whole bag of fries because they were there. Then I would track it, eat lightly the rest of the day, and go pack healthy snacks in my car as soon as I got home.



BUNNYLAMB
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8/13/13 2:39 P

I agree with others in saying that you gotta just pick up and get back on track as soon as it's over. I actually feel really grateful for those moments of guilt after I indulge in something I didn't really need or want... it's an opportunity to pay attention to the unhappiness unhealthy eating brings me, which makes it easier to make decisions going forward. Give yourself a couple of minutes to feel the bad feeling, then close the door and move on.

Bunnykicks (hello, fellow bunny!): 'different strokes for different folks' proven right again!... I have a way harder time strolling past the chips, candy bars, and ice cream at a corner store than I do turning down fries, pop, and cheese at McD's :)



PRINCESSNIBBLES
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8/13/13 1:40 P

I would have been pleasantly surprised, said a big Thank You! and figured the fries would not mean a setback. McD's has the best fries anyway.

Movin' on! emoticon



PATTIJOHNSON
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8/13/13 12:41 P

It was wrong of them not to ask if you wanted them before assuming you did. I would have taken them, eaten them, and then kicked myself later because I don't like throwing food away.



LALA112
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8/13/13 12:12 P

That is a toughie!! I probably would have eaten a few fries then thrown them away. I probably am too polite to tell them to take the fries away, though that's what I would have wanted to do!



MMK113
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8/13/13 12:01 P

I would eat them savor them and not feel guilty. I believe if you fall off the wagon you dust off and get right back on.



FAITHP44
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8/13/13 11:37 A

It depends whether you're looking at weight loss as developing a lifestyle you can live with for the rest of your life, or trying to lose the weight as quickly as possible. If you're looking at a permanent lifestyle, I think you did the right thing. You'd worked out, you were hungry, you were craving fries and it might have taken you a long time to get home. To me a healthy lifestyle involves eating healthily and the right amount most of the time - and occasionally having something else that you really fancy as a treat. That's very different from the mindless eating that got a lot of us to this site in the first place.

On the other hand, if you're looking to lose the weight as quickly as possible you may have made a wrong choice - but not one that will sabotage your efforts for ever.

So I wouldn't worry about it. But, if you are going to eat fries from McDonalds, you might as well enjoy them instead of feeling guilty about them!



LUCKYNURSEE
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8/13/13 11:36 A

I would have thanked the employee for the compensation then choose what to do with the fries. The key to staying healthy is moderation. The other thing we have is choice. We choose to eat what we eat. What you choose, is up to you.

PS I would have ate half of those fries...they are my weakness LOL



BELLYDOG
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8/13/13 11:31 A

I would have taken the fries and eaten them, truth be told. And I would record them on the nutrition tracker too. Maybe I'd still have calories available for dinner even. But eating healthy 90% of the time is what will get you to your goal. If you try to be 100%, you'll just end up giving in when you flub up. And who among us is perfect? Persistence, not perfection, that's the name of the game.



BEEANDHAM
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8/13/13 11:27 A

As long as you're eating because you're stomach hungry and not head hungry and you're stopping before you're full/stuffed, I think it's okay to eat things like this once in a while. I try and follow the 80/20 rule. 80% healthy choices, 20% less healthy things I want that I still like and don't want to label as "bad foods."



SHERYLDS
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8/13/13 11:25 A

it's not as if you wanted them in the first place
and you undid the calories you burned in the workout....
so either way not eating them would have been better.

save your calories for something you do want.




PATIOAZ
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8/13/13 11:19 A

Are you planning to go the rest of your life without eating fries? Not me. Just adjust your day (or the next day if need be) and move on. My husband ordered fries the other day. I ate 5 of them very slowly and that did the trick.



TBOURLON
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8/13/13 10:48 A

I'd probably do what you did, eat them & feel guilty about it. It's a conundrum that we all face daily. Today at work was the annual staff mtg, well surprise there were donuts and yes I had one. I'm always more proud of myself on those rare occasions when I actually say "no thanks." I was just saying to my co-worker that I'll have to spend some extra time on the elliptical tonight - as if THAT would make it better! Problem with eating crap is, you tend to have less energy for exercise, and I'm already feeling sleepy. emoticon



KJEANNE
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8/13/13 10:47 A

Not McDonalds fries. Not a temptation so much for me. But if those were In-n-Out fries, it would have been a different story.



MANDIETERRIER1
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8/13/13 10:30 A

I would have taken the fries and enjoyed them too



BUNNYKICKS
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8/13/13 10:29 A

I would not have gone to a fast food restaurant in the first place - for the simple reason that situations like what you describe, tend to happen. It's just too much of a battle for me to place myself in front of so much temptation, thinking i can Engage My Willpower... oh, that's just way too much stress and anxiety. And then, "combo that? you get the drink for free that way!" (ughhhh how do you say no) "free fries?" (ugghhh how do you say no?) "would you like cheese on that" (ughhh yes yes yes i would but i was going to avoid it but now that you mention it how do you say no?).

Honestly, I'd rather deal with hungry feelings for an extra half hour or so, than deal with Willpower Battle and Denial Feelings that come hand in hand with trying to order Sensibly at fast food places.

I would have rather found a small corner store and dove in, grabbed a yogurt or a packet of hard boiled eggs or a protein bar.

However to answer your question, if I had attempted to make a Healthy Choice at McDonalds, only to be presented with free fries, yes, i'll be honest, i would have eaten some. I'd have tried to eat, say, half, and throw the rest away, and then i'd spend time fretting over a) the fact that I ate fries that I didn't really want and b) that i threw away ("wasted!") fries that i did want. I'd chalk it up to a lesson-learned and carry on.



DRAGONCHILDE
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8/13/13 10:28 A

Honestly, I'd have enjoyed the fries, and not looked back. ;) One meal doesn't sabotage your efforts, and I always have room in my ranges for less-than-healthy choices now and again.



PLUGINALONG
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8/13/13 10:16 A

If you eat a good, healthy meal the next time around, it evens out.



EMPRESSAMQ
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8/13/13 10:04 A

There is no right answer really. I'd do whatever seemed like a good idea at the time.

Weight management is not about always doing the optimum thing about food. It is about living life as it comes. If someone gave me fries and I wanted to eat them I would.

If not, not.

I wouldn't analyze it too much, just move on.



GOALWTIN7
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8/13/13 10:00 A

Driving home from a friend's house where I did one hour and 15 minutes treading water in the pool. The drive home is freeway taking 15 minutes. Accident on the freeway and cars not moving and after 25 minutes, got off the freeway as I was getting hungry and who knows when the cars would be moving again. ( I say always pack snacks which I did not do )

I was in a bathing suit and small cover-up. Did not want to run in a market and did not feel like fruit which I would have bought at the market. I craved protein after that workout. Remembered an ad I saw that McDonald's now has chicken snacks you can get broiled. I drove through one. As a side note those little things surprisingly pack a lot of calories. I was the only car and waited a long time at the window for the food. The guy finally came to the window and handed me the bag. He said, "sorry it took so long so I put a free order of fries in your bag." I did take it as I was craving fries but did not order it. I did eat 3/4 of the bag.

Would you have taken the free fries or have taken out your chicken snack and handed the bag with the fires back to the guy? I was disappointed in me.



 
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