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KFC Sonic and fast food nutrition

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Yesterday I knew I was going to be on the road at dinner time. I hadn't had a KFC chicken dinner in probably at least a year so I looked it up for calories and found that the whole meal was way more calories than I wanted to "spend" on it. I still wanted the meal so I compromised. I ate the chicken minus the skin and ate half the potatoes and gravy. I gave the biscuit to my husband and threw away the cole slaw which is way too sweet for me.

On the way home my husband wanted to stop at Sonic for a shake because it was after 8PM and they are half price at that time. I agreed but said I only wanted part of one and drank about one quarter of a 14 oz chocolate shake.

I went home and did my nutrition tracking and I had easily stayed within my calories but had fallen woefully short in the fruit and vegetable department. I did have two fruits and one vegetable yesterday but that was all. I guess the point of all this is yes, we can indulge in things like fast food occasionally and still stay within our calorie range, but obviously our nutrition will suffer. At 1200 calories a day it is basically impossible to get all the fiber, protein, minerals, and vitamins anyway and eating fast food on a fairly regular basis would really add to the problem besides adding a lot of additional fat. I did enjoy my meal and am not sorry I did it but will not be tempted to do it again anytime soon. Sometimes we just have to give in to a craving. Obviously others do the same or I wouldn't have found them on the search to add them into my nutrition tracker.
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    Once in awhile isn't going to hurt you. I have found that I am enjoying eating more fruits & veggies.
    1757 days ago
    My DD2, a Registered Dietician, responded to my statement,"I am meeting my calorie restrictions but I am short on protein.", "Dad, if that is consistent you are losing muscle, that is not a good thing." I began to add Greek 0% fat yogurt and frozen fruit to my menu and I am good on protein. She pointed out that we all will have days when we don't have the proper mix but need to avoid consistent failure. I don't imagine her husband or her not having a proper mix unless it is when they are with us.
    1761 days ago
    You are correct in that an occasional treat (I don't do fast food, but enjoy a good restaurant meal from time to time) will not do do any real damage to ones program. Actually, I believe such "breaking from the morm" meals are a must. I find that once satisfied with a meal out, I am all the more ready to continue with doing what is best for my body & health.

    God bless!
    1761 days ago
    I have a friend who says it's not what we eat that makes us fat, it's what we DON'T eat -- the fruits, the veggies. So -- that's my goal. To eat more of the healthy stuff.

    I congratulate you on only eating a small portion of the "junk food." That's willpower.

    My mother always said, it's better for food to go to waste than to go to waist.
    1761 days ago
    We all indulge occasionally. You are exactly right on about eating fast food and the nutritional value being pore. We just need to set our standards higher and not consume it! Send KFC, MC'Ds and Taco Bell straight to H#!! emoticon
    1761 days ago
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