Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I grew up eating fast food without thinking about it. It was a treat when I was younger. We didn't have much money and when we had a bit extra my parents would take us girls out. In highschool my family had more money and less time so we had fast-food quite often. When I started driving and my own money I would treat myself when I could. As my life became more hectic and I was driving from job to job I relied on fast-food. I love cooking but did not make it a priority.
This evening I was going with a friend to learn what she did for her care giving job in order to substitute for her next month. I fell asleep waiting so when she came to get me I hadn't had dinner yet. On my way home I was starving and craving something salty and the thought of DQ Chicken Strips went rolling through my head and I began to salivate. I thought I should just go home and cook something but didn't feel like cooking and did not have anything I could eat instantly. I bought it and enjoyed it.... not for long though.
It has been at least a month since I have had fast-food and my stomach is now killing me. I feel so sick. I felt sicker when I found out the nutrition - over 1000cals for the meal. I don't plan on spending my life counting calories but it definitely is a good idea to be aware. Now that I know this information I will be knowledgeable about what I am putting in my body and will probably choose the kid size which will fill me up anyway.
The old saying, "Knowledge is power," holds true when talking about your nutrition. The only way to have control over your health is to be knowledgeable about your body and you're own personal needs and what you are putting into it. Do you have a craving for something and put it in your mouth without thinking about it? .... I think we all do from time to time... but why? What makes you crave that thing? Is it the saltiness? The sweetness? The bitterness? Read the label. Is it okay in proportion? If so, why not figure out what a good portion is for you on those crave days and separate it as soon as you purchase it. Is your craving for something completely outlandish? Is there something you can switch it for? If your craving is a coffee drink try a different option and see if it does the trick. You like a certain candy? Try dried fruit. Chips? Try popcorn. That is just my suggestion.
What are my must have craves? Dutch Bros! I used to get an NF SF Iced Cocomo but I chose to start getting an NF SF Iced Annihilator. Peanut M&MS! When I was on government in college sometimes we would get in heated debates and the Class President would call a break and go get me a pack of M&MS. That's bad. I found that it is actually better if I buy a medium size bag rather than an individual package. If I buy the individual package I eat it one setting. If I have the big bag I usually only have 2 a day (I am weird and have to have one on both sides of my mouth.). Carbs! Since I was young my late night snack would be a bowl of carbs. Chips, cereal, crackers, a tortilla, a piece of bread, it never mattered, I wanted it. Now I have become knowledgeable and more in control. I will have one serving of crackers, baked chips or bowl of cereal.
I challenge you to realize what you are eating, why you are eating it, and what your body needs. Are you up to the challenge?