Being in control with fast food.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
I just had a fast food lunch, and I am PROUD. I never, in a million years, thought I'd be able to say that.
I had made plans to get together for lunch with a friend of mine. We'd decided on Wendy's because of their Dollar Menu...come to find out their "dollar" items had either gone up in price, or down in size. At any rate, she wasn't able to get together for lunch after all, so I decided when I went out to pay a bill, I'd just pick up some lunch at Wendy's for Daughter and myself, and we'd have lunch together at home. We almost never get fast food. Maybe once or twice a year, and it's usually only Subway.
Anyway, I got a small chili for myself, and a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, value fries, and a value Coke for Daughter. I was going to get a small salad for myself too, but when I got there I figured I could throw together a tiny salad when I got home for free.
So that's what I did. My chili came with two packages of crackers, so I gave them to Daughter. When I got home, I tore up a slice of cheddar cheese and put it in my chili, and microwaved it for a minute to melt it all up. Then I put a dollop of sour cream on top, along with some hot sauce. I whipped up a little salad and poured myself a zero-calorie, sugar-free half lemonade-half iced tea sparkling water drink. Daughter and I enjoyed a nice lunch together, and we're getting ready watch a movie as soon as she puts away the dishes. (IF she ever puts them away. She is so damn slow. Drives me crazy!)
After lunch she said something about being full, and she was surprised because her fries and drink were so much smaller than she usually has. (She does not have a problem with her weight). It was a good opportunity to discuss how we don't have to go completely crazy when we get ourselves some kind of "treat." Not only are we typically full, we can also be satisfied with less. I have learned that I am actually MORE satisfied than when I go overboard with my eating, simply because I don't have to deal with the GUILT. I could've eaten a great big cheeseburger or a fried chicken sandwich (my favorite!), huge fries and drink, etc...and I'm sure it would have been amazing. But then the guilt would set it, and I truly wouldn't even be able to enjoy my meal any longer. But when I have just enough to end my hunger, appropriate portions, and have made smart choices with what foods I've chosen, I actually feel MORE satisfied. I can completely, 100% enjoy my meal, and my eating experience...whether I'm alone, or with other people. It's amazing how not having to deal with the guilt can be such a drastic game-changer.
So, I stayed on Phase One during my fast food lunch. I didn't overeat, or eat anything that I'd later regret. I am still not intending on making fast food a habit, or even more of an occasion, but it's nice to know that when I do decide to have some fast food, I can be in control with it. During my struggle with food, that's all I've EVER wanted: to be in control...to learn how to be normal. There is a right way and a wrong way to do just about everything. I think I'm finally figuring out the right ways to be healthy and well.