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No quiero Taco Bell

Monday, February 27, 2012

Today's daily Spark blog has a feature on the menu changes that Taco Bell is implementing. www.dailyspark.com/blog.
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I thought this would be a good time for me to blog about how Taco Bell was a factor in my initial decision over 7 years ago to give up fast food.

I am certainly no saint when it comes to eating healthy and I used to be a regular fast food eater. As a graduate student, I worked long hours in the lab and would get home late. When I got home, I just wanted a quick hot meal. Enter fast food: conveniently located, not time-consuming, and cheap (always a good thing to a poor graduate student). However, since I would get home very late, there were few places that would be open. Taco Bell was one of them. Wendy's was the other (more on that later).

I regularly ate my dinner meals in the Taco Bell parking lot after 11 pm since the restaurant portion would no longer be open. Well, guess what? When it's late at night, the "wildlife" come out. There were 2 skunks and a raccoon who also regularly ate their dinner meals in the Taco Bell parking lot too. They ate the garbage that was thrown out by the restaurant. I know they ate Taco Bell regularly since I was also eating there regularly. I don't want to offend any skunks or raccoons out there but the only way to describe these animals was obese.

I had gained a significant amount of weight those first few years of grad school and seeing the obese skunks was very off putting. The skunks were getting fat because of the bad food they were eating. I was eating that same bad food. I realized that if I continued to eat the way I was eating, I was going to go the way of the skunks. Life is strange that way in that obese skunks became the mirror I could not avoid.

Even after I gave up Taco Bell, I didn't give up fast food completely. I had cut it out of my diet significantly but there were still those times when I would leave the lab at midnight and just wanted something, anything to eat. Enter Wendy's. After twice suffering from severe gastrointestinal distress (I will spare you the details) at two different Wendy's locations and with no one else also getting sick, I realized my body was no longer capable of eating fast food without getting severely sick. I can proudly say that it has been 5 years since I have willingly consumed fast food.
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