Over 4 years ago I made a pledge to myself to give up ALL fast food.
This means no McDonald’s, No Burger King, No Taco Bell, No Sonic….No place that was a “fast food” chain. And to this day that had been one of my best choices. I did it for several reasons…
1) To save money! After calculating how much I spent each month on fast food that was DOUBLE my budget for my grocery bill! I learned to plan out my meals, make a menu, and stick to my monthly budget and it has helped me save HUNDREDS of dollars each year.
2)To eat healthier. I am not saying that fast food places do not have healthy options for you. Now they have done a great job at having alternative to offer families instead of the usual menu items. Like offering fruit instead of fries. Or having milk or juice instead of carbonated beverages. They have done a great job over the years to add some healthier options to their menus. But, for me, I felt that the variety of things that the grocery store was better and most cost-effective for me than going to grab something at my local fast food place.
3) To help me learn what I need to eat and to be more mindful of the things that I put in my body. Since then I have gotten leaner and gotten better results physically. Not having the luxury of just driving up someplace and getting food has made me actually think about what I want and what I need to eat on a daily basis. I have adopted a much healthier eating habit not to mention I have saved money!
There are tons of articles and studies on how “healthy” some of the items fast food places sale to you. And yes most of them are true. Hence why it is better to take your own pledge to limit or cut out fast food from your diet.
You do not have to quit cold turkey! And like I said before, they do have some healthier options on the menu. But make sure that the healthy option is not tainted with double ranch dressing or with other things that will help diminish its healthy intentions. You have to learn what is on the menu, how much of it you can have, and what to add/take away to keep that healthy meal within the “healthy meal” range.
One of the most important things about starting on a new health journey is know what is the right and wrong things to eat. And the things in the image above are the WRONG things to consume on a regular basis. I am not going to lie to you and say that I do not enjoy a nice burger. But I enjoy that burger every once in a while. You have to learn what you need on a regular basis and what you can have in moderation.
Each fast food restaurant should have a “Nutritional Facts” guide posted in their store or on their website (and to be honest most regular restaurants are starting to have them as well). It would be smart to look at them before you go to get your food so you can have in mind what are the best things and the worst things they have on their menus.
It is wise to NOT super size/enlarge your meals when asked. Also, limit the kind of condiments that you use on your meal. Even though Buffets are good for your pocket-book it is best to stay away from them! This is just a sure way for you to overeat, or eat several plate full of items that should be eaten in moderation. If you do go to a buffet try not to go up for seconds. Try to know what is a good portion size and make sure to get those portion sizes when you go up for your first entrée. And if you are still hungry, drink some water and wait a bit until you make your second trip. Sometimes it takes a little bit for your brain to realize that you are full so waiting will allow your food/drink to settle and for you to realize if you are truly full or not.
There are some more great tips in THIS article that will help you when making your fast food decisions.
Hope that this was a great tip to get your guys through the weekend! Happy Friday! And do not forget…ANY DAY is a GREAT DAY to start being healthy!