The Fast Food Phase - Remembering the Stages

in Natural Medicine2 months ago

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I get amazed looking back on my youthful life. The phrase

If I knew then what I know now

rings clear to me. My list of must haves would have definitely been different back then.

My family and I were out and about recently and one of my kids asked if we could stop and get some Burger King. My face immediately scrunched up in disrelish at the thought. Before saying anything else I blurted out loud

Ewwwww!

From there my husband and I had a conversation that sparked this post.

We both went through that same phase of thinking fast food was everything! At one point it was delicious to us and we had no objection to eating it.

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My older siblings and I

I remember those beautiful sunny Saturday afternoons when my parents took us to the park. We were always at the park on the weekends. My father worked hard throughout the week and we missed him when he was gone all day. The weekend was our chance to spend that needed family time.

It was also a perfect opportunity to ask our parents to take us to McDonalds for a happy meal.

Let me explain something. Going to McDonalds back then was like a vacation or a trip to a theme park. We went so seldom that it was a very special treat for us.

One of the reasons was at the time
my parent’s budget couldn’t afford us that extra “luxury”. The other reason was our parents told us too much fast food was not good for us. 😏

We didn’t buy the latter excuse reason. We thought it was just their way of trying to deter us from the desire. Besides, we were just kids who didn’t care about healthy eating but only yummy eating. 😋😄

I remember looking forward to seeing what toys we got after the food was gone. Oh and of course eating my strawberry sundae if I was able to get one. We were pushing our limits asking for dessert too but my parents did give in on several occasions.

I remember saying to myself

When I grow up I will get to have as many cheeseburgers and fries as I want.

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Teeɴαɢe Yeαrѕ

Oh yea, it was on now!

My junior year in high school I got my first paying job at...can you guess where?

McDonalds

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It wasn’t just for the “yummy” food but because it was close to home, they were hiring kids my age often and it seemed like an easy enough job.

I worked there for two years, constantly eating the food on my breaks. I would even stop up there for a discounted (sometimes free) meal even off the clock.

It wasn’t like a vacation any more but it still felt like a dream that I could have the food I’ve always wanted more of anytime.

I probably had way too many shakes and apple pies for one person in a lifetime. I enjoyed it all! The experience of working, meeting new people, learning how to problem solve but most of all the grub.

After two years of working there I began to get over the hype. I started feeling sluggish all the time and just not myself any more. I was always a thin fit person with a very high metabolism but I am one to know that you can ‘look’ fit but be very unhealthy.

Eating fast food so often began affecting my athletic abilities. I was a cheerleader and ran track all throughout high school. I had to start making better choices if I was to continue with my sports (yes cheerleading is a sport so don’t try to convince me otherwise 🤨).

I started packing my own lunches from home and cut back on eating the food from work. It helped with getting myself back in order and focusing on staying fit for myself and my teammates.

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This photo is a perfect visual of how I now see fast food. It tastes and looks so fake to me.


Working at a fast food restaurant in my teenage years helped diminish the fantasy I once had. I thought being able to buy this type of food anytime I wanted was part of the fun of being an adult. I think the advertisements on television helped with that. It was a fad to eat out instead of at home.

Yes, it was fun being able to finally make my own decisions and have my own money but eating fast food wasn’t everything. I soon began to realize just how bad it really was for my health.

I remember doing research on the fries used at McDonalds and came across several experiments that had been done. People were keeping their burger and fries for 10+ years and showing how they never molded or rotted.

That’s right, 12 year old French fries looking exactly the same as if you brought them today. The only noticeable difference may be a fade in color.

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Then I read about the ingredients they use in their fries and how some of it is even labeled not good for ingestion. No wonder our bodies have a hard time digesting this stuff...not sure if it should be labeled as food. 🥴 If it can’t rot or mold then it’s not food.

Once I got married my husband and I together decided to start looking into healthier lifestyle habits from what we eat, clean with, cook with and the whole works. Before you know it we were known as the health gurus in my family, teaching them about essential oils and clean eating.

I will admit that there are still times we do grab a bite of fast food to eat. Not that it makes any difference but I refuse to go to McDonalds or Burger King. I prefer places like Chick-fil-A or Raising Canes where most of the time the food is hot and fresh and the customer service is great. I am very picky about where I eat and which foods go in my body nowadays.

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Back then I didn’t appreciate this but I am saying it now. I am thankful I had parents that cooked us healthy home cooked meals. I understand now why they only allowed the trips to McDonalds to be like a vacation, an occasional special treat.

It feels good to be following in my parent’s footsteps. My kids thank me all the time for cooking for them and I can see they do appreciate it.

However, kids will be kids and they, like I did, yearn for a special treat from time to time. Something different and that wasn’t cooked on my stovetop.

They enjoy opening up their happy meals and seeing what toy they have inside. It’s fun having something other than mama’s cooking.

Well, I am proud to say that our kids are so used to eating home cooked meals now that sometimes when we do eat out they make comments like

This tastes fake. Mom yours tastes better. I don’t want any more.

So although they still desire to have that fast food fix every now and again they seem to always appreciate what I serve from my kitchen. That makes me happy. ☺️

They are going through the phase I went through but only they are starting to figure out sooner then I did what really tastes better. They already know why we seldom go to those places. We teach them how unhealthy it is and about the long term effects it will have on them.

It’s also insane how much eating out costs today. To feed my family of seven we would have to spend around $50.00. 😳 So eating at home is both healthier and more cost-efficient.

We hope our kids follow in our footsteps and practice healthy eating habits with their own families. I know as they grow older they will have an even better understanding of why eating at home was our number one choice.

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It's the mix of addictive, chemically engineered flavors and the millions of dollars spent in marketing their products and the whole "experience" that led not only you, but I think most of us to see fast food as something so awesome and desirable, when in fact it's just the opposite.
Coming from a 3rd world country I can relate going to these chains as a treat or a "luxury", this is something most of children (and adults) still think of these places, same people that sometimes you can hear saying "healthy food is too expensive", which is not, when you cook and consciously select season vegetables and stick to buying ingredients rather than prepared stuff.
Luckily for me, homemade foods made up the 99% of my diet as a kid, and I didn't grow too fond of fast food other than the occasional "treat", but lots of people grow up without that kind of luck, and carry on with bad eating habits for the rest of their lives, with all the health related issues that comes with eating processed foods regularly.
Really glad you could make that change in your life and managed to make your children prefer your food instead of that crap! Not easy in these days !

I really love your feedback!

It's the mix of addictive, chemically engineered flavors and the millions of dollars spent in marketing their products and the whole "experience" that led not only you, but I think most of us to see fast food as something so awesome and desirable, when in fact it's just the opposite.

That right there can be a whole post in itself. This is exactly what it is and it gets people hooked. I know I was for a long time and I’m glad too I was able to make such a life change.

Fresh healthy ingredients are the way to go! I try to avoid prepared things and make everything from scratch.

It’s nice you were able to grow up with homemade food as well.

Thank you so much for your engagement ~

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I enjoyed reading your post from start to finish, I love getting to know people through your posts.

Besides laughing several times, with your comments or questions that you answer yourself, I learned something new today, I didn't know that junk food was so fake and plastic that it lasts forever 😳😲😯😮 Wuaoooo how horrible.

I don't like them and it has nothing to do with the taste, I don't like them because they are so small portions that apart from leaving me hungry I feel ripped off and cheated by their advertising.

So to avoid feeling bad, I just don't go. Thanks for your post, regards 😉 @Crosheille

Thank you so much for such lovely feedback. It means a lot knowing others enjoy reading my content and all the little laughs I try to add in between. 😁

Isn't it horrible? Can you imagine what it does inside our bodies? Makes sense why I often got tummy aches after eating that food. 😓

It’s a good thing you avoid it altogether.

Thanks again for reading and commenting ~

Yes, that kind of food definitely takes away life instead of giving.

Thanks to you, 🤗😘.

I remember doing research on the fries used at McDonalds and came across several experiments that had been done. People were keeping their burger and fries for 10+ years and showing how they never molded or rotted.

What can I say? 🤷‍♀!

I never really got into McDonald's but I did enjoy, when I first had my own money, going into Wimpy's and having a double egg and chips and, especially, an ice-cream soda. I thought it was the height of sophistication! Burger King, now and then, has kept me fed when it was late at night and I'd been working a long way from home and had nothing to eat all day. I'm worried now about them never rotting ... will they open me up and find them inside? 😂

I thought it was the height of sophistication!

I relate to this exactly!

🤣🤣🤣 Well at least you didn’t eat it everyday so they won’t find too many leftover fries in you! 😂

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You're welcome @crosheille, this is well deserved 😊🌹

That's probably the best part of the pandemic for me: I haven't had McDonald's since it started a year ago! I don't miss it.

I hear ya. A lot of folks are avoiding eating out during these unpredictable times.

I’m sure your body thanks you ;D

Thank you for commenting ~

Thank you for your story. It really was very interesting. I'm getting my child used to home-cooked food in the same way. Sometimes we make pizza together at home)))

Absolutely! I am glad you gave it a read, thank you :)

That's really nice! We love making homemade pizza too. Have fun!

Greetings @Crosheille I found your publication in a post from my friend @soyunasantacruz where she highlights the content, her work is very interesting. I have eaten junk food from time to time, they always attract us with their delicious smells and of course it becomes a fashion to eat in those places. Now it has become so expensive in Venezuela that I don't even visit them. I think I have read something about that characteristic of plastic food, thank goodness I no longer eat it then. Your contribution is excellent, your way of commenting and responding to yourself is very nice. Blessings.

@Crosheille saludos encontré tu publicación en un post de la amiga @soyunasantacruz donde resalta los contenido, muy interesante su trabajo. Yo si he comido de vez en cuando comida chatarra, siempre nos atraen con sus deliciosos olores y claro se vuelve una moda comer en esos lugares.
Ahora se ha vuelto tan costoso en Venezuela que ni los visito. Creo haber leído algo sobre esa característica de comida plástica, menos mal que ya no la como entonces.

Excelente tu aporte, muy simpática tu forma de comentar y responderte a ti mismo. Bendiciones

Greetings to you @sacra97!

they always attract us with their delicious smells and of course it becomes a fashion to eat in those places

Yes, you described it so well. It was so hard for me to resist the smell and look of it all back then. It’s a good thing you don’t visit them. We literally pay them for bad health (a temporary pleasure that wreaks havoc in our bodies).

Thank you so much for such a sweet compliment. It makes me happy that you enjoy my writing style. I greatly appreciate that :)

I know fast food is bad for me so I usually avoid it, but I sure do love it. Those dangerous chemicals taste soooooo good!

Lol! Eating bad tastes so good!

I'm glad to hear you usually avoid it ;)

Thanks for reading ~

Hahahaha they do.

Really enjoyed this post keep up the good work 🤝

Thank you! I really appreciate that :)

No problems my pleasure my friend 🤝

What a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing your experience with us :) :)

Thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed the read :)

I appreciate your support and lovely comment ~

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Some of these lines had me laughing hard, but I know that wasn't your intention with this post.

Going to McDonalds back then was like a vacation or a trip to a theme park.

I think we had similar childhoods.


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Haha I'm glad I could make you laugh! 😄

Most of the time it’s not my intention but I realize when I write things how I see/saw them or how I’m feeling at the moment they tend to come out comical lol.

So McDonalds was a vacay for you too?

Thanks so much for stopping by ~

Right, knowledge is everything