Fast Food Addiction?

I admit, I have never been one to frequent any fast food chain for a meal. In fact, the last fast food meal I can remember eating was when I was in High School. I ate a hamburger, fries and shake while sitting in the establishment. I remember not eating for the rest of the day, I was so full!

I didn’t acquire the habit of eschewing fast food restaurants because I had a pristine diet; it was a matter of money for me. However, I am glad that it happened the way it did, because I don’t have the addiction to fast food today. And yes, I call it an addiction. Let me explain why I think it is so.

Have you seen the movie, “Super Size Me”? Or have you read the book, Chew On This? These are two sources that peaked my interest earlier in my life, and they led me to look for answers in other places as well.

I have learned that there are so many additives in the ingredients of fast food. What is an additive, anyway? An additive is any salt,  preservative (BHA, BHT), nitrate, nitrite, artificial color, artificial scent, artificial flavor, filler and emulsifier – the list could go on. And they seem to be getting longer and longer, too! Most of us probably know nothing about any of them, so we tend not to think about them. But that doesn’t change the impact those additives have on our bodies. If I were to guess, I would say that they are either unhealthy or nutritionally unnecessary – at best – and, at worst, harmful to our body and our health.

That’s the physical part. But the physiological part is that some of these man made ingredients can cause an addictive reaction in the consumer’s body, causing them to crave more.

Let me ask you a question. Do you think these fast food companies intentionally put these things in the food so that you will buy more and more of their food? Don’t put this past them! They are out to sell and make a profit, and your health has nothing to do with it.

You don’t have to be a chemist to know that these things can have a negative impact on your body. And if you decide that you don’t want to contribute to the profits of these establishments and contribute to your ill-health, it may be hard to completely eliminate the habit at first. Suffice it to say, the less you eat processed foods, the healthier you will be.

Here’s something to try for a month. Let’s say you eat fast food 5 times a week, Monday – Friday. What if you were to cut it back to M/W/F? On T/Th, you could brown bag it and stay in the office,  or you could get a smoothie. If you did this, you would cut back this unhealthy habit by 40%!  Now that’s a change that would get results! Then, after that, if you liked how your body responded to this new habit, you could just make Fridays the fast food day. Wow! I would love to hear feedback on this experiment, so let me know your thoughts. Good luck!