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Today, my fellow Hot and Healthy mama's, ladies, women, girls, (men?)...we are gonna talk about something that makes me...well...it makes me...how do I say this?
Um...it makes uneasy. A little uncomfortable.
And, well...it sorta makes me want to drink some dishsoap to emulsify the fat that is sure to be coursing through my vessels. (Note to you: I am not recommending that you drink dish soap...)
Okay, so I'll admit...
We eat fast food way more than we should.
Probably, once a week, I find myself in the Mickey D's drive thru (and for ease, I'm gonna talk McDonald's...sorry McDonald's...I hope you'll forgive me!) ordering the standard: two 6 piece Mighty Kids meals with Coke, one 4 piece Happy Meal, and one adult sized (gosh, I don't even want to admit this...) #12.
With an Iced Coffee. (Kudos to you who know what #12 is...wait...maybe it's not the same in every state!??! And double wait!! Not kudos to you! 'Cuz that means you eat there a lot too!!)
I had it just yesterday.
I have lived my life, blissfully unaware of the nutrition information McDonald's makes available to me.
I have ignorantly avoided it.
Purposefully pretended I didn't know where to find it.
See what I do for you?!! Sacrificing my ignorance?
And I'm going to warn you...
Go get some Kleenex.
I've just now pulled myself together after reading the nutrition information 6 hours ago. Well...okay. I lied.
It was only 6 minutes.
I feed my oldest children (the "6 piecers") a whopping 660 calories and 28 grams of fat, with that one little meal!! My little guy (the "4 piecer") consumes 540 calories and 23 grams of fat.
And...and!! Where's the nutrition?!!! I mean, gosh...if I fed them a bowl of broccoli with that much fat and that many calories, at least they'd be getting some vitamins from it!!!
Okay, so...um...that's a lot of fat.
A 10 piece McNugget Meal (ahem...a #12) packs an astounding 56 grams of fat and 930 calories.
Um...hello 170minutesofcardio!!! I need to get my behind moving and shakin' (and jigglin' and wigglin'!!)!
Think a salad is always the better way to go?
Not always! Some of the salads give you 20 grams of fat...and that is minus the dressing!! Hope you aren't a Caesar salad lover...'cuz Mickey D's Caesar dressing will give you an extra 18 grams of fat!
Excuse me, please...while I go
Allright, I'm back now.
But...it doesn't have to be all bad!!
I know how it goes...sometimes you are just out and about and dagnabit, you've gotta grab something quick!
So, make that drive thru trip, but be smart about it!
Once again...back to "moderation" and eating smart!
Instead of the medium fries, opt for small. Rather than the 10 piece Chicken Nuggets, opt for 4 or 6.
Better yet...grab a salad! Yes, indeed, they are definitely more fattening that I would have imagined, but heck...compared to my usual meal...it's a big difference in fat grams!
There is a book titled "Eat This, Not That", that I've heard is a fantastic source of alternative "better" foods for you, and the reasoning behind it (no compensation here, dudes! Just an honest to goodness word of mouth recommendation!)!
It's definitely worth checking out!
So, my friends...I challenge you...cut down on your fast food eating (or eating out, period!!). It will be a challenge for me as well!
I'll provide some links to popular fast food chain's nutrition information. For your information!! Good luck!
Arby's Not a site, but a downloadable pdf format spreadsheet.
KFC Again, just a downloadable pdf spreadsheet
Sonic pdf spreadsheet
Aside by me...I found it very interesting, in finding these links...that some (McDonald's) make the nutrition info very easy to find, while others (Wendy's, the pdf formats) make it a bit more time consuming...a distraction, perhaps?!!
Anywho...here's to smart, healthy(ier) eating out!!