Fast food nutrition facts - How to avoid fast food
The Fast Food Attitude: why people still eat "bad"
fast food... and how to stop it
"How you could you eat that crap? It's so bad for you!"
"Don't you know those fries will give you
a heart attack?" (nag, nag).
"You have to stop eating all that junk food, it's going
to make you fat!" (nag nag)
"If you keep eating fast food, then all your workouts
will be for nothing!" (nag, nag).
Your friends nag you, your family nags you, your doctor
nags you, and of course, your personal trainer nags the
heck out of you, to stop eating all those BAD FAST FOODS.
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But does all that nagging you and bad-mouthing the fast
food industry really help?
Doesn't look that way. The fast food industry is thriving,
even in the bad economy. The Chicago Tribune recently said
that McDonalds is "recession proof."
As one of only two companies to turn a major profit over the
last year (the other being Wal Mart), McDonald's is laughing
its way to the bank. In fact, McDonalds plans to open 1,000
new stores this year.
I was driving down Route 95 a few weeks ago and pulled
over to use the rest room at Mcdonalds on a Saturday
morning (there's a McDonalds conveniently located
immediately off almost every exit up and down the full
length of Interstate 95.
The parking lot was full, it was standing-room only
inside and the lines snaked around into the seating area!
You'd think Brad and Angelina were there signing
autographs or something. Nope, just a regular weekend
I was shopping in Wal Mart the same week and I almost
passed out when I saw (smelled, actually) a Mcdonalds...
INSIDE THE WAL MART! Also, with lines.
Yep. It looks like your friends and family's nagging you,
and all the messages of the health and fitness industry
to get people eating less fast food are not working!
So what does work?
The results of a new survey from the behavior and
psychology section of the journal, OBESITY (Feb 2009)
provide some answers:
Researchers at the University of Minnesota School
of Public health surveyed 530 adults about their
attitudes towards fast foods.
They found that people already know fast food is unhealthy.
(umm, no kidding!)
The primary reasons they eat it anyway are because of
the perceived convenience and a dislike for cooking!
(I'd add another: they think fast food is always
cheaper than healthy food).
So, said the authors of this research paper, scolding
people and warning them that "fast food is going to make
us fat and kill us" is the wrong approach.
The right approach?
Focus on teaching more people how to make healthy eating
fast, convenient and easy, because those are the reasons
people are choosing fast food in the first place.
So what's holding us back from implementing or taking
Well, I think that most people can't get over the ideas
that they "just cant cook" or that cooking is "too time
consuming" or that healthy food "tastes like dirt" (as if
Mcdonalds is gourmet food!)
That said, I'm not going to nag you, scold you or
try to scare you out of eating fast food. Nor am I
going to bad-mouth the fast food restaurants.
I'm going to lead the new charge by showing you just how
easy and convenient it is to eat healthy and nutritious
food and make it delicous.
Here's a few meal ideas (for starters) to prove
3-MINUTE APPLE CINNAMON OATMEAL
* natural oatmeal (like Quaker old fashioned rolled oats)
* natural (unsweetened) applesauce
* for protein, serve with scrambled eggs or egg whites on side
or stir 1-2 scoops of vanilla protein powder into the oats
I eat this almost every morning. It's faster, easier and
cheaper than going to the donut place or getting sausage,
cheese, bacon breakfast muffins at the fast food joint!
(you don't have to wait in line, either!)
10-MINUTE LAZY PERSON'S CHINESE STIR FRY
* Brown rice (I like basmati)
* frozen oriental vegetables
* chicken breast, grilled (try foreman grill)
* bragg's "liquid aminos" (or light/lo-sodium soy sauce)
This takes 30 minutes, however, if you get
a rice cooker and make a giant batch, you can
have your rice on standby for instant eats and
this will take less than 10 minutes.
Doesn't get any easier than that. (I like
those chinese veggies that come with the little
mini-corn-on-the-cobs... reminds me of that
Tom Hanks Movie, BIG)
2-MINUTE BLACK BEANS AND SPICY SALSA
* black beans (15 oz can)
* Medium or hot salsa
* 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
* 2 gloves garlic or chopped garlic to taste
* salt and pepper to taste
This one takes you all of 2 minutes to make.
No cooking required! And it's good! It's vegetarian
as listed above, but if you're a high-protein
muscle-head like me, just add chicken breast or
lean ground turkey.
Best part: this is all inexpensive food!
Oats, rice, beans... doesn't get much cheaper
than that - buy your healthy staples in bulk
and the cost per serving is probably less
than mickey D's! (yes, even the "Value" meals)
I'll share some more recipes in future newsletters,
and will compile my recipe project into a book or
ebook later this year. Plus I'm already publishing
all my recipes for my inner circle members one by
one as I create them.
Every one of these recipes is compatible with
my Burn The Fat program.
This means that my way of eating makes you more
muscular and leaner... so you can look hot wearing
very little clothes this summer... and be healthier...
and save money too.
Train Hard, Eat Right, and Expect Success!
Burn The Fat program.
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