How to Avoid Fast Food

How to Avoid Fast Food:

Yes, I’ve eaten fast food, nearly everyone has these days.  Ok, so maybe not those people who grow their own tomatoes and corn and live on farms, and those people who live off the grid.  However, most normal people living in the 21st century eat the stuff on a regular basis. But, since it’s a new year, you may have a New Year’s resolution to be healthier.

My one solution to avoiding fast food:

JUST SAY NO. 

It’s easier said than done, I know- but establish a grocery list, plan a few simple meals to eat each week that are healthier than fast food, and not only will you most likely lose weight, you will save a lot of money.  Would you rather spend your $5.99 on one Deluxe burger, or for the same price get a 2 pound bag of brown rice which could last you a month, and some fresh produce, and lean meat? It’s actually pretty simple once you tell yourself you just “can’t” do something, and you make yourself make another choice.  Life is all about choices. You can choose to be a person who says no to fast food.

Fast food is there for a reason. People are hungry, people don’t want to cook, people are downright lazy. Not to mention that fast food is pretty cheap and readily available.  Now you may think that by “fast food” I only mean the really unhealthy places like Burger King, Taco Bell, McDonalds, or Dairy Queen.  But no, I actually mean all fast prepared food places.  This includes Qdoba, Subway, Panda Express, Baja Fresh, and a lot of those other “conveniency” places.

I would advise you to try something new this year.  Try for one week to make all of your own food.  This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.  No eating out for one week.  You’d be amazed that you can actually survive a life without fast food. Once you learn to make a few simple and healthy meals, you will be on the track to not being a fast foodie, but being a real foodie.  You will learn to incorporate new and delicious flavors into your meals, and in turn you will start to enjoy your life more. Once you get into the habit of making your own food, you become a “creator” in the world instead of a “consumer”.  You become in charge of your own destiny, and what you create you can take full responsibility for being a part of.  Making my own meals and treats is one of the best things about my day! I look forward to cooking and learning new things. Being in charge of the food you create gives you a sense of independence, autonomy, and not having to be part of the “which place am I going to go for lunch” crowd.  You can bring your own lunch, and you can make it however you want! Maybe it might sound funny to some, but this can be an exciting new experience if you have always depended on other people or restaurants for your food.

And if you are reading this and thinking “oh, she thinks she’s better than me because she doesn’t go to McDonald’s”, well that’s not it at all. I still go to McDonald’s occasionally sure! But I don’t make it a habit to go there, because I know that once I start making that a habit I’ll be doing less of other things I enjoy like cooking and baking my own creations!

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