Let me start by saying, we ate Fast Food yesterday. And oh my lord, it was awful! It reminds me why we avoid it. Ironic that Daddy and Goalie Boy had Micky D's on the way back from Poconos and Little Bee and I had Burger King here. Mistakes on both our parts.
Little Bee and I went to BK because she had received a birthday certificate from school for a free kids hamburger meal. Neither of us like BK but it she really wanted to go. It was the perfect opportunity on our girls day. The guys were hungry and wanted to catch a quick meal they could eat on the drive home. Totally acceptable and understandable.
We've always limited eating it for health and cost reasons. Let's be reasonable....it's full of fat, salt and preservatives. It's extremely unhealthy. Also, if you can make the time to cook a meal for your family you can spend the same amount of money (if not less) and eat better quality food.
A few years ago we ate it more often. Not by choice per say but because my husband worked in the industry and we (him and I) were constantly on the go. He would get his meals for free. He avoided eating it as much as possible but it's hard when you're managing a restaurant and working there 12 hours a day. I was working similar hours so it wasn't unheard of to pick up a quick bite going to work on the late shift or coming home from it. Still, we tried to make the best choices since he worked there and I didn't have the time or money to sit down and eat better on the job. We rarely took our kids out because we did not want them eating this type of food constantly.
We have taken the time to explain the pitfalls of eating at fast food places. We have also talked about weighing menu options and making the best choices. We have a rule...if we eat out at one of these places they are not to order two fried items. Example...no chicken nuggets and french fries. If they want fries then they need to choose a hamburger. After watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution show my kids won't eat chicken nuggets anyways. That made a good impression on them which I hope stays seared into their brains.
I can tell you this, when my son gets his birthday certificate to Burger King I will be tossing it and offering him a different choice. We rarely eat out as it is because it's too expensive. I will be doing it this once because I can't go there again.
Usually, on the rare excursion into Fast Food Land I will order a salad. I really like McDonald's Southwest Grilled Chicken salad and Wendy's Apple Pecan Salad. They are fresh and tasty. We never go to Burger King and I was not impressed with their salad choices. To top it off, I really had to look for that part of the menu. It was hidden over to the far left and buried in the middle of other things. I got a grilled chicken sandwich and splurged with onion rings. I should have skipped the whole thing. It was disgusting. And I knew it was going to be. Why did I do that? Geesh! The bun was dry. The chicken looked over grilled and was like shoe leather. The onion rings looked undercooked. They weren't a nice golden color. Just kind of pale and gross looking. I was starving, so I ate it. Never again.
Swearing off fast food for a long time! I'd say forever, but we no that's not realistic at times. I hope it's forever though.
Unfortunately, whenever we eat fast food lately it has its consequences. And boy did we pay.
By the way...my daughter is the only one who had no stomach issues. I'm so grateful. She didn't eat everything. About half a burger and not even half the fries. She loves fries, so I know those had to be gross too. I'm so glad that I make my own baked fries and the kids love them. So much healthier and the kids don't crave the junk.