The Fast Food Breakup
My fast food addiction began when I got married. I married a man who had always had a fast food addiction, but prior to getting married I almost never ate at fast food places. Once I got married, however, my mother was no longer cooking for me, and his habits quickly became my habits. Eating […]
My fast food addiction began when I got married. I married a man who had always had a fast food addiction, but prior to getting married I almost never ate at fast food places. Once I got married, however, my mother was no longer cooking for me, and his habits quickly became my habits. Eating fast food was a daily thing. It didn't only happen when I was already out and needed something to eat. Daily, we would get dressed and leave the house to go to grab a chicken sandwich. The Breaking Point I went to the doctor for my yearly exam, and he informed me that I was over 230lbs, a gain of 70lbs since my army days, and on the cusp of developing diabetes. In addition, my liver function was not great. Around the same time, I realized I had no spare money at all. Clearly, the fast food needed to go, and I needed to replace it with healthy foods that would help me lose weight. My Method The first thing I did was to limit myself. I didn't outlaw fast food all together, but rather said, "I will not get dressed to get fast food." If I was out and about and it was a mealtime, I could have fast food. Otherwise, I had to find something in my house, or drive to a grocery store. My next step was to budget. I had $10 a week to eat at fast food places. I could, technically, eat off a dollar menu ten times in a week, but let's face it, the best part of eating fast food is the fries that go with it, and those are not typically on the dollar menu. I continued eating out, but usually only once a week because that was all I had the budget to do. Step three was to realize that I could eat a chicken sandwich and frozen fries at home, and I would know that the chicken hadn't been deep fried in fat. Even the fries were likely less unhealthy than those at the fast food places. I could still eat the foods I was used to eating; I just had to take the time to make them. Finally, I decided that if I was already taking the time to make food, I might as well make different foods, and find something healthy that I liked to eat. This took a bit of research, but my sister introduced me to the Hungry Girl cookbooks, which I have enjoyed.

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