Fast food is something that for many is a staple in their lives. Whether it be for lunch or coffee in the morning, if you are someone who relies on it, it’s difficult to stop eating and drinking it. It’s fast and easy, great right? The health concerns continue to grow with fast food.
The moment that you decide to stop consuming fast food items, you are bettering your health and your life.
This isn’t saying that you should never eat fast food again, we all do it, and it’s not a sin. But the everyday burgers, sodas and coffees need to come to a halt.
Have you ever wondered why fast food tastes so good? Have you ever looked at how many calories you are eating? Grams of sugar? Fat content? Eating fast food has been proven to clog arteries, shorten life spans, it’s been linked to cancer causing agents (as have many other things) and aids in the development of difficult diseases to beat. There are next to no benefits of eating fast food other than that it’s fast.
So why does it taste so good? It’s chalked full of sugar and chemicals of course! Take a look at the ingredients in your fast food favorites. Of course those chicken nuggets and cheeseburgers taste good, the meat is fake and processed with no nutritional value and the breads and condiments are full of sugar. In fact, it’s basically all sugar, and not the good sugars either! (Is there even any real chicken in that chicken?)
Let’s talk about fat. Everyone needs to eat fat, it’s not bad to eat a steak with fat, and even bacon fat is beneficial to the body in the right portions. But those double cheeseburgers? The grease that’s on there is bad fat, it won’t help your body. What it will do though is get processed and turn into clogged arteries which will cause heart disease and heart attacks. Is your daily lunch worth dying of heart disease? Didn’t think so.
Alright, so enough of the why you shouldn’ts, let’s take a look at how you cans.
How can you stop eating fast food?
The answer is by small limitations. Don’t quit cold turkey, you’ll just get angry and go right back unless you have the will power of a stubborn elephant. Start by replacing one or two fast food meals out of the week to homemade meals. A ham and cheese sandwich is better than that cheeseburger. If you are a soda drinker, try replacing a few a week to water. It’s going to be a tough road, but you’ve got this! Find healthier replacement for the meals you would otherwise eat out for. Continue to replace more and more until you no longer are eating out.
A great way to realize what you’re doing is to figure out how much you’re spending. If you spend $8 a day on lunch(any lunch for that matter), and work 5 days a week, that’s $40 a week, times 52 weeks, that’s $2,080 a year on lunch. Can you imagine how much food you could get at the grocery store, that’s MUCH healthier, for that amount of money? Try quitting Fast Food and putting that money in the bank each week. Save up for something nice that you’ve been wanting for a while, and reward yourself for quitting by buying it with that money.
What are you waiting for? Start living a happier and healthier life right now!