Tomorrow, 12/29, is the 5th anniversary since my last bite of “fast food.” Most people scoff and let it go when I say that, but to me, it’s a pretty big milestone. You have to understand that before my heart surgery (and even after to an extent) I was eating fast food, somewhere about the “3-a-day” mark and sometimes five-to-six days a week.
I believe the last thing that I had was a Big Mac, fries and a large Dr. Pepper. I hadn’t had any of that in a few weeks and even then, it was mostly double cheeseburgers from Mickey D’s. I hadn’t had a Big Mac in a long while and I remember thinking that it was pretty awful.
A few more weeks passed before I realized that I hadn’t had any fast food and I figured I’d just keep on keepin’ on. Well, the weeks became months and months are now years. Five of them.
The BCPF, of course, is quite happy about this. She didn’t like me having all that sodium and nitrate goodness and really it wasn’t good for me. It’s not good for anyone, really. I’m not opposed to others having it, I support the existence of the places and I do know that they’re making (perceived) changes to be “healthier” but I feel they will probably never meet a true standard in that realm. But, kudos to them for trying, right?
There are days that I miss it. Really, really miss it. But, I won’t break the streak. Now, I have to say that if we come across a White Castle in our travels, I will have some White Castle. Then, return to the streak. Not break it, but pause it. That’s the only caveat and with it being my streak, that’s the only cheat I’ll allow. I think that’s fair.
So, to McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Arby’s, Chick-fil-a, Taco Bell, Bojangles, KFC, and even Cook Out, even though they use only fresh beef and nothing frozen or with preservatives and all that, it’s been hard but I will continue on. I’d rather save my burger eating for Zesto, Cin Cin, Small Batch, Willows and other fantastic local establishments.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Fast food is popular because it’s convenient, it’s cheap, and it tastes good. But the real cost of eating fast food never appears on the menu.” – Eric Schlosser