FAST FOOD, INTERNET PORN AND CREDIT CARDS A YOUNG MAN’S THREE PITFALLS: BLESSINGS INTO TEMPTATIONS

by admin on October 18, 2012

After I just got done explaining all of the great blessings fast food, the internet and credit cards have brought us, how could something so incredible turn out to be so bad? Let’s take them one by one, and dive a little deeper.

I think most people would agree that fast food shouldn’t be the staple of anyone’s diet, much less a growing boy, or for that point, even a mature man. We all know by now that the fast food our fathers grew up on are packed with some pretty harmful stuff ranging from high cholesterol to antibiotics, high sugar to high salt. I will agree that many fast food chains have been doing a better job on offering better options, but I rarely see young kids (much less grown men) ordering the salad at McDonalds.

Here is my point. I believe over the last 10-20 years we have made fast food, the poor choice, a norm. Add in the “super sizing” of these items, and now we have a serious problem. College students make this a regular meal several times a week, high school students over consume fast food on the weekend, and young parents feed even their younger kids this stuff on a regular basis. Are Chicken McNuggets really going to provide what a growing boy needs? Does a young boy really need a 20 oz. Coke?

I really don’t want to make this post about ripping on fast food chains. They are doing what they do best, selling more food. Plus, as I said before, many of them are making strides (although it may be small ones) to educate their customers on the nutritional value (or lack of) in their food. The problem is that because it is a norm for up and coming parents, few care. We are racing from school to sports practice to piano lessons and a quick stop through the drive thru is the most time efficient choice. Plus! The kids love the food (thanks to the massive teams of scientists who make the food soooo tasteful!).

Add up 5, 10, or even 20 years of this “normal” eating, and we are now seeing the horrific effects of fast food being a staple in so many young peoples’ diets. So what do we do? Should we give every fast food place the finger as we drive by them? No. Should we picket their drive thrus? No. Lets start with something a bit more rational, and practical.

Awareness.

Be aware of what you are eating. I kept a log once of my diet and was blown away on what I was eating, really without even knowing it. It hit me again once Stephanie and I started to keep more detailed budgeting, being aware of where we were eating, and how much we were eating out. One simple step we took was replacing what was once a regular “eat out” meal on the weekends with a “cook at home” meal. To tell you the truth, I really didn’t miss going out for that one meal. We didn’t have to get the kids ready, didn’t have to pack in the car, and didn’t have to fight the cold weather we get to “enjoy” six months out of the year here in the upper midwest.

My point is that being aware can help you make simple changes that can lead to simple actions. We’re not asking you to reconfigure your kitchen, or cook up a masterpiece like Emerl. We are saying do simple stuff. Here is another example. On many nights my martial arts classes don’t get done until 9pm. On the way home I’m craving a milkshake and would practically kill for pizza. Instead, I pack a piece of fruit to eat in the car on the way home. By the time I drive past Baskin Robbins or would have waited for the parlor to make me a pizza, I’m done with my fruit and full enough to dodge it. Once again, I was aware of when I was eating out, and simply replaced it with something more healthy so I’d decrease my stops in the drive thrus. You can do the same.

A great resource in finding out the consequences of regular fast food is the the movie “Supersize Me”. I believe you can watch it free on Hulu, but it is an entertaining way to see the fast food industry and the truth about their product. Watching the movie alone will give you a crash course education on what has become a staple in American diets, and why it shouldn’t be.

I’ll talk next week about the “p” word.

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