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Any fast food addicts here?

A few months ago I ate fast food as often as twice a day or atleast 5 times a week. If anyone out there was like me and loves mcdonalds I would watch that movie, "Super Size Me" you'll be amazed and grossed out. Also did you know fast food can put cow eye balls, brains and anything else into a hamburger as long as it comes from the cow b/c it's considered 100% beef! Did you know at Long John Silvers 20 pounds of pure fat is put into each of the fryers everyday? Then every last bit of food they have is immersed in it for a period of time. Good things to consider next time you dont feel like cooking dinner!

Tue. Nov 1, 10:53pm

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Fast food

what do you do then when you are a full time student and then work parttime? I have home work when I get home and laundry and all the other household chores that come with living and being married. So the cooking falls to my husband, though the sad thing is what do you do when you are so busy you cannot even fit in time to go to the grocery store. we eat out more than five times a week. I think we would starve otherwise. what should we do??

Wednesday, November 02, 2005, 9:09 AM

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I find it hard to believe that you are so busy that you can't take 20 - 30 min to make something fast. How about a roasted chicken from the supermarket, most cost around $6, a lot less then a fast food meal. A can of veggies, even steamed veggies take less then 10 min. When I worked 2 jobs and went to school I relied on my crockpot most of the time. Pasta, a can of sauce, meat, you got dinner that only took you 5 min to put in. Crock pots are great if your busy, most stuff you just throw in and plug it in and go. It only takes 10-20 min to make most things, you should respect your body enough to feed it good healthy food. To the first poster, you should read Fast Food Nation, if you liked Super Size Me you'll love this.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005, 10:31 AM

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increasingly grossed out by fast food

I used to like to get a mcdonald's or burger king burger every now and then... but I'm increasingly just grossed out by eating their meat. And I've gotten to used to eating smaller meals that the calorie bomb of, say, a Quarter Pounder with a coke and fries, justs knocks me out -- actually makes me feel sick.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005, 10:49 AM

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I eat out a lot too - but, before I go somewhere, I check online to find out the calorie contents of their meals. Even if you have to go to McDonald's, you can get an incredibly healthy meal - get a grilled chicken sandwich, skip the bun, and apple dippers on the side. You've got a lean protein and fruit. At Subway, get a salad, or a veggie or turkey sandwich on whole wheat with vinegar instead of mayo. At Pizza Hut, get thin-crust pizza and eat one slice with a side salad.

For quick meals at home, keep low carb wheat bread in the freezer, pull out two slices and toast them and make a sandwich with a can of tuna or chicken, or some deli turkey. Buy a bag of frozen stew veggies and a pack of stew meat and a can of tomato sauce, throw all of them in a crockpot in the AM - takes less than 5 minutes - and put the crock pot on low, and leave for the day. When you get home, beef stew is waiting for you!

For lunches out, most peoples' soups aren't so bad, especially if they're not cream-based. Pair a cup of soup with a side salad with some lean protein or a hardboiled egg or something like that.

You really don't need to eat fast food burgers in order to eat cheaply and quickly!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005, 11:15 AM

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RE: Fast Food

My boyfriend and I were recently in the same situation as you and your husband. We live together and were both in school, me working part-time, him working full-time nights.

Our solution to the problem of constantly eating out was to set Sunday morning as our shopping and cooking morning. We tried to do all of our shopping and cooking for the week on that morning before he went to work (at 3pm). The thing about eating out is that in addition to being "expensive" in calories, it was getting just plain expensive.

It wasn't 100%. We still found ourselves grabbing food on the way to class or work, but not nearly as often as we did before. I graduated this spring, so now I am working full time while he is still in school and working 32hrs/week. That leaves a little more time for me to cook during the week, but for the most part we've stuck with our Sunday shopping & cooking. It's just more convenient, and we're in the routine anyway.

Maybe something similar will work for you & your husband too.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005, 11:36 AM

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I agree with the poster above who suggested looking up healthy choices at the various restaurants you frequent. I use take-out or eat out 5-7 times a week and I am able to stick to a pretty strict diet. I like to use (link below) for restaurant nutrition information, or there are fast food diet books if you would like something you can take with you.


Wednesday, November 02, 2005, 1:48 PM

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I am a full time student and work full time at Long John silvers. I know how it is to find time to cook but I think you made it a habbit of eating fast food and that is not a good thing. You will become obese quicker than anything! Not to mention all the nutrients you're deoriving your body of and the ateries you're clogging. Your body is the only thing you have and if I was you I would make time to eat healthy because in the long run it wll pay off.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005, 10:49 PM

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You say you're busy with things like laundry in your free time - the time that a load of laundry is in the washer or the dryer is more than enough time to make a good meal! Make something big once a week - veggie lasagna (eggplant or zucchini instead of noodles, or at least some of the noodles), a stew or thick soup, pasta w/ whole wheat noodles, some sort of chicken dish, etc., and put it into serving-sized tupperware containers and freeze them - then just pull one out each night and microwave! Or, leave the first 2-3 days in the fridge and freeze the rest, then pull 2 more out after 2 days and put in the fridge to thaw, etc... Buy a bag of salad at the beginning of the week, and have that on the side every night, with some light dressing on the side. Or, for when you're really short on time, stock up on Lean Cuisines or Healthy Choice frozen meals when they're on sale - most have a veggie and a protein at least, and when they're on sale, they're like $2 or less! And a whole meal is less calories than one McDonald's plain cheeseburger! Have some salad or an apple or some yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese on the side, and it'll be a healthy and filling meal.

Thursday, November 03, 2005, 9:00 AM

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I know people look at the fact that we have no time to make anything as just silly. But one poster said put something in the crockpot. when? I really do leave the house at 7:00am every day and usually do not come back utill after 6pm. What about those tv meals like healthy choice are they any better that eating out??

Thursday, November 03, 2005, 10:58 AM

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You can put things in the crockpot at 7am, and leave them cook until 6pm, that's how crock pots work. Really, they're awesome!! Or throw everything in the crock pot the night before (even frozen stuff), if you have a crock pot w/ a removable glass bowl inside, and then just put that glass bowl in the fridge overnight; just pull it out, put it in the crock pot, and turn on the crock pot before you leave! Otherwise, just throw everything in a big bowl in the fridge the night before, and just pour the bowl into the crock pot in the AM. Pretty much all crock pot meals are supposed to be in there for 8-12 hours, and none will be hurt by cooking for longer...

Thursday, November 03, 2005, 11:27 AM

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