Fast food addiction is something that plagues most of us and it is a controversial subject among many. Some health experts believe that the salts and fats in fast foods give us the same chemical pleasures in the brain as heroin. Still others think that eating fast food is not an addiction and that if we over eat – it is our own psychological problem. Either way, you probably know just like me that craving fast food can feel exactly like an addiction.
Recently, in order to avoid overeating fast foods, I began writing down every Nickel I spent on it for one month. I was surprised that at the end of the month it was $180. I began to think about this and decided I would give up fast foods for a month or two and spend that $180 in the grocery store on foods which were healthier and good for me. I am not much of a cook but I starting preparing meals at home (pasta, lean meats, fish, veggies, steam, broiling, baking, etc.) with mostly lemon, lime, salt and pepper to season and a bit of olive oil.
This was a huge win for me. After a few weeks, I began to feel less sluggish and tired and had more energy. I thought that I even looked better and some friends and family told me the same thing. Since I had cut out the fats, I even stopped imagining that I was contracting heart disease. Now when I think of stopping at McDonald, Burger King or someplace like that I imagine eating ‘rat poison’ and just keep driving. Today, I am thinking of joining a gym and taking this ‘health thing’ to a whole fast new level.