About a month ago I was performing an experiment on myself by not eating fast food AT ALL for two weeks.
Fast food is simply a way of life, especially if you’re in a hurry. If I am not motivated to get out of bed at a certain time to pack a lunch or even have breakfast I go for the fast food.
The breakfast issue I will touch on in a later post. That’s its OWN issue.
Anyway. I work swing, which means 2:30PM to 11PM. I also live an hour away from my job. A typical night is me getting home at midnight, staying up until at least 3AM, then trying to get motivated to get out of bed before 1030. If I am awake early I plop myself in front of my computer and I read my blogs and email and everything else. I have to be in the shower by 1230, and sometimes I don’t make it. I have to be out of the house by 1:15.
I won’t lie, most mornings I am no so organized and I leave the house without consuming anything but coffee. So! I hit the Starbucks as I head out of town for a beverage, the next town over I hit Burger King for two Whopper Jr’s without condiments or tomato OR Subway for a full size Cold Cut Combo.
I did this regularly.
Went to my nurse practitioner and my blood pressure was off the charts. My medication was upped.
Eat Fresh at Subway…it works if you don’t concern yourself with the sodium content. I found out that the Cold Cut Combo has nearly 1300 mgs of sodium in it. So I quit eating them. Quit eating fast food all together. Went back to the NP and my blood pressure dropped like a ton of bricks. Hint taken.
So I now go out of my way to NOT eat anything processed. No fast food at all, even scaling WAY BACK on the frozen dinners, even the so-called “healthy” ones.
Here’s my reason for no longer eating processed food: two weeks ago at work I had a complete meltdown. The workload was too much, the stress was overwhelming and I couldn’t stop crying. My gut (IBS) was AGONY and I was miserable and stressed out and I couldn’t take it anymore. I excused myself and went home early, to the tune of almost four hours. After driving home for an hour I felt a bit better, my friend (whom I live with) saved dinner for me. I filled up my plate with salad, fresh broccoli and half a chicken breast and ate. With my dinner I had a cup of lovely Summer Sunset tea from http://www.owensacres.com.
The change was immediate and in my mind, miraculous. I felt so much better. It was the last day of my work week and it had been a crazy week with an abundance of stress, not eating right, not sleeping right and constantly being on the move. That homemade meal made such a difference in how I felt I vowed right then and there that processed foods do nothing but throw us off track by overloading us with chemicals.
It was a wake-up call on a grand scale. It’s too bad I am so freaking hard-headed it took me to bolting out of work to realize what the issue was.
I highly suggest you try it. Quit eating processed foods for a week, and see how you feel. Really feel. Our bodies weren’t built to tolerate such an influx of chemicals. No wonder American’s are so unhealthy and overweight and in poor health: we’re poisoning ourselves.