Believe it or not, there was a time in my life when I regularly ate fast food. A Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger with a side meat chili was my all-time favorite. It wasn’t uncommon for me to throw in a side of fries and a Frosty, too.
(I just threw up a little).
In fact, at 15 years of age, my first job was at McDonald’s! Now, as a (nearly) vegetarian, it’s interesting to look back and see how after working there for a few months, I suddenly stopped eating meat and my break-time usual became a seemingly healthy veggie sandwich; a bun with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and cheese. But of course, none of McDonald’s ingredients are healthy (not even their pesticide-riddled produce) and on top of that, I’m sure the amount of coke and fries I ate made up for it!
But like most people, I believed the mantra of everything in moderation and didn’t realize what this toxic and poisonous man-made (and factory-farmed) “food” was doing to my body. Now I realize that saying you eat fast food “in moderation” is like saying you smoke crack in moderation. Or you jump off tall buildings in moderation. How dumb of me! The truth is, every time we eat this sad excuse for food, we are risking our lives. That Big Mac is like a Russian Roulette of cancer. Are you feelin’ lucky?
Thankfully, I’m passed the point of depending on luck. Ridding my diet of processed foods not only slashed my waist size, it dramatically increased my health and well-being. I’m full of energy, have fewer mood swings, get sick less often, build muscle easily, and sleep well…just to name a few benefits!
Recognizing this lie of moderation has really forced me to stop and take a hard look at some of the other “moderation” lies I tell myself. Like alcohol…in moderation. And sugar…in moderation. The beauty of believing that everything in moderation is okay, is that you get to be perfectly complacent about what you choose to eat and drink. It’s the catch-all excuse for consuming crap food that you know is bad for you but don’t really want to give up! I get this! Although the decision to not eat fast food is now second nature, the decision to give up my beloved sugar is a whole other story! But a story that needs to be told.