Eat Real Food
|June 26, 2012||Posted by Carrie under attitude about food, fast food, FitFluential|
One day at the beginning of my healthy lifestyle journey change (I must come up with a name for that), I was thinking that I was craving some fast food. I planned it all out, I was going to McDonald’s with the kids and I was going to get a Happy Meal. A cheeseburger and fries was what I thought I wanted. With an unsweetened ice tea.
I planned my day and ate my normal meals. I don’t think I really ‘saved up’, but I ate my usual small meals of the day.
My McDonald’s Happy Meal (at the time, this was before they changed it) was 540 calories. 24g of fat (7 saturated), 62g carbs and 18g protein. (Data from McDonald’s website)
Fat is 9 calories per gram, Carbs are 4 calories and Protein is 4 calories. So, it was 40% fat, 46% carbs, 13% protein. The recommended macronutrient ranges for the average person per day are 45-65% carbs, 20-35% fat, 10-35% protein. Looking at the meal that way, it wasn’t really that terribly unhealthy.
At the time I thought it tasted good.
About an hour later, I was hungry again. I was disappointed that my 540 calorie meal did not fill me up.
The lesson that has sunk into my brain in the time since this event is that whole food is much more filling that the already processed junk that is marketed as ‘convenience foods’.
It took a while for this lesson to sink into me as I talked about in this post when I apologized to my family for some of the crappy ‘fake’ foods I had prepared. Read the post to learn one of my favorite descriptions of processed foods as ‘partially digested’ foods.
It’s so true. The more processing that has occurred to your food, the less work that your body has to do to digest the food. Meaning your body doesn’t expend any energy to use the energy of the food. It essentially goes right through you.
Eating real, unprocessed, whole foods is so much more satisfying than a cheap, processed junk meal or snack. It’s like those 100 calorie snack packs. It’s 100 calories of processed food. Your body doesn’t find any nourishment in the food, so it doesn’t do anything to satisfy your real hunger. What’s the point? Does it even taste good?