February 13, 2013

So long, fast food

As human beings, we are plagued by our desire to eat for pleasure, rather than just to nourish our bodies. Just because something is toxic doesn't mean it's not tasty. After pondering my dietary habits, I've come to the obvious conclusion that fast food really does have the ability to kill me in a hurried, greasy way. And when it's time for me to go, I don't want my death to be associated with grease—which is why I am neither Ronald McDonald nor John Travolta.

I don't want any traffic jams in my arteries, and it is for that reason that I've decided to stop frequenting fast food restaurants indefinitely.

There aren't many things in life that you can give up permanently. I'm not sure if fast food fits into that category for me or not, but I'm going to cut it out of my diet altogether to allow myself to create the habit of eating better. Maybe someday fast food may become "real food," but that's doubtful from where I'm sitting. For now, removing it from my life entirely seems to be the best option.

My decision to stop eating fast food consists of three main aspects:

  • Health: First and foremost, I want to stay healthy. Fast food is almost never "real food." It is industrially produced using steroids and genetic manipulation to make animals grow unnaturally fast and to unnaturally large sizes, antibiotics and pasteurization to make up for the lack of sanitary conditions, and nearly every unsavory part of the animal is used, all for a single purpose: to keep prices low. Fast food is not designed for good health—it is designed to make money for corporations.
  • Money: I don't care what anyone says—fast food is not the cheapest way to eat. If you want cheap food, make some time in your schedule to cook. And when you cook, make enough food for leftovers for lunch the next day. Think about it: if you buy a $7 fast food meal three times a week, that adds up to $1,092 a year, and nearly $11,000 in a decade. That's a lot of money to pay for a heart attack.
  • Ethics: How you spend your money affects a lot of other people. Somewhere, someone is spraying toxic chemicals that we would be very afraid of all over that Whopper's lettuce to kill some things and make other things grow faster. Every year the fast food industry produces millions of tons of waste worldwide. I don't want to contribute to that. Not to mention the animals' harsh living conditions.
This decision, for me, is completely personal. I'm not imposing this rule on my friends or family—I'm doing what is right for me, and only me. I've decided that eating poorly, and fast food in particular, would hinder what I want out of life. I want to live a long, healthy life, and my diet is not supporting that desire.

I've educated myself, come to some personal conclusions, and decided to make serious changes. I picture myself living happily and healthily for a long time. Fast food does not complement that picture.

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