Confessions of a Fast-Food Junkie & How I Conquered the Habit
A true Confession:
I love eating; I would snack in between meals. Therefore, I was much heavier, around 195 pounds by age 19. At this age, I was battling obesity, and my diabetes levels were up — and there were many — fast-food chains my best friend, or thus, I thought.
The thing that made me stop and think was a friend or should I say a so-called buddy called me “Fatso,” at that instant nothing said wake up like that moment. I had to admit to myself I was overweight, and I am a fast food and junk food junkie and desired to conquer the habit.
Despite my enthusiasm, it was difficult. I know, if I am to break a habit; it will take patience and time, but most of all, willpower. Take it from a person who used to eat fast-food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
It was easy for me to want to stop at the closest fast-food chain when I was hungry. But hard for me to notice, I am eating the wrong food, spending too much money, and I am a junkie.
For physical addictions, most people think of alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, and drugs. After doing considerable research, I learned that I too suffered the same addiction.
Not the addition of an alcoholic or a drug user, but I discovered my obsession and addiction was with fast-food and eating. I knew I had to cease being in denial and accept the fact before correcting my habit. I had to admit ultimately that I was a fast-food junkie.
The word ‘Junkie’ is defined as ‘Someone hopeless or ardently devoted to a controlled substance.’ Most often, this ‘devotion’ resembles an addiction.
It is sometimes difficult to recognize whether you are a fast-food junkie, but once you have unleashed the secret, it is time to have a reality check. There are several ways to know if you are a fast-food junkie: do your morning routine includes a fast food stop for breakfast on your way to work?
Do you take a quick pick up from fast food during your lunch break? Do you keep a packet of junk food at your desk or in your bag to munch on when hunger strikes?
Do you pick up a fast food item on your way home from work, so you do not have to go home and make dinner? Has your mind always craved for the delicious fast food, you carelessly gobble up? If your answer to any or all these questions is ‘yes,’ it is hence proved that you are a fast-food junkie.
Sticking to this dominant fast-food routine can make your mind and body wholly dependent on a high-calorie diet. Now that your body is addicted to fast food, you experience late-night cravings that prompt you to enter your car and drive to the closest fast food to eat out.
However, being in denial of an overpowering addiction, you keep telling yourself that you are just getting something to eat to deal with the hunger. I had all these signs.
If you experience these factors, then you are a fast-food junkie by all means. My in-depth study of fast food shows that regular Fast-food consumption has a strong positive association with weight gain and insulin resistance, suggesting that fast food addiction increases the likelihood of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Through my experience, I have been in a position to deduce that breaking a food habit is difficult, but surely possible. It is difficult because fast food is readily available, and some fast-food centers are open 24/7. Also, fast-food comprises primarily unhealthy fats and calories, which are additive.
There are several ways to kick a fast-food habit. One way is to reduce the number of times you visit your regular fast-food hot spots. This approach, if you regularly ate fast-food five times a week, you can now cut it down to 1-2 times a week.
The most efficient way is through planning a menu ahead of time. If you are genuinely adamant about stopping eating fast food, a strict plan of your food list can be critical. It is critical to know what you are having for breakfast in the morning and at dinner every night. In time, you realize that sticking to a planned diet is much cheaper than the regular fast food feasts.
How I kick my fast-food habit
After realizing I was a fast-food junkie, I was resolved to quit. Therefore, I start my day by eating breakfast bars in the morning and quit stopping at a fast-food for a breakfast biscuit.
For lunch, I pack my food and eat it in the cafeteria instead of needing to get to a fast-food restaurant. For dinner, I would eat at home by planning my meal ahead of time.
Meals like Baked Chicken with macaroni & cheese, Green bean and a role, Roast with potatoes and sweet peas, or sometimes a quick dinner like Sloppy Joe, 15-Minute Chili-Cheeseburger Skillet, Cheesy Chicken & Veggie Mac, beef enchiladas and lasagna, Manwich and fries.
Another thing I would do to prevent eating fast-food is to cook a day ahead, or extra and use a microwave to heat the same next day. Although peers tempt me when they eat fast food, I know fast food is downright addictive, and I was too determined to kick this habit from its roots.
I knew I had to stay rigid in my de-addiction, and so I stock up my pantry and refrigerator with healthy foods like fruit, granola bars, nuts, yogurt, raw vegetables, tuna, salmon, chicken, fish, and vegetables.
I eliminated junk food from my vicinity that helped reduce the temptation. For cooking, I chose vegetable oil or olive oil low in saturated fats and high in polyunsaturated or polyunsaturated fats.
Since I no longer eat at a fast-food restaurant, I now save myself a few extra bucks, plus eating healthier can improve my health and avoid medical complications. On my path to discovery, I have successfully gained a more positive lifestyle, and the sacrifice is useful to a lifetime.
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