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girlonfire
10-10-2009, 06:13 AM
My host mother wants to take me to McDonalds today! I have never eaten there, so I have no idea what it's like. I researched the nutrition and it seems that a small cheeseburger with small fries seems reasonable calorie-wise, but it just puts me over the edge on the sodium/fat department. The salads seem to carry WAY more calories than I find acceptable. I don't know what to do? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Apparently McDo here is a special treat and my host mother is all excited about it.


Hydra
10-10-2009, 06:40 AM
I think it's great you are researching this ahead of time. You could get a kid's meal, small hamburger and small fry and a small diet drink or water. At most McDonalds you can substitute these things called apple dippers for fries and also 1% milk for a soda. If memory serves a kids meal with hamburger, apple dippers and 1% milk is under 450 calories. You could look on their website. (Plus you get a little toy with your kid's meal!)

girlonfire
10-10-2009, 06:44 AM
Unfortunately, the menu in McDonald's france is a little more limited(I forgot to mention that I'm in Paris), although I can buy a beer with my meal if I so wish haha. But I think in general a kids meal will be alright, even if my host mother does laugh at me :D.


Ruthxxx
10-10-2009, 07:01 AM
:lol: I wondered why a McD meal was a "treat" but understand now. I guess you'll just have to do your best and order the smallest meal you can. The thought of ordering beer or wine at McD's blows my mind!

paris81
10-10-2009, 11:22 AM
I've heard that the small burger and fries are the lowest calories. Watch out if you plan to get the kid's menu, I could totally see the French cashier not going for that.

JustBeckyV
10-10-2009, 11:40 AM
I get a grilled chicken and throw out half of the bun and no mayo. Then I get a small side salad with low fat or fat free dressing.

Bonnie+J
10-10-2009, 11:48 AM
i'm in europe too, and the mc nugget happy meal with coffee or water is the lowest calorie combination bar salad. i was actually there today! i do weight watchers and its 6.5 points for the 4 nuggets, small fries and coffee. really hit the spot too!
hope this helps! enjoy!

bargoo
10-10-2009, 12:49 PM
I personally think MacDonald's hamburgers are the worst hamburgers on the planet , but if she wants to take you. the menu will not be the same in France as it is in US. I would order a hamburger and not eat the bun or only eat half of it and I would not order fries. You just do rhe best you can with the menu and your host mother will be so pleased, she evidently thinks this will be a treat for you.

jamsk8r
10-10-2009, 01:06 PM
I agree with Bargoo. If I have to eat at a place like that, I go for either a piece of chicken or a small burger, order it with extra veggies on it, then ditch the bun altogether, just eat the meat and veggies, no fries, and just water. The bun is usually 220-250 cals all by itself, so this saves some cals, plus you're saving yourself the high carb insulin spike from the bread. The sodium will likely be high no matter what you order, so the scale may not like you for a day or two, but it's only temporary, as long as you stay on plan the rest of the time. :hug:

ETA: skip the cheese on the burger, too, if you can stand it.

girlonfire
10-10-2009, 01:15 PM
I got a little hamburger with a side salad that came with a little packet of vinaigrette! The salad was average, but the hamburger was horrid. I pretended to enjoy the hamburger and salad because I didn't want to be rude. McDo is a huge treat for her and since shes going to be gone for a few days, I am at liberty now to eat my own dinner.

I don't see myself eating there in the forseeable future.

bargoo
10-10-2009, 01:19 PM
I never go to MacDonald's. If I am forced to eat fast food ( ON a road trip, or somewhere where I have no choice ) I prefer Carl's Jr or Burger King to MacDonald's.

JulieJ08
10-10-2009, 01:21 PM
Interesting!

girlonfire
10-10-2009, 02:52 PM
Too bad I have to return to McDo often for the free wifi...I really don't like the smell.

Rebound
10-10-2009, 07:59 PM
Do they have the nice salads there? I actually really like eating at mcdonalds. The Southwest Salad is excellent and has really yummy low-calorie dressing. I eat there a few times a month and love it!

walking2lose
10-10-2009, 08:33 PM
Peachy, I'm very curious... did you mean you'd never been to ANY McDo before (even in the states) or did you just mean you haven't been yet in Paris?

If you've never eaten in McDo before, WOW... major accomplishment!!! I hardly ever eat fast food and haven't been in a McDon for maybe 3 years, but I certainly have been to one many times in my life.

Just wondering...

Stella
10-11-2009, 09:41 AM
Well, I don`t know why it`s a treat either, but I hope you`ll not be too disappointed. It`s a treat because it`s marketed as such but not because it`s good! Can recommend the strawberry milkshake, though (although it has some 500kcal).

ringmaster
10-11-2009, 08:00 PM
I got a little hamburger with a side salad that came with a little packet of vinaigrette! The salad was average, but the hamburger was horrid. I pretended to enjoy the hamburger and salad because I didn't want to be rude. McDo is a huge treat for her and since shes going to be gone for a few days, I am at liberty now to eat my own dinner.

I don't see myself eating there in the forseeable future.

ha.. I always thought their burgers were terrible, even when I was a kid I didn't like them. I used to like the chicken nuggets till I read how they were made.

I'm curious too if that was your first time EVER at a McDonalds? It's interesting to know how someone who's never been to one before thinks of it.

JellyBean32882
10-11-2009, 09:04 PM
Don't go to Burger King, it's just as bad or even worse than McDonalds. I went to their site and looked at their nutritional facts and I was shocked.

JustBeckyV
10-11-2009, 09:30 PM
I have the tender grill chicken salad from Buger King -- it's not bad for calories!

Suezeeque
10-12-2009, 05:15 AM
I eat at McDonalds' three times a week. It was part of my last successful food plan and it fits calorie-wise, convenience-wise and I like it.

I eat a small vanilla cone, a side salad with 1/2 ranch dressing, and 6 chicken McNuggets wth honey mustard dressing. About 600 calories. Not too bad fat-wise and no trans-fat anymore; all together has about 54 carbs. It's my main meal on those days. Other days I eat at home and make sure I eat veggies, fruit, grains, not much meat or poultry.

When I was living in Lithuania went there just to feel like I was at home once in a while.

meltitaway
10-12-2009, 04:22 PM
I usually get a fruit parfait and an unsweet tea here in the states when I am trying to count calories..then I go to Subway or home to eat a meal. Great choice in your situation though... :)

midwife
10-12-2009, 04:28 PM
I weep that you are in Paris and eating at McDonalds! Wahh!!! Although I get that she's your host mother and I think you were very gracious.

When we were in Paris this summer, I was chaperoning 4 American teenagers for a week. One wanted to eat at Subway. I thought "Over my dead body." We were in PARIS! Le sigh.

JulieJ08
10-12-2009, 04:36 PM
I usually get a fruit parfait and an unsweet tea here in the states when I am trying to count calories..then I go to Subway or home to eat a meal. Great choice in your situation though... :)

I think their fruit parfait makes up for the unsweetened tea!

Brendansmum
10-12-2009, 04:37 PM
My kids love McDonalds. I usually get them the nuggets and apples. Myself I always get 2 grilled chicken patties(120 cals each) then I have them add some shredded lettuce and pickle to the tops. I usually get unsweetened tea and either yogurt or an ice cream for dessert. It is a really low cal meal (390-400 cals) that I enjoy plus it's really cheap. They only charge $1 for each chicken patty plus $1 each for the tea and yogurt.

nelie
10-12-2009, 04:45 PM
I never liked fast food hamburgers, they are pretty horrid. I think I've had a McDonald's hamburger once and I was pretty young (8? 10?). I used to go to McDonalds for one thing and that was the soft serve. I used to love soft serve. I didn't go often but every once in a while on a hot summers day I would.

Shannon in ATL
10-12-2009, 05:05 PM
When I was studying in France in college (Tours) we took a Sunday trip to the McDonalds - it was a big deal for my host family to take me to do something that would make me feel at home. :dizzy: I had a hard time convincing them I didn't want to do it every Sunday I was there... By the time we did go I had eaten no fried foods for almost six weeks and the nuggets I got promptly made me sick. I think that convinced them I was telling the truth about not wanting to go to McDonald's! :)

girlonfire
10-12-2009, 05:39 PM
It wasn't my first time at McDonald's, but it was my first time eating the food. Before when I went with friends I ordered Diet Coke or water. All of your ideas sound good though, so I know what to do if I get stuck in this situation again! Thanks!

P.S. I am so habituated to French now that I wrote this entire post in French before I realized what I had done. Oh man...

midwife
10-12-2009, 05:55 PM
P.S. I am so habituated to French now that I wrote this entire post in French before I realized what I had done. Oh man...

That is AWESOME!!! :carrot:

JulieJ08
10-12-2009, 06:03 PM
P.S. I am so habituated to French now that I wrote this entire post in French before I realized what I had done. Oh man...

That's awesome :).

And I'd love to hear what your experience has been of the way real French people eat compared to the idealized French diet we're supposed to emulate.