100 lb. Club - Fast food junkie!!!

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09-10-2013, 11:49 AM
That's MY biggest hurdle! I'm sure there are others like me out there. How do you handle the temptation to just swing through the drive-thru when you're out and hungry???

09-10-2013, 12:10 PM
I'll keep snacks on me, don't carry cash on me, or just avoid it. Or I'll find healthier options from those places.

09-10-2013, 12:15 PM
I remind myself that nothing tastes as good as beeing healthy feels. And, like the above poster, keep healthy snacks on me at all times :)

09-10-2013, 01:01 PM
Good suggestions! I just wish I didn't LOVE that horrible stuff so much! *LOL* Maybe I should keep a current photo of myself in front of me at all times. ;)

09-10-2013, 01:21 PM
i was one,,, ohhhh!!! how i Totally was one!!!! i ate junk food EVERY. SINGLE.DAY for the past 3 years. Sometimes two or three times a day. I forgot the taste of normal home cooked food, so much so that i would feel nauseous just imagining healthy food :S So i gave junk food up cold turkey when i started this journey. I requested family not to bring fast food home for 3 weeks atleast. i would not look at the fast food joints and drive- thruz while driving and would constantly tell myself "cant i live 8 months without fast food. 8 months from my whole life!! i owe myself tht!" And i made sure that i had some rescue food at hand... small healthy snacks. that helped alot !After 1 month or so, you wont believe this, but i was so hooked onto eating wholesome and natural foods that i couldnt stand the smell of a burger near me. after two months of abstinence, i tried eating a burger, but could only manage 3 small bites and felt full and not good at all. My taste buds have changed :D

Bottom line, tell yourself what i told myself. You owe yourself a year out of your whole life dedicated to abstinence!!! and in that process, you can change what your taste buds like!!! In maintenance, you can add junk food gradually but sparingly. Good luck!!

09-10-2013, 01:39 PM
Oooo...thanks, Hamlette! That's good advice. Put a time limit on it. Kind of like, "for just today, I'll______" (fill in the blank). Putting a short period of time on something makes it seem much more doable. :) Thank you!

09-10-2013, 01:56 PM
Another thing is that I tried was to learn how to make copycat favorites like fries, bols, pizzas, cheeseburgers, etc. Worth it since you know what's in it and it's definitely cheaper!!!

09-10-2013, 02:05 PM
What I did was make a list of all of my favorite fast food places and looked up the nutrition information on each and every one of them. From there I filled out a small notebook I could keep in my purse with the nutrition info of acceptable fast food items that could potentially be worked into my diet.

If the food item was not in my book, it was out of the question to order. No exceptions. I didn't even look at the rest of the menu! And if I did order something out of my book, it had to fit in with the rest of my meals for the day.

This way, I could still occasionally eat fast food without worry or guilt! I'm just really careful about my choices. :) Good luck! :hug: For some it's best to abstain entirely, but for me I feel much better being able to draw my own line where I want so I can enjoy certain things in moderation.

09-10-2013, 02:19 PM
Great suggestions, Amandie and Elladorine! Very good!

And congrats on your baby, Elladorine! Blessings for a continued healthy pregnancy. :)

09-10-2013, 03:28 PM
I know I know, I've lost a ton of weight so I'm supposed to say I never touch the stuff bahahahah but I'd be LYING!!!

I WISH that crap tasted disgusting to me now...but it does no such thing :) let's face it, we're hardwired to LOVEEEE fat sugar salt, and the blissful combination of all three is the mouth-hole jackpot LOL

That being said, I used to LOVE 1/4 lbers /w cheese, large fries, and a DQ blizzard for dessert.

now I get a plain hamburger kids happy meal and I STILL get the divine taste, still feel like i'm IN and OF the modern world lol but it's not too big a hit now and again

09-10-2013, 04:02 PM
My best solution has been complete abstinence and making a healthy substitute at home. It's been 3.5 months for me now and the first 2 months I was weak in my desires. If tempted, I know I would have given in immediately. So I just stayed away from it. Now, I don't even want it. I tried some of my mom's burger Saturday and it just tasted like grease (I wiped my tongue off). So though your taste buds currently crave it like crazy, they will change. ;) Good luck! I was 100% addicted to fast food and here I am not having eaten it in quite some time. (My wallet has thanked me too)

09-10-2013, 04:12 PM
I try to find healthier options if I go To a drive thru...

09-10-2013, 04:50 PM
My biggest hurdle is when I go for a walk in the evening, by the end of it I feel really hungry, so I stopped taking any money with me. The place I go to for a walk is pretty close to home, so I tell myself that if I'm hungry, I can just walk home in 5 minutes, and have some water and a few almonds instead of buying McDonalds and wasting all my exercise.

09-10-2013, 05:06 PM
I'm right there with you! I never was much for eating out, maybe a couple times a week (comparatively to those who eat out every day, sometimes more than once, lol). I make it completely inconvenient. I never "swing by" on my way home. I'll go all the way home and (this sounds silly) over think it. "Since this is a rare treat, do I want option A, or option B? Well, there's always my favorite, option C." Then it gets to the point "Is it really worth to drive to option C for the one meal?" By that time either it really IS worth it, or it's not even close to being worth it and I'll just fix something at home.

09-10-2013, 06:05 PM
One thing I've been finding a tiny bit "victorious" is that there are some good salads available now. Probably not as healthy as I'd make at home, but, for a fast food "fix" they're not bad. McDonald's and Arby's both have good salads, with non-fried meats on them, for about $5.

On a good day, when I swing into the parking lot, I've been choosing a salad instead of a Number #1, upsized, please. *LOL* I just have to really follow through and use my lower fat salad dressing at home instead of the package they give me. :)

09-12-2013, 08:26 AM
I really like Elladorine's idea! I like fast food but for me this issue was/is sugar. So I quit cold turkey for three weeks, then I allowed myself ONE serving of sugar per week. On that treat day, I had to be especially healthy to compensate for the extra fat and calories. Now that I have some time under my belt, I'm not as strict as "ONLY ONE SERVING ON SATURDAY!" If something comes up (birthday, supper out, etc.), I'll have a small something, but most of the time I don't even miss it. I'm someone who had to have some sort of sweet EVERY SINGLE DAY, too. You'll be surprised about how much you DON'T miss it once your body gets used to the good stuff! :D

09-12-2013, 10:50 AM
You'll be surprised about how much you DON'T miss it once your body gets used to the good stuff! :D

Your absolutely right there, Frances! In times past, when I've been successfully losing weight, I found that I could do just fine with TWO bites of something.

It was a psychological thing. Instead of declaring ANYTHING "off limits" totally, I'd say, "just two bites." I'd reason with myself that, after two bites, it wasn't going to taste any better...just the same.

I recall that it was very helpful. I'm starting to remember some of those little "tricks" that were useful in the past! *LOL*

09-19-2013, 11:05 PM
I'm a fellow fast food junkie, thanks for this thread because there's some good advice. Unfortunately, my office building is literally NEXT DOOR to a McDonald's, and the smell of french fries nearly brings me to my knees! I'm hoping that I will soon find that smell nauseating...