Matthew Gates 7m 1,763 #fastfood
The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
Food is an important part of our lives. It is what keeps us alive, gives us energy, and can either harm or help our health, and it could even lead to death if we eat too much harmful food. Ever since the 1950s, after World War II, the United States government, and all world governments have been looking to keep food cheap, affordable, and plentiful enough to feed billions of people.
Massive corporations have arose to mass-produce this food to feed the masses. Unfortunately, when it comes to the ingredients in the food, there have been sacrifices made to grow or produce food in days to weeks instead of months and years. As a consequence of this research, food has become less healthier, but has been able to keep people alive in making the body think it is getting the proper nutrition, though after years of this nutrition-less consumption, the body is breaking down, literally starving and dying, and people are getting sicker, and turning to the healthcare industry to figure out what is wrong with them.
The business for the government, companies, and politicians is massive. Money goes to the fast food industries who pay their taxes, have hardly any food regulations by the FDA, and are able to provide to the general public whatever type of non-nutritious food they want.
After giving money to the food industry for so long, and having the body break down, people are turning to their doctors, who are paid by health insurance companies and prescription drug companies to be legal drug dealers, who in turn are prescribing prescription drugs to solve problems — though they always end up prescribing more and more prescription drugs to keep dealing with the side effects of the original prescribed drug – all this is completely legal – making money for these drug companies, whose drugs have been “approved” by the FDA — and finally, though those prescription drugs may extend the lives and health of people for a temporary time, they eventually end up in the hospital, which drives money to the health care industry, and everyone makes money on the poor dying soul who failed to educate themselves on proper eating habits.
For the majority, they are doomed to believe that this is just the way life is and there is nothing that can be done to change it because they have come to rely and believe the government, the food industry, the insurance coverage industry, and the healthcare service industry.
Those few souls who do educate themselves on proper eating, choose avoidance of fast foods and greasy foods, and prepare their own food through being very selective, will find themselves living longer, needing no medications or prescription drugs, and enjoying a healthy lifestyle without any pain or suffering.
I have been on the path to a healthy lifestyle for a very long time now. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of distractions and influences on my way to that healthy lifestyle, with the occasional fast food meal, the quick hamburger or french fry. As I have continued on my path to health, the consumption of fast food — garbage food — is becoming less and less.
Once you have gone to a completely healthy lifestyle, with absolutely no taste or ounce of fast food in your system, you will find yourself a lot healthier, more energetic, able to lose weight easier and keep it off, and sleeping better at night. What happens when you begin to eat healthy and you have yet another taste of that fast food meal? Unfortunately, though I knew it would harm me, I wanted to see what would happen.
For over the past several months, I had not eaten fast foods, turning to my own cooking, avoiding bread, and only going to sit-down restaurants on weekends for the occasional day off of my regular diet. None of these restaurants had caused the side effects that a fast food restaurant had caused me. As a result, I lost about 25 pounds in a month. Too many people are eating fast food and are most likely not experiencing the same effects because their bodies are used to it.
Once you experience a healthy lifestyle, you know the difference between healthy food and non-healthy food. You can taste what is real and what is processed. There is no faking or sugarcoating it: Real food tastes real, and processed food tastes like garbage, and your body knows the difference when you limit your body to only healthy food, and then switch back to eating fast food.
The body is very adaptable and there are plenty of people who eat fast food nearly everyday and feel just fine, but the truth is, they could probably feel a lot better if they gave it up. This is a matter of opinion, but judging by the obesity epidemic we are facing, and the fact that everyone wants to “lose a few extra pounds” means there is a problem that must be solved, but the government will not solve it, it is solely up to the individual to solve their own weight problem and addiction to fast food.
The reason for this article is to share my experience when I consumed a food product at a popular fast food restaurant. May they sue me and pretend like their products are completely healthy, but nothing in their fast food restaurant is the slightest bit healthy, not even the apples or the salads. Everything they can do to save money, going the cheap route, is the route they will always take. They will never have anything “organic” and even if it is “organic”, it is all for marketing purposes and most likely not truthful.
This confession will most likely not make any impact, and they will continue to make their billions of dollars a year because they rely on a worldwide population being uneducated and not caring about their own health. Cheap may save you money, but nothing good can ever come from food being too cheap.
I am not writing this article to personally attack any fast food corporation. All fast food restaurants – McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Chipotle, Taco Bell, Hardees, Carl Jr., Checkers, White Castle, Crystals, Nathan’s Hotdogs, Arby’s, etc. are guilty for serving unhealthy non-nutritional processed food at a massive level — caring only to serve it as cheaply as possible, making as much money as possible, at the cost of the health of society.
I point out my experience because it was the food I ate that gave me a horrible experience. It is even more sickening to know that this unhealthy fast food restaurant has made its way on to every continent, into almost every country, into every city, and continues to be seen as a normal restaurant that serves food that is actually nutritional – it’s not.
I will just say it: If you want to live longer, if you want to live healthy, if you want to live: Avoid EVERY fast food restaurant. It is easier than you think to give up garbage food and opt for healthier choices. Accept that none of these places exist to you anymore. You may see them, but no one is forcing you to walk into them or eat at them.
The other day, I had been offered a hamburger by someone who bought themselves too much food, and asked me if I wanted it. Stupidly, I said that I would have a go at it. Having given up bread for so long, I quickly tossed out the bread, leaving just the meat. The meat alone is just 90 calories with too much sodium, at 120mg of sodium, 7g of fat, 3g of saturated fat, 0g of carbohydrates, and 8g of protein.
I assumed this would not have too much effect on my system, since it was just the meat, and nothing else, but it did have dire consequences, and left me with a taste of too much salt or sodium in my mouth, feeling dizzy, experiencing nausea, developing a headache, and causing me to be more tired than normal. Although I avoid salt at all costs, this sodium is very different from natural salt.
Not only that, but as I drank more and more water in order to feel better and flush my system out, I gained weight — about 2 or 3 pounds within a few hours — because the sodium had been holding in the water content for a while. It took almost a week to return back to my normal weight and feel healthy again.
There are many people who simply give up and continue to eat fast food, because they do not care, and they believe there is no difference in food choices, and think that because they do not experience these symptoms, it is okay to continue eating the way they are eating. Everyone has the choice to eat whatever they want.
After choosing to eat healthy for a month, and testing out this fast food restaurant, having just the meat of a single hamburger, the healthy side effects I was experiencing subsided almost immediately, and I felt sick to my stomach, which took days to recover and feel healthy again. I cannot imagine eating another hamburger from this fast food restaurant or any fast food restaurant every day or even once a week.
If I had to go through that experience every time — the nausea, dizziness, tiredness, headache, and feelings of puking — then I will always make the choice to spend a few extra dollars, spend a few extra hours a week cooking for myself and knowing that what I am cooking is more healthier than any fast food restaurant could ever provide for me.
The choice is always up to you, but once you make the choice to go healthy, you will be better off choosing to avoid fast food restaurants at all costs. These places should no longer exist to you and should never be an option – just remember: Even if someone offers you some food from any of these fast food restaurants, they only paid one or two dollars for such garbage food. Turn it down and go pay a few extra dollars to feel better about what you are eating and your body will surely thank you too.
I apologize if this article has made you want fast food or made you hungry, but it was an article about fast food. The decision is up to you. I have told you how bad fast food is, so instead, go make yourself a healthy meal.