Many people experience days where the workload was exhaustive and all they want to do is lay down on the floor and sleep for a day or two. Cooking dinner for the family is the last thing on your list especially during the summer. If you're like me, it could be worth the extra few dollars to stop at a fast food restaurant in order to save cooking at home for another day. However, this way of thinking can be detrimental to your health in ways you may not initially realize.
1. It's More than Value in that Box – Thanks to the mindset of a "value menu," I managed to tack on an extra 20 pounds over the course of a few months. Having a family as large as mine makes for a miserable experience cooking in the kitchen, and the convenience of being located so close to these restaurants makes for an ideal situation – at least it did at the time. Although I am working to regain my health, utilizing these restaurants as frequently as I did has made a profound impact in a great deal of my life.
2. Mentality of It – Since eliminating take-out, delivery and drive-thru windows I and my wife have noticed a considerable difference in my overall mentality. Before, I was lethargic and ill tempered. Currently, I am much more energetic and am not nearly as quick to shout as I once was. Although I still have a few issues to work out, there has been a considerable change in my anger management since I started eating more salads and properly prepared foods.
3. Sluggish Feeling – Aside from the weight gain, my overall physical health had changed as well. All week long I would feel like I spent 40 hours in a meat grinder myself. My stomach continuously bothered me, I had frequent headaches, and I spent a great deal of time sitting on the toilet – if you catch my meaning. Now, I no longer experience most of these symptoms and spend less money on "Pepcid."
4. Bad Belches – Have you ever experienced "rotten-egg" burps? It's an experience you never want to have. It's when you belch and the smell is that of the most foul and rotten egg you could possibly imagine…and it lingers. I could be on the other side of the living room and force my spouse to open a window. After researching extensively on this condition, we've noticed the eggy-ness from my personal functions have ceased. Apparently, there is something used in fast food that obviously didn't sit well in my stomach. We still have yet to discover what causes it. Doctors tried to explain that I couldn't eat onions – but I still eat them today without incident.
5. Laziness Abandoned – By forcing myself to endure cooking for my family, I've been increasing the movement my body experiences. Depending on what I am cooking that night, I could get a decent work out. This is aside from the fact that I made a pact with my spouse about procrastination and laziness. We're trying to do away with it all.
Everyone is different and your experiences with fast food may be different from mine. I am in my mid-thirties and am unable to eat like I used to. The proverbial plastic lining of this "trash-gut" has worn too thin to sustain itself. As you're never too late to take better care of yourself, I've found a great deal of physical and emotional stress lifted from dining at home and cooking healthier and tastier meals.
Ken Myers is the founder of www.longhornleads.com & has learned over the years the importance of focusing on what the customer is looking for and literally serving it to them. He doesn’t try to create a need, instead he tries to satisfy the existing demand for information on products and services.