Saw the documentary “Super Size Me” last night. It’s about this guy who eats McDonalds food, the entire menu, 3 meals a day which he has to finish, and has to get a super size if they ask, for 30 days straight. Effectively, living off of McDonalds, and only McDonalds, for a month with his vegan girlfriend stressing about it.
The guy gained a considerable amount of weight in just 30 days, almost half the last week. It took him 14 total months to lose the weight he gained. God knows how bad his liver and kidneys were damaged through the whole process. He even suffered mild impotence because of restricted bloodflow. Aside from a myriad of other negative things, at parts it was just painful to watch, ecspecially when his new health problems became real and life threatening.
My initial reaction was to never eat fast food again, at least McDonalds, but I was even having second thoughts about my bi-weekly Chik Fila excursions. The guys sources, in movie, are only half there, and he throws around mad statistics, but I have yet to hear a challenge to his claims, therefore, I’m taking it as sound info with questionable accountability for now.
I really liked it and was really woken up to the nutrition problem this country faces in the form of obesity.
All I have to say to non-US residents is see this movie, and keep our food franchises the f$)%* out of your country!
Now, granted, to me Subway is a good one and is ok with moderation and responsible choosing of their menu. I, however, work out as a crutch for nutritional freedom, and even that is a stretch. I assume since I do strength training and cardio 3 days (sometimes 2) a week, that I can eat pretty much whatever I want. As I got more in tune with my body, I realized what made me feel bad, and what didn’t, so it got easier to tone down the blatantly horrible parts of my diet, mainly sodas. I merely switched to sugary, processed lemonaide though (not the Aussie kind, the Aussie-Pakistani kind), which has the same amount of sugar, or more, than sodas such as a Coke.
Anyway, pretty crazy stuff in the flic. Real sobering, and another wonderful challenge I can’t wait (no really) to have when attempting to raise kids in the future with good habits. Parents have their work cut out for them. Heck, I still haven’t quit coffee, although, I’ve switched to tea midday so I’m making better progress than my cold turkey approach with ciggarettes. I don’t need ciggarettes, but I do need coffee.