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December 22, 2004

Okay, so I'm totally late getting on the bandwagon but my friend Missie and I just watched Super Size Me while eating, what will be for me, a veritable last supper of McDonald's grub.

See, I've hated McDonald's for a very long time. Sometime in high school I stopped eating beef in the form of unidentifible flesh hunks, especially those found in fast food restaurants like McDonald's and Taco Hell. I had never previously been too much into eating red meat anyway and the choice was completely arbitrary, probably based on something I read somewhere.

During my party haze days of college numero uno, my first living away from the oppressive environment that which was the small town where I grew up, I gradually lifted the ban on burgers and fast food and became, I'll admit it, a Taco Hell junkie. I ate nachos bell grande no beef extra beans several times a week, usually paying for my food with small change swiped from my roommate's bedroom (sorry ricky!).

Strangely enough, during that year of college I lost thirty pounds, a feat I blame more on my beverages of choice and a propensity for vomiting that had followed me from high school, not to mention the fact that Youngstown State University is one of those "uphill both ways, 3 miles in the snow" kind of places to go to college.

After college didn't work out for me the first time around, I moved home, tried ecstasy, and became a bit of a health nut. I quit smoking, drinking, eating junk food and sweets, avoided my previous recreational habits of choice and started walking two miles a day. Life was grand....

.... and here I am, 26 years old, somewhere in between the two extremes.

I avoid fast food as much as reasonably possible, splurging only when time constraints force me to do so. I smoke and drink only on fairly rare occasions and I walk, well, when I absolutely have to - which is more frequently now that I am voluntarily carless. (Voluntary in that I coulda bought a car but didn't).

Watching this movie, however, has reinforced my desire to get healthy, not just on a physical levels, but on all planes: I want to be physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually healthy. Is that even possible? I think I might have to leave this country to find out!

I'm just so impressed with Morgan Spurlock. This is one dude who has mading a fucking difference. I'm totally jealous!

All I want in my life is to make a difference - to do something that makes people say "hells yeah!" and then to turn around and use that power to actually "DO" something about a noticed problem instead of stepping back and pointing fingers.

You know what? Morgan Spurlock is my hero of the day, maybe even the week! Kickass!

P.S. Mr. Spurlock has a blog! Yay!

Moira at 12:43 AM :: Comments (6) :: ::

Did ya hear the madness about McDondalds' "adult happy meals?" I know that's old news, but still... Perhaps you can indulge in (technically) McDonald's food and still be healthy.

As for going out of the country to avoid it, I don't think that's gonna happen... That sick capitalistic clown is everywhere on this earth. There's no escaping the madness!

Posted by: Evan at December 22, 2004 01:02 PM

We got a whole ton of McDonald's coupons for Halloween. They all expire Jan 1. My wife has been taking the kids by McDonald's every chance she gets, in order to get a free pie or free small fries. Of course, sometimes she splurges on a full meal.

I've always disliked McDonald's, and it's all because of the marketing of Ronald McDonald. Who would buy a toy Ronald McDonald for their child? Who would buy a fast-food playset? That just blows my mind.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at December 22, 2004 03:27 PM

Dr. Jerz, I'm sorry, but I had the McDonald's life-size playset as a child. I'm sorry. We really are good people though in my family. Really.

I'm not a fast food eater. Not at all. I can't even remember the last time I had a burger. When I was little I used to but that was a different time. When I am forced to go to McDonald's (on a bus trip or something) I get the fruit and yogurt parfait. I think it's the only thing not covered in grease. Yet, I'm a little ashamed to admit this, sometimes I really want a McDonald's burger. Just a bite of one. All the grease, fat, calories, whatever. It's probably all the subliminal McDonald's messages getting to me.

Posted by: Vanessa at December 22, 2004 11:27 PM

Eh. We're all going to die someday...

*bites burger*

Posted by: Valerie at December 23, 2004 05:30 PM

"I want to be physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually healthy. Is that even possible?" Sure it is. Exercise, minimal stress, i.e. do anything that makes you happy, breathe fresh air, eat right, and if you're into it, meditate. When you start emanating good energy, you also find it and it follows you.

I can vouch for Nessa...she's the only one I know who actually ate the steamed cauliflower (blurgh) at the dining hall.

Meanwhile, although I haven't seen Supersize Me, I refuse to eat absolutely anything at all from McDonalds. It's not food, for heavens's processed animal parts. And what parts, I don't even want to know. I'll admit that it's hard to maintain a healthy lifestly when one's living on a college campus - heck, when you're that hungry, anything will work. We're lucky that SHU has a dining hall with a cereal and salad bar. Choosing that option makes all the difference.

Right now, I'm home and there's nothing like Mom's cooking.

Posted by: Neha at December 23, 2004 07:00 PM

Yay! I'm so glad you guys are still blogging! Happy holidaze!

Evan - You're right, capitalism is unavoidable. Guess I'll just have to deal. And I'm pretty sure that those adult happy meals are a direct result of Super Size Me, though I'm sure McD's would be loathe to admit it.

Dr. J - Ronald McDonald, I'm pretty sure, is the anti-christ. I mean, look at that hair!

Nessa - I'm pretty sure McDonald's does use subliminal messages! I did an experiment with subliminal messages once ... remind me to tell you about it sometime! ;c)

Valerie - good point! what isn't bad for you these days???

Neha - It's also hard to eat well when you are poor, which is why I think McDonald's is so evil. Eating organic natural foods is the way to go, but who can really afford to do that, especially when $2 will fill you up at the latest fast food joint? That's why I got into fast food in the first place - poverty. It is possible to eat somewhat healthfully when you are on a budget, but it's much more difficult... and it shouldn't be! Eating healthfully should be a top priority in a nation of intelligent educated people (i'm not sayin' America is that.. i'm just dreamin').

Posted by: moira at December 25, 2004 10:38 AM
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