By now we’ve all seen the movie Super Size Me, where Morgan Spulock eats only McDonald’s food for one month with devastating consequences to his health. Needless to say, eating at McDonald’s for every meal is not a good idea.
For a recovering fast food junkie, learning how to eat healthy at restaurants can be difficult. It’s been a few years since I broke my addiction to fast food and now I feel like I should share things I’ve learned. Specifically, how NOT to eat at McDonald’s.
How NOT to Eat at McDonald’s
There are some rules that you should follow when attempting to eat at McDonald’s.
Don’t be the fat kid. Seriously. Don’t eat at McDonald’s if your only intention is to order the most artery clogging combination you can think of. It’s just not right to do that to your body if you intend to sit around for the following eight hours. If your intentions are to go to McDonald’s for a fat kid moment, just avoid the tragedy you are about to commit.
Don’t drive thru at midnight. Whoever thought of drive thrus deserves a medal. Whoever thought it was a good idea for those drive thrus to stay open late deserves something far more valuable for their genius. Those golden arches beckon to hungry travelers at midnight like a mirage in the desert. “Come and eat,” they say. “Clearly it’s not too late! We are still open!” And with a quick trip around the building you ignore all the suggestions that eating late is bad for you. That cheeseburger before bed won’t hurt.
Don’t order multiple meals for yourself. Sometimes when you go to McDonald’s you are HUNGRY. It just happens. You hit the restaurant with all the best intentions of ordering a salad, but the moment that fry smell hits your nose your mind goes blank. When the cashier asks what you want suddenly you want a number 2 value sized with coke. And some chicken nuggets. And extra fries. And a sundae. All for yourself. And with one meal you consume the same calories that you normally should eat in three meals.
Don’t forget McDonald’s has healthy options. When you are looking up at that menu board trying to decide on your order, don’t glance over the green blob picture that represents a salad. Those burgers might look tasty but the looks are deceiving. That brownie picture might speak to you but it tells you lies. Remember that now McDonald’s offers salads, fruit, and other healthy options. After years of being the butt of many jokes, Mickey D’s cleaned up its act and its menu. If you want to eat healthier there you can. I even ordered a salad for lunch today.
How To Eat Healthy At McDonald’s
You can still eat at McDonald’s and get a reasonably balanced meal at a decent price.
If you need something quick, easy, and cheap, you can still utilize McDonald’s with their new healthy menu choices.
Here’s how to actually eat healthy at McDonald’s:
- Check the nutrition information before you go and find out which options have the lowest calories and sodium.
- Order water with your meal instead of a sugar filled beverage.
- Order apple slices or fruit or a small garden salad instead of fries.
- Skip the upsize options and just get a small fry with your meal.
- Skip the mayo and loads of ketchup because condiments are just added calories.
- Order a salad or light meal option instead of getting a “value” meal burger that has 1,000+ calories.
- Order a child’s size meal – enjoy the toy and less calories!
- Get the book Eat This, Not That! and find out which healthier items to order.
Do you have any other rules for how to eat or not eat at McDonalds?