I could not have been prouder on this day to answer this question.
Why? Because this reveals the innocence and ignorance of the existence of most fast food restaurants for my child.
Sure, my child had had and most likely will continue to have the occasional happy meal ordered in from the daycare or take the trip to the corner McDonald’s with the grandparents-but that had been the total exposure to fast food places to that point in the early years. Such naiveté! Lovely!
As most new moms, working or stay at home, I try to limit the sugars and junk food as much as possible, but of course we still have the occasional pizza and In & Out burgers.
But this was/is, for the most part, a rare occasion (I’m talking once every 2-3 months if that) It had been even rarer in my childhood mostly out of monetary necessity.
In the past, eating out was a special occasion treat and more expensive- my mom could make a home cooked meal for a family of 5 for less than a couple of dollars in the early 1970’s and 80’s.
Nowadays, fast foods and processed foods is often cheaper and certainly more likely to be time saving and most importantly less mentally draining to think about- than in the past.
Most moms just love the little luxury of one less decision to make and plan in advance for-this can relieve pressure for me as much as an hour long massage! PLUS- less clean up right?
So when my patients complain it is harder to eat fresh and takes longer to eat healthier, I can certainly understand their viewpoint, but I also know we must challenge ourselves not to succumb to the mostly fast food culture of the last 30 years and start to invest time and money into thinking and planning our meals and food choices (with a little knowledge and action it can actually be most time and cost saving).
It’s either spend the thought, time and money now in what we put into our family’s bodies or deal with the time and money for the consequences in the gyms and dentist’s and doctor’s offices in the future.
Start by potting a few clay pots of tomatoes and herbs. Make 1 or 2 food choice changes/substitutions a month in the food culture and meal menus in your household. And perhaps soon, your little ones, or your grandkids may ask ‘What’s Carl’s Jr?” and you will smile proudly.