Ok, if you know me at all by now you’ll know my answer by no question is YES, all caps, bolded letters YES!! Now to prove my point I went out and did a little research and entered the results here.
First I went to a certain taco joint with a freaky little Chihuahua making a run for the border, and ate what I would have eaten previous to avoiding fast food: 2 Mexi Melts made with beans instead of meat and a nacho’s supreme (or whatever the damn thing is called now), with a Dr Pepper.
While ordering: Wow, this is going to be great – I am so looking forward to eating some yummy fast food”
While Paying :”Holy crap this is expensive – did I really just spend $9???”
Walking to table:”mmmm this smells good”
Unwrapping & eating: “can’t wait”
2 minutes after first bite: “Wow this is salty -I’m really glad I ordered a drink”
10 minutes after finishing: “Huh, that wasn’t as good as I remembered it being”, followed by “Wow , I’m still really thirsty”
In the car on my way home: “Huh, I feel like my belly is bloated out to here (imaginary hand waving in front of my belly) – maybe I should have walked the 5 km instead of driven”.
5 minutes later: – “O ya I definitely should have walked– boy I’m still really thirsty.”
1 hour later: “Wow, I think I need a nap, but first I’m going to get another glass of water”
What the? I used to LOVE (all caps LOVE) that fast food – now it just reminds me of a bad blind date “Not what I hoped for but about what I expected” 🙂
So I decided to “get the goods” so to speak and actually compare the nutritional “buzz words” floating about in conjunction with other fast, convenience or take out foods. Even I was a little astounded at the findings. To give you some perspective I have included the following:
“Recommended daily sodium according to Doctor Tylus of Hamilton, ON “1000 mg for children aged 1 to 3
1200 mg for children aged 4 to 8
1500 mg for people aged 9 to 50
1300 mg for adults aged 51 to 70
1200 mg for seniors aged 70+
Now lets take a look at some of the most popular fast – convenience foods around (below you’ll find a chart comparing some of my dishes that I sell through my Joy In Your Kitchen business as thaw – heat and serve as a comparison.
Fast (Convenience) Food vrs. Joy In Your Kitchen – Heat & Serve
Contender One: Convenience Foods
Reminder Doctor Tylus recommends no more than 1500mg daily sodium intake for most of our audience (ages 9-50).
Wow! There is not one choice in our Popular Fast Food/Take out menu that is below the recommended DAILY intake for any age group – let alone at just one meal!
Contender 2 Joy In Your Kitchen
|Comparable Joy In Your Kitchen Dishes|
Pie 3/4 LB
Basil Chicken(1 cup serving)
& Refried Beans
& Mexican Rice (combo)
Lasagna 3/4 LB
Chicken breast &(1/4 c Joy of BBQ Sauce)
|Joy’s Pizza Dough,
Joy of Pasta sauce,& 1/4c mozzarella
(2 pc of lg pie)
|Butternut Squash Soup (1c)
& 1/2 twice baked potato
(with cheese & broccoli)
|Total Fat||5g||12g||22 g||13 g||4g||10 g||6 g|
|Saturated Fat||1.1 g||7.9 g||8 g||3.7 g||1 g||6 g||3.4 g|
|Cholesterol||54mg||32.3 mg||82 mg||64 mg||3.6 mg||32.9 mg||15.4mg|
|Sodium||292 mg||683 mg||1332 mg||243 mg||942 mg||431 mg||854 mg|
Other interesting facts:
“Salt does not cause your body to gain or lose fat. In fact, salt has no calories. High consumption of salt only results in temporary weight gain as it causes your body to retain water. Conversely, low consumption of salt can result in temporary weight loss as it causes your body to expel water.
It is interesting to note that many crash diets which boast quick weight loss rely on foods with little or no salt content. The weight loss is mostly water, and as soon as you eat foods containing salt again you regain the weight.
A Word of Caution
Our opening paragraphs would lead you to believe that salt is of little concern in regards to long-term weight loss. In fact, a diet high in salt content can not only affect your blood pressure (see below), but is typically associated with weight gain.
The reason is that high levels of salt in our diets usually come from calorie dense, fiber poor, processed foods, like those found in fast food and restaurant meals, as well as on supermarket shelves. If you adhere to a low salt diet, it will likely consist of the lower calorie, healthier foods associated with weight loss.
Salt vrs Sodium
Though the terms are often used interchangeably, salt and sodium are not the same thing. Sodium, which is found naturally in most foods, accounts for approximately 40% of table salt. Therefore when salt is added to food, the sodium content increases by approximately 40% of the amount of salt added.”
Proper hydration is one of the keys, not only to staying fit and healthy, but to looking and feeling our best, as well. Find out what Dr. Cousens, a renowned nutritionist, has to say about the connection between water and health. We also offer you a great formula for energizing the water you drink. It’s all here:
If you avoid dehydration, you can avoid overeating. As Dr. Cousens says, “When you start to hydrate by drinking enough water, then your appetite goes down because you’re actually fulfilling what your body needs—which is water. And that’s also a very powerful way to lose weight, but also, in a sense, the hydration makes everything, including your brain, work a lot better.”
So the next time you are thinking about “Just grabbing something to eat” – bypass the drive-thru, open your freezer and pop in your favourite Joy In Your Kitchen item, pour a tall glass of water and feel guilt free!
From My Kitchen to yours, Happy & Healthy Eating.
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