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Re-Thinking Fast Food: Reading What You’re Eating

by Erika Nicole Kendall

Over the last year or so, It’s been heavy on my heart to become more of a conscious shopper… an educated consumer, of sorts. What does that mean? It means trying to put an end to mindless shopping and spending, knowing what companies to whom you give your money, and making conscious decisions about what business practices you support with your shopping.

A big part of this is… you guessed it – fast food. I have a gripe with eating places where I can’t entirely confirm everything in my dish. I have a gripe with eating places where most of what they serve on the menu is shipped there pre-made, only ready to be dropped in a deep fryer or tossed in an oven somewhere (and that’s fast food or regular restaurant.) I’m sure there are some much healthier fast food joints out there, but that’s neither here nor there. I’ll get on my soapbox about fast food another day, but I did want to share this video that was the start of my research into what the hell we’re eating at fast food joints. I really dig this guy and the info he has to share, so I hope you like it too. : )

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Tina Fite April 12, 2010 - 9:32 AM

Erika!!! ERIKA!!! This video right here! Oooohhh weeeee!!! This video right here almost made me holla and be just as mad as he was about it because I must admit that before this year, I was not as conscious about the food I put in my mouth and I loved the KFC Grilled Chicken but I do remember feeling a little bad afterward. Not the sick bad, just “itis” bad…LOL. Now I know why! All of the MSG and trans fats that was in it! I am so glad you posted this I don’t know what to do (except the knowledge of not going to KFC ever again). My husband, although in good shape (only because of military because he eats junk), will not be going there anymore unless he sneaks and goes! This made me so mad I gotta do 2 Turbo Jam dvds and circuit training to calm down.

So I’ll end it this way: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU!!! I have posted on my wall on Facebook because many of my friends on there want to know how I’m losing the weight and this is part of the reason why. I’ve stopped eating out because I’ve gotten too discouraged after researching restaurants’ websites and finding out things aren’t what they seemed. Not that I didn’t know it before but like I said, I didn’t do the research before. I just ate. Now, I research everything and I do mean everything… I even researched green tea to find out if that’s the only thing in it because I was surprised by some of the products out there.

Ok… Woo-sahhhhh!! Ok…now to workout and I’ll use this as motivation because too many people are consuming these items and really don’t know what they are doing to themselves. Thank you again Erika!!! Keep up the great work!!

Rita May 11, 2010 - 11:30 PM

I had no idea! I’ve spent most of my adult life eating crap and junk food, now the madness must stop! The more I do my research the more I am amazed at the things in our foods.

Thanks Erika for educating a sista…clean eating here I come!

Rita May 29, 2010 - 7:53 PM

This video is what sealed the deal for me on the art of clean eating. And I’m proud to say I’ve officially kicked my fast food habit. It’s been 7 days since I’ve eaten from a fast food restaurant and 14 days since I’ve been tempted by anything fast food. (A small victory but one nonetheless.)

I’ve even become a fan of underground wellness and spent the weekend watching alot of their Youtube videos and educating myself on the things in our foods and how to become a healthier person.

I now don’t aim for weight loss, I aim for better health. Point blank. Period.

Thanks Erica, your site has been a huge help and inspriation!

StacyAustralia August 31, 2010 - 10:34 PM

OMG Erika you are killing me (in a good way)!!!! There is so much I need to do and learn about my health. At one point, I was very health conscious and I had stop eating meat for about 3 months. I did not realize how much better I felt and looked until I started eating meat again. When I started eating meat again I was very sluggish and drowsy again. I am natural. I rock my fro, my twists, my puff etc. One of the reasons, I decided to go natural was because of the crap that was in the relaxer then placed on my head. I learned about those chemicals as well as the chemicals in the lotions, toothpaste, and perfumes I used. I made some of those changes but I am still working on the changes I need to as it relates to food. Thanks again for this website. I am trying to make big changes like you!!

Michelle October 14, 2010 - 11:15 AM

I was just in the store and in the seasoning aisles guess what they have… That’s right MSG… I thought of all the food lables that boast.. no MSG. Then thought well why is this sold here for $1.00 at that.. Very informative and eye opening. Great vid. Keep up the good work.

Tiana February 8, 2011 - 6:30 PM

yeah, this video hits it right on the head…i had that grilled chicken before (not during that giveaway – too many people, it wasn’t THAT serious) and i remember i crashed so hard and felt all lethargic…i thought grilled was good for you…lol

but i really feel him on eating sick chickens for our “health” – once i saw Food, Inc. and how controlled that whole system is because they don’t want us to know the conditions and how much our food is genetically modified, and how they have the farmers on lock…that scared the *** outta me – sounds like Oprah may need to watch it too…

Johnnie June 27, 2011 - 7:53 AM

Wow…I had some grilled KFC last night; wish I had seen this post before…this is motivation for me to never eat anything from there again.

Jameka March 16, 2012 - 7:22 PM

Thanks for sharing this and once again, I’m thankful for not eating Fast Food like that. I used to only to find out that the crap they sell at FF restaurants was ruining my health and making health issues I was already dealing with worse than they needed to be. It is so wack that they continue to get away with it too.

LC April 10, 2012 - 10:19 AM

Lawd, lawd, lawd! For the longest time I have been closing my ears to any and all truth tellers as soon as they start talking about food. This is in part because I feel that if I were to be a truly conscious consumer, I would probably have to be vegan and I love meat. I love meat. I love fast food. I love any and all things fried. And I know that I only love them because I am intentionally ignorant about what is in them. This video hit home tho! I really need to start paying attention to what I’m eating. I’m just having such a hard time opening my mind because I know it will involve letting go of some foods and eating habits that I really, really love. Any suggestions for how to get past this fear and start changing my eating habits?

FabuLash June 3, 2012 - 2:11 PM

You better PREACH!!!!

Ashleigh B September 23, 2013 - 8:12 AM

Whoa. Just further confirmation that my 30 day no fast food challenge needs to be extended indefinitely.

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