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Posted on Jun 15, 2012 in Dear Diary, Food | 28 comments

America, This is Why You’re Fat

So I saw a lovely little gem of an article making its way around Facebook the other day and felt compelled to discuss it. The article is entitled: Burger King bacon sundae goes on the menu.


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This fast food masterpiece is comprised of vanilla soft-serve ice cream, chocolate fudge sauce, caramel, and is topped with bacon bits. It clocks in at 510 calories, with 18 grams of fat and 61 grams of sugar, which is honestly not as bad as I thought it would be. I imagine that the serving size can’t be too impressive.

Now, let me preface this by saying that I love bacon as much as the next person. Probably more than the next person, actually. I think it really can belong on anything. In general, of course, I have a pretty weird palette and tend to enjoy flavor combinations that others find strange (case in point: my Green Curry Mac & Cheese recipe). Whereas many people see something like this and probably have an immediate, visceral reaction of “Ew!”, I don’t. I actually think it would probably taste pretty awesome, and I’m probably not alone.

I can only imagine how something like this would have gone over with me just two or three years ago. Back during my most disordered eating days, capping off a “meal” of two chicken sandwiches, a junior whopper, and large fries with a bacon sundae might have been just the ticket. I shudder at the thought. Which is precisely why I need to give all fast food places (perhaps with the exception of the occasional visit to my beloved Chick-Fil-A, hehe) a wiiiiiiide berth.

I just don’t understand what the point of adding something like this to Burger King’s menu is. Especially now, when most fast food chains are revamping their menus to appeal to the healthy eating trend. I heard on the radio that KFC is working on reducing their sodium content across the menu by 20% and that other major fast food chains are reworking their kids’ menu offerings to be healthier. McDonald’s added oatmeal to their morning menu, and every Wendy’s commercial I see lately is advertising their latest chain of “gourmet” salads. BK’s latest menu addition just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me in light of all that, I guess.

I would say something about hoping that consumer responsibility is high enough that people won’t be tacking this thing onto their meals willy-nilly, but I don’t think I have enough faith in the average American consumer for that, haha. Oh well, supposedly this is a limited-time-only thing for BK’s special “Summer Menu”, which also will supposedly include items like BBQ pulled pork burgers and sweet potato fries. Hopefully, for the sake of prolonging the general lifespan of the American people, any interest sparked from morbid curiosity won’t be high enough to make the sundae a permanent menu item.

I say, if you’re really curious about how this might taste, make it yourself! A scoop of Breyers Natural vanilla ice cream (130 calories), a tablespoon of chocolate syrup over it (50 calories), and a strip of bacon (70 calories) on top. Your curiosity and taste buds will be (probably) satisfied for less than half the fat and calories of the original.

Would you be willing to try BK’s newest culinary creation?

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Posted on Apr 25, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food, Pup Posts, Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 6 comments

Lenten Lessons Learned (Weigh-In)

Well y’all, it’s official. Lent is over, and I’m off the vegan wagon (though not totally back to my fully omnivorous ways, as you already know if you read my last post!) After 40 days (and 40 nights) of being meat-free, egg-free, and almost totally dairy-free (oops…), here are 5 things I’ve learned:

1. Vegan food is good.

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Yup, you heard that right. It is. So many people automatically turn their noses up at the mere mention of the word vegan, but I bet you’d be surprised how many of your favorite foods are already vegan. Guacamole, anyone? Spaghetti marinara? Feel like a rice and bean burrito? Knock yourself out!

2. Being vegan at home is easy.

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It’s really not too hard when you’re cooking for yourself to stick to a vegan diet. There are a lot of easy staples to keep around and it’s fun to experiment with new proteins and trying to “veganize” versions of dishes you already know and love. I enjoy a challenge in the kitchen!

3. Being vegan in public is hard.

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I’m fortunate to live in an area where there are actually a lot of really great vegetarian and vegan restaurants (like Sunflower!), or at least places that will be accommodating if you have those kinds of dietary restrictions. However, I now know what it’s like to try to eat vegan-ly (not a word?) at pretty much any chain restaurant, and it is very difficult. Research your options ahead of time, and expect to feel a little tool-ish dictating your needs to your server. Be aware that these restaurants will put butter and chicken stock in EVERYTHING, even the things that seem passable at first glance. If you have a voice in choosing the restaurant and a vegetarian place isn’t an option, I suggest you go for Indian or Asian cuisine. Because they use very little dairy in their dishes anyway, just get a dish without meat and it’s likely to automatically be vegan.

4. Vegan does NOT necessarily equal healthy.

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There is a plethora of unhealthy food out there that just happens to be vegan. Guess what – chips? Vegan. Fries? Vegan (well, most of the time.) Becoming vegan does not automatically mean you’ll be a lean, green, healthy-eating machine. And in that same vein…

5. Becoming vegan is not a guaranteed way to lose weight.

A lot of people think that going on a vegan diet means you’ll automatically drop libbies left and right. Well, news flash: I have barely lost any weight over the past 6 weeks. I’ve maybe lost 2 pounds total over this entire period (you know, a loss there, a gain here, a plateau tossed in the middle.) I think that I’ve isolated the reason for this though (hooray for progress!) I don’t do well under any kind of forced deprivation (even when I force it on myself!) Not allowing me the possibility of having any meat, or cheese, or order what I wanted off a menu… well, I tried to compensate by filling up on more of the stuff I was allowed to eat. But I realize now that overeating is overeating, whether it’s with “healthy” foods or not! Lesson learned, Lent. See? That alone makes the experience totally worth it.

Okay, quick weekend recap: the pupperoos and I traversed to Milton, Delaware (near Rehoboth Beach) to spend Easter weekend with Steve and his family! Despite the fact that it didn’t start out great (it took me almost FIVE hours to drive the two and a half hours it SHOULD have taken!) it ended up being a really wonderful weekend. The rain Friday turned into hot and sunny weather Saturday and Sunday, and I really enjoyed the Easter festivities — aside from another lesson I was forced to learn, which is that Daxter gets carsick. Womp womp.

Lent ended for me exactly after midnight with…

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A Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge! Oh, cheese, how I’ve missed you!! So good. 😀

And life included a lot of other animal products as Easter Sunday continued, haha. I suffered for it later of course, as was to be expected, as I had to deal with some hardcore acid reflux last night before bed. Bleh. I shall keep the verbiage to a minimum and provide the following photo tour of my Easter weekend for you lucky peeps (ha! Get it? Peeps? Easter? Anyone?) 🙂

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Big thanks to Steve for taking the pictures since I was super lazy with the camera this weekend (what else is new, eh?) As you can see, it involved a lot of the dogs, sunshine, and bacon. Heehee. That last photo is of my iced up foot, which was rather unpleasantly stung while we were out walking the dogs. We think it was a wasp sting — it REALLY hurt. 🙁 I guess another one of those life experiences, I guess?

All right, last things last (haha? Oh, I’m so lame.) Drumroll, please…

Starting Weight: 246 lbs.
Last Week’s Weight: 197.4 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 196.0 lbs
This Week’s Loss: -1.2 lbs
Total Loss-to-Date: 50 lbs.

Huzzah! I’m almost back to my pre-birthday-weight, hahaha. I wasn’t expecting to lose anything, honestly, given that I’m sure my body needs to adjust to eating animal products once again but maybe the timeframe between meat-eating and weigh-in was too short for it to really be affected. Whatever, a loss is a loss and even though I’m not making the astounding progress I wish I was, I’ll take it!

Hot yoga‘s on the docket for this afternoon (and I’m actually excited for it! Who am I?!) now that my yoga muscles are fully back in working order, hehe. And this week I actually get to go into work a whole HOUR later than normal (and remember, normal is 7 AM) since my boss is on vacation! Hello sleep, I’ve missed you.

Did you learn any lessons from what you gave up for Lent? Or how about from any kind of dietary experimentation you’ve done in the past? Share with the group! 😉

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