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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 Oct 18, 2010 in Weigh Ins | 10 comments

Weigh-in #9

Happy Monday, everybody. Thanks for all your messages of support over the past few days, it really means a lot to me. Well, I might as well cut right to the chase with this week’s weigh-in:

217.8 lbs.

So that means I’ve gained .4 lbs over this past week. Sigh. It’s frustrating, but at the same time I can’t really be that upset because I wasn’t anticipating a big loss. I didn’t monitor my eating as well as I should have, and I ate a lot over the weekend. But still, a gain? This is my first real gain since I’ve started this process and although cognitively I knew it would happen eventually, it is still upsetting.

It’s extra disheartening because I actually actively worked on the exercise part of this thing this past week! I ran Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, which is more than I had done the rest of my journey put together. I just need to be really careful that I don’t overcompensate for the fact that I exercised with eating more. Because I am pretty sure that’s what happened this week. So I  need to be more aware of balancing the eating and exercising together – being half-assed about it won’t help me lose half my ass (bahaha.)

I mean, I guess I’m not really that upset when you compare this news to other news I’ve received recently. I obviously still am working to get down to my goal weight, but calorie-counting just wasn’t on the forefront of my mind this week. But I realize that I can’t think that this isn’t still important, because it is. It might not have been cancer, but every pound that kept creeping up onto the scale month after month was killing me. Sure, it’s slow. It might not even have really been immediately apparent that it’s a problem. But being overweight, obese, it’s a death sentence. One way or another — diabetes, heart issues, digestive problems, issues with your joints, bones, muscles, the list goes on — it is. This is why it needs to change. I need to keep pressing forward, and I need to emerge victorious at the end. Because this is me, saving my life. Sure, I‘m not thrilled about this week’s results, but I am certainly not about to let .4 lbs knock me off track.

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