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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

All THAT over a BURGER???

Hello all! It's Wednesday already! This week is flying by. Thank goodness since this first week of the challenge is......well.......a challenge. Several people asked what challenge I'm talking about. And for those who don't know you can find out here and here.  It is very restrictive and radical at first, but morphs into a pretty decent healthy diet. It is basically a diet that someone who will have or has had gastric bypass surgery will follow.

I joined the challenge because I had frankly been floundering with my diet. And by floundering I mean eating flounder and beef and chicken and cookies and potatoes and veggies and just too much. This is a way of re-committing and getting my mind off food. It's not for everyone. To be honest I didn't think it was for me. But, 3 days in and I am doing well and already seeing results. (Official weigh in later).  It has greatly simplified my life in that food is not an option for me at all. And again I say I really think I needed this. Of course by next week, I may change my mind. But, right now, I'm doing fine. I'm peeing A LOT. More than usual and the other bathroom issue is....not an issue.

So today  In-and-Out-Burger opened a few miles from here. The ENTIRE Dallas area is all buzzing about this. There were people waiting in line for like 6 hours today. FOR. A. BURGER. What's wrong with this country? I wouldn't wait in line for 6 hours for free lobster, let alone a burger. Even the best burger on the planet is not worth this kind of buzz. I just kept thinking that if all these people would get THAT excited about working out, we might not have an obesity crisis in America. I remember when Krispy Kreme came here and it was the same thing. It's a sad commentary on what we value. There were parents who took their kids out of school and stood in that line to feed them burgers and fries. A pile of fat and cholesterol. Basically they had their kids miss school and stand in line to feed them food that can kill them.  They just taught their children that THIS kind of food is more important than ANYTHING. What a bad bad bad lesson.

Sorry to go off on a rant, but it's just that kind of thinking that got me where I was a year ago. That food is worth whatever cost. That the only way I can REALLY be happy and live and enjoy life is by eating that crap. It was a lesson taught to me by my family. To place that kind of emotional importance on our food is DANGEROUS. It's killing us. Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer.....the list goes on an on. It's just plain sad and infuriating and I WISH someone had discussed this stuff with me when I was a kid.  Better yet, I wish someone in my life had been living a good example for me, showing me there's another way.

Not that you shouldn't be able to have a burger now and then. Like..... MORE THEN THAN NOW.  The problem is that eating that way is common place now. And a lot of people eat that way even when they cook at home, if they do. I know patients that think cooking a frozen pizza is COOKING. Sigh......  We just have to STOP making such a big deal out of really unhealthy foods. The media doesn't help. It's been all over the news and radio and they make it look like THE place to be and THE food to eat.  Truth is NO ONE no matter what their weight or how "healthy" should eat that kind of food on a regular basis.

AND why can't we invent a healthy drive through? Like with veggies and grilled fish or something? I have 3 kids and I know some days cooking is not an option. Some times your schedule is crazy. Sometimes you just don't WANT to deal with it and you want something easy. But there really is no HEALTH food drive through. WHY NOT?

Anyway, it will be a long long time before I go to In-and-Out. For one thing the challenge won't be over until July 31st. And for another thing......THE CROWDS! I've never had one of their burgers. I just find it hard to believe that they live up to the hype. And you know what's really great?  I don't even care about finding out. NOW tell me my thinking on food hasn't changed. Take THAT fat-girl me.

 Rant over....

 And now question day from Suzi:
1. How many pillows do you use?? One, sometimes none.

2. Do you own a bike? Yes, but I haven't ridden in a while. Having little kids that can't keep up has limited us. One project for the summer is to get the girls riding big girl bikes. Then, we can take family rides.
3. Would you describe yourself as active? Somewhat active? Not really active at all?? I think I'm active now. I just realized that I can say that without any hesitation whatsoever. Yeah me!

4. Do you eat certain foods in moderation or do you need to stay away from them altogether? There are things I should just not do. Like potato chips. Crackers, especially gold fish. And cereal.

5. What are you having for dinner tonight? I'm having liquids on the challenge food. But, I do get some watermelon and jello later. Yummy!

So what do you think? Would you stand in line 6 hours for a burger? Have you had one of these AWESOME burgers? Do you think they are REALLY that awesome? Do you think the hype and importance we place on food plays a role for you? How do we change it?


  1. I admit it... we ate at one while in LA last month. The line for the drive thru was around the block; we went inside. It was tasty but I wouldn't wait for it if not traveling like that and wanting to see what the hype was about. After my trip I found out you can order the burgers in lettuce instead of a bun but it's not on the menu. No, I would not wait 6 hours. Or even one hour.

  2. I wouldn't wait 6 hours... or even 1, either. I like a good burger as much as the next person, but my time is a wee bit more valuable than that.

    I didn't even hit the Krispy Kreme store here until it had been open a few weeks and even then I would have driven away with the wait if I hadn't made a commitment to others to get the darned donuts.

    Oh well.

  3. I ate at In-and-Out when I was in California last month - not our first choice, but we had been shopping with a pretty patient 9-year-old and this was what SHE wanted, so we suffered (lol). The burgers are good, but I still say the best burger I ever had was at the Aptos Burger (and I went back this year to confirm. Yep. Still the best). I wouldn't wait in line for any food unless I was starving - like, natural-disaster-out-of-food starving. A Chuy's Mexican restaurant opened in our town in January and we finally went there for the first time last month, because no way were we going to wait 2 hours for food. (BTW their fresh salsa is really good) But yeah, people who buy into the hype of the burger, or Krispy Kreme - remember when they came to Texas? Madness. Over a donut. If there is something worse for you than a burger and fries, it's a donut. And yet people were doing the same thing...so dumb.

  4. Hi Dr. F...

    I'm on the challenge too, and I now considered myself to be "bathroom challenged," as I rely on having one nearby at all times. However, it's going well--better than I thought it would, and I really needed this jump start. I also got off-track over the very difficult winter.

    As far as the burger place goes, I don't know of any around here (MN), but I do remember when Krispy Kreme came to town. Such excitement, but what is strange is that the store went out of business within a year. The building is still vacant, several years later. I guess people can be fickle about the latest trend in food.

    Hang in there, Doc. The challenge is pretty challening right now, but as you said, it does morph into a pretty decent food plan. Reading your blog is helpful for me!

  5. I have one son that likes i&o and the other thinks its just another worthless ff place. Been there and its ok but it I was choosing i'd go to 5guys in Southlake, though it's been a while since i went there. We must all be getting hungrry....biscuits and gravy from Allan and we're discussing burgers. As to healthy ff.....grilled chicken, salads, or even a baked potato is fine but my kids generally wanted the burger and fries so I have to wonder if one existed if could make a go of it? Anne mentioned a place in the Dallas area that had healthy prepared food to go that sounded good. Enjoy tonight dessert and can't wait until next week.

  6. I do like the In n Out Burger Wraps!
    It means I don't have to go all the way to California to get one!
    At least I didn't camp out there overnight!
    On the other hand, what a great place for a Blogger Meet Up!

  7. Best Wishes in Phase 6! Never been to In n Out Burger. No, I wouldn't stand in line for 6 hrs for any kind of food. I'm not sure that there anything I would stand in line 6 hours to eat, do or see. I was out running errands last week and I was stomach growling hungry, but I couldn't think of one fast food place that would have anything that I really wanted to eat. So I just waited until I got home.

  8. I grew up in So Cal, I sure as hell miss In-n-Out... would be great if we had them out in CO.

    wouldn't wait 6 hours but I would definitely go. I eat a burger every couple months. There is a happy medium.

  9. Although I 100% agree that it's crazy how hyped up our nation is about food, In n Out is great. I am a so cal girl so In&Out has been around here for as long as I have. The menu is simple and all ingreagients are fresh. The fries are cut from a potato right in front of you. There is a ton of secret ways to order, like 4x4 (don't ask) and animal style, etc. You can order your burger wrapped in lettue, etc. If had a choice between the petrified golden arches and In&Out I would choose In&Out, but my kid only eat chicken nuggets so he wouldn't eat there. I wish he would eat a burger.
    amy at http://findingfitme.blogspot.com/

  10. Yes, lining up for food just isn't appealing. I remember when Krispy Kreme fist came to Canada and the line would be out the door every time the light came on. Now they're mainly closed here and the lines, non-existent for the few left open. Food fads come and go, but we toil on.

  11. Dr. F., this is so preposterous, I've waited out Blogger for two days to make a response! I know we're all supposed to be into personal responsibility, but this is one crazy environment we're all operating in.


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