Good Morning everyone! It's Monday! I only know because it's been, well, mayhem at my house!
So for today's Momversation Rebecca Woolf of Girl's Gone Child asks are companies to blame for the fatty food or are we as the consumers?
I'm placing the blame on both parties.
First of all A Double Down from KFC sounds like medical term for a heart attack! And more than likely that what could happen with this sandwich alone being almost 500 calories I'm surprised they didn't call it the "Cardiac Arrest".
Why on earth would a company come up with a sandwich like this? With concerns for obesity and diabetes wouldn't companies try to find an alternative to their fatty counterparts?
This sandwich and other crazy ideas for meals are many way to get consumers into the stores, they want something new, different and cheap that will keep their consumers from going to the other million fast food joints in your area.
Speaking of consumers, I think we all have a part in this as well. We are a society on the go! What's not convenient about going somewhere and picking something up when you are in a time crunch?
My kids and I got to fast food places for the same reasons that Maria Young of Immoral Matriarch goes, it easy if I'm out with the kids during lunch or dinner and didn't plan for anything.
But does convenient mean bad?
There are sandwich shops and places where you can get soups or salads that is just as speedy as a fatty fast food place.
I try my hardest not to go and if I do I try to make healthier choices for them- they have never drank pop, they will get milk or a juice and one Happy Meal gets a side order of apple slices and the other has fries and I split them both so they are not consuming so much fat but they are still getting a fruit.
When Cpl. Mayhem leaves for a course or tour the night leaves is usually an "eat out night", the last thing on my mind is cooking for two stressed kids who are confused with dad leaving so it becomes something they look forward to. I remember when McDonald's was a treat when I was kid! It was once in a blue moon, where now it's as common as someone sneezing.
Its the choice of the consumer to pick those healthier options for them and their kids.
I'm a big believer in there being a way to eat healthier on a budget and fast. I know it can be done, but in the area I'm living the town as been fighting tooth and nail with the grocery store who has a field day gouging their consumers for their fruits and vegetables and only to have them be second rate produce! Thank goodness the summer is close by because this is the season for local produce and we tend to eat much better than in the winter.
The idea of setting my kids up for shorter lifespans, diabetes, weight issues, self esteem issues and giving their peers the ammunition for bullying has giving me a huge reason to self evaluate what I do in my home as well as out of the house.
Who do you think is to blame? The companies that come up with things like the Double Down or the consumers who purchase them?