After my last post I’ve received a few requests to know what happened! First, my birthday boy had a great outing and I am very happy for that! Second, I did cave and ate with the family, but I lived to write about it 😉
As we drove to the nearest McD’s, I was saying to myself “I can’t believe I’m one of the ones blocking the left lane to pull into a gosh darned McD’s!” I was struck by the FULL parking lot and the very long drive through line. This place was VERY popular, on a Wednesday evening no less.
If you read the last post, you’ll remember that I wasn’t planning to eat McD’s. My husband predicted I would. I did, but not because I couldn’t resist the smell. I restated my desire to not eat, and was surprised that DH wanted to eat. He explained that by not eating we might make the 7 year old feel sad or bad or uncomfortable about his choice. DH argued that this was a family celebration and that we should at least share something.
While we were in line to order we were STARING at the menu board, saying “wasn’t there a Sinefeld episode or some other comedian who snarked that who would ever need to look at a menu in a McDonald’s!”
I had a “squishy cheesburger” (a term I had for them in college, when I mostly desired them after 2am), and agreed to split with DH the fries that came with my 3 year old’s Happy Meal (since they contain dairy!) The good news was that the Happy Meal fries are TINY now, so I only really ate a few. All Happy Meals automatically come with the apple slices, which is great for my 3 year old 🙂
One positive of DS choosing McD’s over, say a Japanese Steakhouse (which he loves), dinner for 5 was a whopping $15. DH and I didn’t eat much, but somehow I was full for a long time.
Now, I am not advocating McD’s here. I didn’t like food, nor how I felt after eating it. I didn’t like the mean kid who was bothering my kids in the play area, either. And mostly I was annoyed that my kids like these burgers over Elevation Burger. Its disturbing to me that the food is manipulated so much and yet the flavorings are powerful enough to make people LIKE the taste. Food science, people, its called food science.
Perhaps in revolt of my experience, or perhaps the culmination of our family birthday season and holiday season and general food excesses, I have recommitted our family to our healthy eating agenda this week, and I feel so much better for it! The meal plan and entire week’s grocery shop was done on Sunday, and I’m excited that we’ll be eating a variety of healthy, homemade food this week!
I hope you have a yummy week, too.