This blog is written by Megan, the campus ambassador for Champlain College!
As the semester continues to get busier and busier, I am finding it easier and easier to justify
stopping in quickly to Burger King or McDonald’s to have a meal on-the-go. I know many of you are in the same boat, and really, it’s no surprise! Most of us don’t have the time or energy to put into making a large meal with 3-4 meals worth of leftovers to take to work/school/internships with us, and then you have to carry it around with you all day. Flashback to bringing “cold” lunch to school in 5th grade, anyone?
Here are my unfortunate setbacks that I am noticing with my body:
I feel sluggish and tired hours after eating a fast food meal—not really the effect I’m looking for
when I’m stopping in for a quick lunch before I rush back to my internship.
Fast food becomes addictive quickly! The staff are able to get you in and out very fast, but all
the chemicals and preservatives used to keep the food “fresh” and “edible” keep you craving
more. Once you start it’s hard to stop.
I feel “fat”—normally I don’t like myself or others using the ‘f-word’ as it usually has really
negative connotations, but after eating fast food my self-esteem really takes a hit, and I feel
embarrassed about how addicted I feel…but I still end up buying fast food at least three
times per week. I also don’t really have time or motivation in my schedule to exercise…which
compounds the problem.
So, my advice? Quit cold turkey. You’re buying fast food as often as I am, you’re probably spending
at least an extra $15/week that you could save to try new make-up, hair, or skin products; or to pay
back towards your loans! (Hey, don’t laugh about a $15 payment on a loan. That’s an extra $15 you
won’t continue to be taxed on for years to come).
Let me know how you are all handling your lunchtime/supper situations with the work/school/
internship balance by commenting below!