And I can totally respect your position...sorry for my role in the puking icon...ever since seeing Supersize Me I can't help but feel that way...but I should have been more sensitive.
Basically...IMO it seems people eat fast food for it's convenience. Yes? I think a pp said that it isn't always convenient, I inferred that she was referring to the long term health consequeneces to eating food that doesn't serve us well. I can't agree with this more. There is so much evidence out there that indicates eating a diet rich in whole foods will give us better health, ward off disease and help us to feel better, have more energy, and a better frame of mind. And that is just us as adults. What about our children? I basically worry that though it's easy to pop a burger in her hungry little mouth and get instant gratification, that she will pay the consequences for this later in life, through poor eating habits of her own, disease, or obesity. We do all want what's best for our children...so why not help eachother find ways to avoid things that harm our kids.
Sooo...to be more specific, from what I have read, do and can see from this thread...here is my list of alternatives:
Fast food -
Subway, quizinos, wendy's salads, tim hortons (for us CDNS)
Pack sandwiches, cheese and crackers, bagels, fruit, sliced veggies, granola bars, or even leftovers for the car if you are out and kiddos need to eat.
Plan your day around your meals so to avoid getting to that hungry time of day and be in need of stopping somewhere.
Model what you want your kids to be doing. If you eat mcd's they will want to also. Show them healthy eating habits with moderation in foods that are a good treat but still have some value to them. (Smoothies, fruit salad, muffins, homemade burgers and oven baked fries (try sweet potato ones
Anyone else have ideas...this is my effort at sharing what I think will help us all be healthier individuals.