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post #321 of 378
We eat it once every few months or so. Neither dh nor I grew up eating fast food often (heck, neither of our towns even HAS a fast food store STILL). It was a rare, rare treat. I went through a phase where I ate BK almost every other week or so, then stopped. Now I eat fast food very sparingly because it really does make me feel sick.

Still...some Sundays it is 12:30 by the time we leave church and if I haven't put something in the crockpot or planned a 15 minute meal it is easier to deal with tired boys if we go to McD's (although Panera Bread is my choice, but pricier).

I would rather let them experience it every now and then than to have it be the forbidden and mysterious fruit; I've been down that road and it led to a scary cycle of binge and starve when I was finally in control of my choices.

So for me now nothing is forbidden and that includes McD's. If I am having an absolute craving for fries, I get the fries. And I can go months in between and never want them, and a few will satisfy me. But that's how I view food, everything in moderation, eat mostly good stuff.
post #322 of 378
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Originally Posted by KaraBoo View Post
I don't know about genetics but I still crave KFC when I see an ad or smell it when driving or walking by. My younger dd refuses to eat any fast food. Heck, her "junk food" consists of organic tortilla chips and Haagen Daas She also has never had a soft drink because she thinks they are "gross." I, however, enjoy a Coke a few times a year.
craving KFC is probably because of all the msg. most fast food has it, and theirs definitely does.

and well..i try not to eat mcdonalds. i have had a thing for wanting their fries. ugh. im currently in love with chick-fil-a and sonic ice cream unfortunately.
my mom got mcdonalds a couple weeks ago and got me a mcflurry which is a total treat from her, she used to wouldnt. im pregnant and she knows ice cream is what i can eat sometimes, and i love m&ms..anyway. eww. it tasted all chemically
post #323 of 378
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Originally Posted by Ackray View Post
We don't live anywhere near a McDonalds. So anytime we can get it (like 3 times a year at the very very most), we do! It's really quite delicious when you can't have it when you want it.
I hadn't eaten it for a couple years, probably 3 or so. Then I was stuck unexpectedly* at a motel in the middle of California, at 11pm, where there was quite literally no other choice within miles, and I had 3 kids to feed. Even the gas station had nothing but flavored Doritos, and surely McDonald's can't be as bad as THAT much MSG and food dyes.

Then I didn't eat it for over 7 years after that time. Then a certain *ahem* someone talked me into caving to my silly Big Mac craving and I got one. It was actually tasty, so I got another one a week or two later. It tasted gross again so I'm back to not getting it.


*I hadn't even had time to pack clothes, much less food, before getting notice, at 3pm, that I had to be on the road to drive 500 miles literally spur of the moment- it was a sudden resolution to a drawn out custody/kidnapping case and I had to go pick up my son RIGHT THEN. I got the surprise call, gathered the kids and jumped into the car.
post #324 of 378
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Originally Posted by mhurst View Post
I know it is dreadfully unhealthy but I love fast food. I understand the implications and how it relates to factory farming and corporate greed and general obesity...but I love fast food. Moderation is the key. The kids eat nuggets and apple slices and white milk. I eat big macs and fries.


I know, it's dreadfully uncool to like fast food these days. But I just can't get enough of it. We buy it for a treat every now and then and funnily enough, my kids aren't that interested. DD calls Happy Meal toys "stupid toys" and will eat maybe half a nugget and then the ice from our drinks when we've finished (she's a bit nutty) ... then we'll go home and she'll ask for a bowl of veggies!!!
post #325 of 378
I have no problems with McDonald's. I don't feel that our meals are all that unhealthy. We don't do free-range. But we are big skinless chicken breast eaters. We get grilled chicken sandwiches (with no mayo) or salads with grilled chicken. I don't get fries. (Though my husband does and gives the kids a few from his fries). The kids share one 6 piece nugget happy meal with apples slices and milk. Now, I totally don't get how people eat McDonald's breakfasts. There's not a single thing on that menu that doesn't gross me out, unless orange juice can be counted!

It's very hot here in the summer - the playgrounds are too hot to safely play on. There are some McDonald's with huge playlands. It's a fun outing. The kids also enjoy Subway and Souper Salad (a salad bar place) so I'm not concerned about a couple chicken mcnuggets causing havok on their systems.
post #326 of 378
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Originally Posted by Ackray View Post
We don't live anywhere near a McDonalds. So anytime we can get it (like 3 times a year at the very very most), we do! It's really quite delicious when you can't have it when you want it.
This. Totally. The nearest McD's to us is an hour away and we still only eat it like 6 times a year. But when we do it's soooooooo good! I eat either theBig Mac Combo *drool* or I'll swing through the drive thru and grab a 1.99 chicken sandwich.

Our DD (10 months) hasn't tasted it yet though and probably won't for a few years yet.

Great. Now I want a big mac.

Thanks :P
post #327 of 378
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Originally Posted by Let It Be View Post
Ew. Not a McDonald's fan - we prefer to eat Whataburger, but feel totally gross afterwards. This happens about 6x a year.

Ooooooh. I totally miss Whataburger. Late night taquitos remind me of my wayward youth. ((sigh))

That will definitely be on my list (as will Chick Fil A) when I eat my way through Texas next month. mmmmmmmm :
post #328 of 378
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Originally Posted by trinity6232000 View Post
I think mostly cause it's cheap. Because the truth is a family that wants to go out to dinner, Mom, Dad, 2-3 kids can't afford to go anywhere else.
We never found McDs to be cheap. When there were three of us having a meal, it was easily $20 here. We haven't been in years - I won't go, dd1 has a gluten allergy, dd2 has been brainwashed, dh goes alone .

We can have a full family meal at Ikea for way less than McDs would cost us, and there are a couple of family restaurants that are about the same for an all day breakfast.
post #329 of 378
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Originally Posted by Irishmommy View Post
We never found McDs to be cheap. When there were three of us having a meal, it was easily $20 here. We haven't been in years - I won't go, dd1 has a gluten allergy, dd2 has been brainwashed, dh goes alone .

We can have a full family meal at Ikea for way less than McDs would cost us, and there are a couple of family restaurants that are about the same for an all day breakfast.
I think there are a few more McD's around than there are Ikeas! Even back in MD, the closest Ikea was about 45 minutes away.

Plus, drive-thrus are such a blessing when you don't want to fight your child in and out of the carseat again!
post #330 of 378
I love bacon cheeseburgers from McDonalds, they are quite possibly the best tasting "food" ever. If I didn't know McDonalds was bad for me I'd eat it every week. Why does all the good tasting food have to be so bad for you?!
post #331 of 378
We dont eat there because 1rst it is not Kosher, but 2nd I like keeping Kosher because I don't have to argue that 1) I don't know where that meat came from and 2) eating meat and cheese together is bad for digestion. Don't get me wrong, we ate it growing up and up until 4 or 5 years ago, just a whiff of a Mc-D's cheese burger would get me salivating. And the yummy fries, oh the yummy fries. When I was pregnant w/ my last one I will admit to a McGriddle or two. Yummy sweetness. Triaf (non-Kosher) is permitted if a pregnant woman is craving it!
post #332 of 378
Our neighborhood has a really nice, clean McDonald's play land. It's one of six of these "super" playlands that were built in the last few years, and it's really big and nice, with a great kids' bathroom too. The lady who manages the playland is really nice, she has a little boy and knows how important it is to keep the whole area clean and as germ-free as possible. There are big comfy pleather chairs for the adults and it's actually quite relaxing to take DS there for a nice coffee break in our morning. I don't like him to eat off of their main menu very often (he's not that interested anyway--he just wants to play) but for the price of a cup of coffee I have a nice, warm, fun, safe, and welcoming place for my little boy and me to blow off some energy during the long Minnesota winters. And for that I am very, very grateful!!
post #333 of 378
We eat there because it is sooooo yummy! I'm not too bothered about whether or not its 'real' food...we don't eat it everyday so its not a big deal for us. McChicken and fries...YUMMY!!
post #334 of 378
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Originally Posted by Irishmommy View Post
We never found McDs to be cheap. When there were three of us having a meal, it was easily $20 here.

You were going for full meals - the 6 of us fill up for about $22-23...double cheeseburgers, mcchicken, snack wraps and chicken nuggets, fries and sharing drinks. Still not cheap, especially when I can feed 6 of us for $5 or less at home, but there's no way I could afford to get a full meal for all the kids. I don't even buy happy meals, and DH is the only one with a problem with that cause he wants the new star wars toys
post #335 of 378
Because they don't live in the Pacific Northwest where there is BURGERVILLE : http://burgerville.com/#page:/|secNum:1000 :
post #336 of 378
- It's chemically engineered

- It's greasy beyond belief

- It's so full of preservatives, it'll stay 'good' for years

- It's expensive (compared to a home-cooked meal)

- McDonalds cuts down an insane amount of rain forest

- Their Happy-Meal toys are all made in China (in sweatshops in the 90's)

That being said:

A Big Mac + large fries (with tartar sauce to dip) + 4 piece nuggets (with sweet & sour AND bbq sauce) + a large coke = to die for.

I don't eat there much, especially if I have the kids with me. Maybe once every few months (too much, I know). I grew up on that food, it's literally my comfort food and has a very strong emotional tie for me.

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Originally Posted by PGNPORTLAND
Because they don't live in the Pacific Northwest where there is BURGERVILLE
mmmmmmm... haven't been there in years - the closest on is probably 1.5 hours away. Sad.
post #337 of 378
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Originally Posted by SAHDS View Post
- It's chemically engineered

- It's greasy beyond belief

- It's so full of preservatives, it'll stay 'good' for years

- It's expensive (compared to a home-cooked meal)

- McDonalds cuts down an insane amount of rain forest

- Their Happy-Meal toys are all made in China (in sweatshops in the 90's)
These are reasons for eating at McDonalds? Dude, read the OP.

I LOVE an egg mcmuffinn...oh, yeah sometimes I'll get a Quarter Pounder.
post #338 of 378
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Originally Posted by lolalola View Post
These are reasons for eating at McDonalds? Dude, read the OP.

Wow, that was rude.

If you'd read my entire post, maybe you would see the reason(s) I cited for eating at McDonalds.

My point was that even though there are all of these bad things associated with McDonalds and so many reasons not to eat there, I still do eat there (seldomly) because it is SO good and is my emotional comfort food.
post #339 of 378
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Originally Posted by Periwinkle View Post
We "eat" at McDonalds once or twice a year on long road trips. The kids get a Happy Meal with chocolate milk, and all three of them are like ::: in the backseat even though all they eat is the cheeseburger and the chocolate milk (they hate the fries). Dh gets a fish sandwich (ewww) and I get some sort of "salad" and a Diet Coke. They are fully aware that this counts squarely in the category of "treat food" and isn't something they'd want to eat every day or even every month.

We do it for the following reasons:

* I honestly do it to prove to myself that I have not gone off the deep end and taken a value of being organic & local and turned it into a major obsessive-compulsive perfectionist thing where I start to break into a cold sweat worrying about a tiny cheeseburger once a year from McDonalds

* Convenience - I always pack lunch on the way TO somewhere, but sometimes can't on the trip heading home (esp. if we've been camping or at the beach etc., it's really hard since we've invariably run out of food and are just trying to make a quick exit and get back home)

* It provides lots of conversation topics that actually go in my favor... a la "How come these cheeseburgers taste sweet?" or "I don't like these French Fries - what are they made of? They don't TASTE like potatoes to me..." or "This box is really big - it didn't have to be this big"
I totally agree with this whole post except that my 6 year old has never met a cheeseburger he didn't like. I also tell them how little the person (likely a child made) making the toy.

We make 4-8 900 mile round trips to visit grandparents each year. We eat fast food about once per trip and that's it.

I can't eat beef from McDonalds. I'm omni and like beef just fine, but I just can't choke it down after eating grassfeed beef for several years. I can eat the chicken which intellectual is just as gross to me.
post #340 of 378
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Originally Posted by PGNPORTLAND View Post
Because they don't live in the Pacific Northwest where there is BURGERVILLE : http://burgerville.com/#page:/|secNum:1000 :

Ohhh, yeah. Now you're talkin'.

If somebody would open one of these in Corvallis, they'd have a really successful franchise. We have to go to Albany or Monmouth to get Tillamook cheeseburgers, sweet potato fries, walla walla onion rings, and blackberry milkshakes!
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