Monday can be dangerous for me.
It’s supposed to be the beginning of a new week.
A new opportunity to attack this mountain I am climbing. A fresh start!
Unfortunately, it can sometimes be the start of a slump.
If I don’t get my week off on the right foot, I can quickly find myself in a rut.
If this happens then often the whole week is shot.
Before I know it, Friday has come and nothing was really accomplished.
So Monday needs to be like an adrenaline shot to the heart.
Something that really gets me fired up about losing weight, being healthy and getting fit!
So I’m posting this clip from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution all about the disgusting pink slime that fast food chains and frighteningly school cafeterias have been putting in hamburgers!
I can tell you that I have ingested a steady flow of McDonald’s hamburgers for years.
I went so often through their drive-thru that I literally became FRIENDS with the people at the window.
In fact, I actually was invited to the baby shower of an employee there because we saw each other twice a day for several years in a row.
She invited me to her baby shower.
That’s how often I went through the drive-thru at McDonald’s.
If “you are what you eat” and McDonald’s hamburgers are full of pink slime…well then–I’m pink slime.
Nice to meet you.
Here’s a clip of Jamie Oliver talking about how this pink slime is made.
Ever thought of cooking with your cleaning products? Me neither.
Now here’s a little disclaimer. McDonald’s has since made the decision to stop using the pink slime in their hamburgers.
However you have to stop and ask yourself…if they were willing to do this in the first place–what else are they putting in their food?
And what about all the other fast food restaurants? Carl’s Jr? Burger King? Jack in the Box?
Can we get a word from ya’? Where do you stand on this?
Even if McDonald’s has stopped doing this, I still have serious trust issues with them now!
This is an anxiety producing video for me.
I’m not really interested in eating dog food.
And yet from the sound of this video we might as well pull up to the drive thru and order a Quarter Pounder Alpo burger with a side of Kibble n Bits.
The thought of them slipping things like this into my food AND the food I feed my children sends chills up my spine!
My daughter freaks out if she thinks she swallowed a little bit of mouthwash because of the child danger label.
How would she feel about ammonia being mixed into the recipe of her happy meal?
I can’t say for sure if McDonald’s is putting disgusting things in their food and then covering them up with Big Mac sauce so we don’t notice.
But I do know this—I just associated that pink slime with McDonald’s hamburgers.
And this is one association that I will not soon forget.
So here’s the good news–by associating these two things together, I’ve now decreased my desire to eat there.
Good old classical conditioning.
More specifically this is “aversion therapy”—taking some undesirable behavior that you want to quit doing(like eating at McDonald’s so often you end up on the drive-thru window lady’s baby shower invitation list) and pairing it with something highly negative (or in this case disgusting, unappetizing and generally YUCKY!)
Anything I can do to keep myself away from the fast food window is a good thing.
Sooooo aversion therapy…start your engines!
Imagine pink slime being poured all over your cupcakes too.
No one said they’re doing that but since it’s so disgusting the visual picture of it should keep me out of the bakery aisle for awhile.
Yep that did it…I think I’m good now.
I won’t be craving any Big Macs or cupcakes for awhile.
I knew that psychology degree would be good for something some day!