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Escaping fast food - November 16th 2013, 10:58 PM

I'm trying to get away from fast food. It's obviously not healthy and it's also nasty to think of how they make the food. The only problem is I don't buy the food I eat, my parents do. Does anyone know of a way to somehow convince your parents to stop getting fast food and start getting real food?

The only other option would be to start working, but I don't balance school and work very well.
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Re: Escaping fast food - November 17th 2013, 02:03 AM

Try explaining how eating food that is prepared at home is healthier for you. Like you said, the fast food out there isn't really all that healthy. Also alot of the food you can buy in the store and prepare yourself, in the end is a lot cheaper than buying fast food so it would save money. If the issue is time, there's a lot of meals that can be prepared ahead of time then frozen or just set in the fridge till later cooking or just eat as is.
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Re: Escaping fast food - November 17th 2013, 06:33 PM

I actually had this problem a lot with my parents and whenever I brought it up my mother would start questioning me as if she was looking for signs of an eating disorder. We ate out every weekend and I eventually just quit eating on the weekends.

The way I solved the problem was I emphasized how much I love fruits and vegetable and I would ask my mother to buy stuff to make salads. Whenever, we went out to eat I would order a chicken salad or something from the fast food place and after a few months my mother got the hint. She started buying me organic chicken salad from the store whenever it was a fast food night and she eventually just quit going out to eat as often. Maybe try that?

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Re: Escaping fast food - November 17th 2013, 06:44 PM

Try suggesting something you'd like making for supper, pick something you KNOW they'd like...they might want you to make it again, or maybe be inspired to try making it themselves, try introducing new EASY recipes to them that will inspire them to buy healthy food you can make at home. Honestly what I did probably wouldn't work for you. I lived alone with my Dad for the last 4 years before I moved out on my own and I just bitched at him until he listened and lectured and guilted him into eating healthy. Plus he wanted to lose weight he was just too stubborn to give up the icecream...since I'm a bit of a health nut.

But really just try taking baby steps, find ONE or two things you could convince them to buy that you know they will like too, then next time, find two or three. If they go for frozen pizza tell them you wanna make it yourself for them, small things like that.

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Re: Escaping fast food - November 17th 2013, 07:25 PM

If shopping and time are issues. Offer to go shopping for them. Then offer to prepare meals ahead of time or most of the meals at least.
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Re: Escaping fast food - November 17th 2013, 09:02 PM

Maybe one thing you can do is look up some recipes that you can suggest to them. If they are still hesitant to try, maybe you can offer to be the one to cook it, or at least help cook it, so that they don't even have to do that. It can be a family meal that you can all sit down and eat.

There are a lot of recipes you can prepare in advance and freeze, or there are even recipes that take 30 minutes or less, so if time is an option maybe you can look into those. I know my sister and I did a lot of cooking one weekend when she had off so she could just stick it in the oven and then eat it.

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Re: Escaping fast food - November 18th 2013, 11:31 AM

Honestly, healthier food is normally cheaper. Most people don't believe that but it really is. You just have to be clever about what you buy. My sister used to eat a lot of junk food but since she become pregnant she has started eating healthier food and has saved money. Maybe if you tell them that they may be more inclined to eat healthier food

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Re: Escaping fast food - November 20th 2013, 02:01 AM

I see. That makes sense. Thanks y'all!

Adalia: My family thought I had an eating disorder too. I lost like [Edited.] after I started eating less because I felt like the fast food was breaking me out.

Jess: Lol that's funny that you bitched at him and stuff. I guess you could say I'm a passive health nut.

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Re: Escaping fast food - November 23rd 2013, 02:53 AM

Fast food is good but we dont have to make a routine because it is not healthy. Junk food contains rich fats. It can be become the reason of gaining weight.
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