I love the country from which I’m from, but we have to many fast food joints and restaurants, no one eats home cooked meals anymore. It makes it so hard to make good healthy meals for yourself when you pass by a million places in a row on one street and you can smell the food!
I think it’s difficult to avoid temptation in any country. The trick is to remember why you are cutting out the junk food and lowering your calories. Eating healthier food will make you feel and look better.
I would recommend entering a few of your favourite fast food meals into your diary to see how many calories they come to. This alone is a great deterrent.
I think it is better to eat real food. For breakfast most mornings, I have a half cup of oatmeal (150 calories). The oatmeal that I eat is in the old tube (100% whole grain). Stay away from those flavored packets that contain all kinds of sugars and stuff.
The 100% whole grain oatmeal is a great way to get in some bulk, that fills the stomach and it is also a good mix of protein and carbs to start off the morning. For an added bonus, you get 4 grams of fiber in that serving too. It is almost a perfect food.
I add a packet of splenda and some cinnamon, mix it up and eat it. One day a week, I’ll add Sugar Free low calorie syrup instead of the splenda to give me some variety in taste.
Those drinks (Ensure, Slimfast, etc.) contain a lot of junk that you really don’t need. If you want a vitamin, then take a vitamin without the extra fats and calories.
Home cooked meals are cheaper, lower in calories and better for you in general. However, also remember that if you get a little extra exercise and avoid temptation you may find that you have a few calories left over at the end of the week to treat yourself to something a little more naughty.
Sometimes you just need a greasy burger. And McDonalds has the best fries ever. I’m like you, if you’re going to McDonalds, what’s the point of having something you have all the time at home anyway? No way I’m getting a fast food salad! Now, if I had to eat at McDonalds on a regular basis, I’d make better choices. But once in a while, you just need that fat, grease, cholesterol, etc!! It’s so yummy! And allowing myself that stuff once in a while is what keeps me sane and able to stay on the fitness trail the rest of the time(mostly!)