My family usually tries to avoid fast food. Ever since I made the switch to a healthier lifestyle early last year, we have seriously cut back on our intake of fast food. Every once in a while though, when we are in a rush and have not pre-planned though, we will stop and get something. As I was consuming chicken nuggets from a well known fast food chain yesterday, I started thinking about how fast food is a lot like crack. What is my reasoning? See the reasons listed below.
1. They Both Create Almost Uncontrollable Cravings
This may not make sense to everyone, but fast food is like a drug for many individuals who are addicted to food. Food addiction is serious business people, and for those who suffer from it, the cravings induced by the thought of a mouth watering burger can often propel people off the couch and right into the drive thru lane. Just like crack addicts will leave any time of the day or night to get their fix, so will those who are addicted to fast food.
2. They Both Can Take a Toll on Your Bank Account
You may think it is silly to compare the cost of fast food to that of crack, but have you seen the menu prices in the restaurants lately? If you eat out twice a day even 3 days a week, you can rack up quite a bill, especially if you are taking your whole family with you. Our family of six spent $27 yesterday. Now imagine if we did that several times a week or even more than once a day.
3. You Buy Them Both From Your Car At Often Shady Times Of The Night
Most drive thrus are now open 24/7, making it possible for you to get your fast food fix at 2am. Think about it, both crack and fast food can be bought under the cover of darkness without ever leaving your vehicle.
4. They Do Terrible Things to Your Body
It may take fast food a little longer to destroy your body than crack, but it will do at least as much damage if you continue to eat it on a regular basis for an extended period of time. While the medical and physical risks are obviously different, they are similar in severity.
5. They Both Release Endorphins Into The Blood Stream
This kind of goes hand in hand with the addictive part, but both crack and fast food release endorphins or “feel good hormones” into your blood stream to give you a sense of euphoria. These things trick you into feeling good and provide a quick fix for those who need an emotional pick me up.
Bet you didn’t know that fast food and crack were so similar!