FAT Positive Friday #2

Now this one is kind of odd, but it really does bring me a lot of joy.    I really like doors with the push bar on them as they are the perfect height for my stomach to touch them first, to the point where I don’t need to use my hands on the door at all.

This is such a great skill that when I am holding a couple of things and need to get out quickly I just keep walking right into the door and through. Now you may be saying that I could go out bum first on these occasions, but you haven’t felt the power of a stomach extremity until you have used it to improve your life.

Interestingly there was a comment on the Bad Breakfast post I that said I was a ‘fat shamer’, without saying why.  I have to say this caught me by surprise as I don’t mind being fat at all and am quite happy at my size but for two things: 1) I don’t feel good and my health and well being are compromised and 2) there is a really bad selection of clothes in Canada for size 5XL.  I also want the use of the word fat to be less stigmatize and people more accepting for all sizes just as all other variations of humanity.


PART 2: Lunch on a bad day

We have talked about Part 1: Breakfast, so what does a ‘bad day’ lunch look like?  I would typically leave my office and drive about 10 blocks to the nearest restaurants with drive-thrus – Wendy’s, McDonald’s and A&W are in the same area.  I am not sure why I find the drive-thru so alluring, perhaps it has something to do with not having to get out of the car – that might need its own post.

Wendy’s burgers are my favorite so I would pull up to the menu board and order:

wendys triplewendys fries


A Triple (3/4 lbs): 1060 calories
Chocolate Frosty (small): 300 calories
Medium Fries (medium): 430 calories
Diet Coke (large): 0 calories

Total: 1790 Calories

Yes, this is one meal!  After eating my Wendy’s burger, I might decide that I wasn’t ‘full’ and often I would move along to McDonald’s and order 2 burgers from their $1.39 menu – a McDouble and a Junior Chicken.  With these burgers coming in at 370 calories and 380 calories respectively for an additional 750 calories, my lunch clocks in at:

2550 Calories

Let me remind you that breakfast was at 1530 calories…

Up next: Part 3, Supper


This morning I did an interview with CBC Radio’s Eyeopener.  Check it out below:

Eyeopener capture


Photo credit for Wendy’s Triple: https://foodpixer.wordpress.com/

PART 1: Breakfast – What a bad eating day would look like

On days when I rushed and hadn’t planned or prepared any meals the night before, I would often stop at McDonald’s for breakfast.  Sometimes I would eat breakfast at home or eat my lunch on the way to work and still stop for my breakfast take-out.  I love McDonald’s; from the fries to the greasy breakfast sausage there is nothing I won’t eat…well except the Shamrock Shake, its too much like drinking toothpaste.

Often the idea of McDonald’s for breakfast would start the night before, and once I started going, I often went each morning for the rest of the week.  I was able to turn off the part of me that knew I wasn’t making healthy choices – McDonald’s was king.

Typical Breakfast

2 Breakfast Burrito Meal (#4 on the menu board, yes I know that…)



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So this comes in at 290 calories per burrito, 160 for the hash brown and coffee with cream at 50 calories.  But this isn’t enough.  I always need an add on:


Sometimes it would be one Sausage McMuffin with no egg for 370 calories, usually it would be two.  Why the ‘no-egg’ option? Because it was cheaper and kept my breakfast under $10. After ordering, I would eat my breakfast in my car on the way to work, typically in under 10 minutes, bringing what was left of my coffee into the office.

Let’s do a tally…my bad day breakfast comes in at:

1530 Calories 

For some people this is how much they eat in one day and I would have consumed this before 8:00 am.  It felt normal, it even felt good to do this. These are the dangers that I feel lurk around every corner and concern me when I think about return to my obese ways.

Now that I am once again paying attention to what I am eating, I thought it would be interesting to see what is in this incredibly tasty concoction (one that I still crave…) from McDonald’s.ca:

Breakfast Burrito Meal

Egg Mixture: Pre-cooked eggs [whole eggs, skim milk, soybean oil, modified corn starch, salt, black pepper flavour (corn starch, spices, mixed triglycerides, flavouring, silicon dioxide, gelatin (pork), carboxymethyl cellulose, sodium benzoate, citric acid, gum acacia), black pepper extract, xanthan gum, citric acid, butter (cream), lipolyzed butter oil, flavours (plant and dairy source), artificial flavours], pre-cooked sausage (pork, water, salt, dextrose, spices, corn syrup solids, sugar), vegetables (tomatoes, green chilies, onions, calcium chloride, citric acid). CONTAINS: EGG, MILK.

Tortilla: Enriched bleached wheat flour, water, vegetable shortening (interesterified soybean oil, fully hydrogenated soybean oil), CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF THE FOLLOWING: sugar, potassium chloride, trehalose, flavouring preparation, salt, autolyzed yeast extract, baking powder, vital wheat gluten, soy monoglycerides, dough conditioner (sodium metabisulfite, corn starch, microcrystalline cellulose, dicalcium phosphate). CONTAINS: WHEAT, SOY.

Processed Cheese Slice: Cheese (milk, modified milk ingredients, bacterial culture, salt, microbial enzyme, lipase), modified milk ingredients, water, sodium citrate and/or sodium phosphate, salt, potassium sorbate , citric acid, soy lecithin, colour (annatto). CONTAINS: MILK, SOY.

Hashbrowns: Potatoes, canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, safflower oil, natural flavour (vegetable source), salt, dehydrated potato, vegetable monoglycerides, corn flour, dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate, extractives of black pepper, citric acid, dimethylpolysiloxane, cooked in vegetable oil [canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil (THBQ), citric acid, dimethylpolysiloxane].

Brewed Coffee: Water, 100% roasted Arabica coffee.

Sausage McMuffin ( No Egg)

English Muffin: Enriched bleached wheat flour, water, yeast, glucose-fructose, corn flour, salt, vegetable oil (canola and/or soybean), cornmeal, calcium sulphate, calcium propionate, citric acid, diacetyl tartaric acid esters of mono and diglycerides, artificial flavours, natural flavours (plant source), calcium silicate, enzymes, and may contain any or all of the following in varying proportions: wheat gluten, leavening (monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulphate, calcium carbonate), barley malt, ascorbic acid, potassium sorbate , wheat starch, azodicarbonamide. CONTAINS: WHEAT, BARLEY.

Processed Cheese Slice: Cheese (milk, modified milk ingredients, bacterial culture, salt, microbial enzyme, lipase), modified milk ingredients, water, sodium citrate and/or sodium phosphate, salt, potassium sorbate , citric acid, soy lecithin, colour (annatto). CONTAINS: MILK, SOY.

Sausage Patty: Pork, water, salt, dextrose, sugar, glucose solids, spices.

Trans Fat-Free Liquid Margarine: Canola oil, water, salt, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, soy lecithin, soy mono and diglycerides, potassium sorbate , artificial flavour, calcium disodium EDTA, colour (plant source), citric acid, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D3. CONTAINS: SOY.


When I look at everything that went into my favourite breakfast objectively, it sickens me to think about how many times I have eaten this food.  I am happy to say that I have not done a McDonald’s drive-by in the last three weeks, leaving an extra $80 in the bank.

Tomorrow we will look at a bad day of lunch.


Menu Plan October 24 to 30

I struggle with interesting and healthy ideas for those nights when we need to get out the door quickly.  Since lunches for the girls often involve sandwiches and I am a fan of the midday salad, I feel like I should be offering different choices for supper.  Often my different choice is Baked Mac & Cheese and a plate of chopped veggies.  Don’t get me wrong, Baked Mac & Cheese is a hit with the kids and Paul – in fact I know that I can put this dinner on the table and it will disappear down hollow legs without hearing the words ‘gross’, ‘disgusting’ or ‘no’.  The issue is that since September, this dish has been in weekly rotation and I think it would be nice to add to my quick meal repertoire without using my other staple – breakfast for supper.

If you have ideas to share, I would love to hear them.  Be forewarned, I am working under strict parameters…soups are a tough sell, as are stews, chilli and most other things that are one pot meals.  If it is green, it must be green beans or broccoli – no leaves please.  I do make meals from ‘the banned list’, but only when the whole family is together and we can take time with our food.

In this week’s plan, you will notice that Saturday and Sunday are missing.  We went away on the weekend and ate our meals in restaurants.  You will also notice that I have included baked Mac & Cheese for Thursday’s dinner, and that we planned homemade pizza for Monday when it was on our plan to eat last Friday.  We ended up joining friends for dinner last Friday so I had the ingredients ready to go for this week.

October 24 – 30

Saturday – Restaurant

Sunday – Restaurant

Monday – Homemade pizza and chopped veggie tray

Tuesday – Roast chicken, quinoa and roasted cauliflower

Wednesday – Mini quiche with broccoli and carrots

Thursday – Baked Mac & Cheese and chopped veggie tray

Friday – Pork chops, roasted potato and broccoli


Grocery List











Snap Peas


Lactose Free Milk

Lactose Free Cheese

Halloween Candy

Lunch Meat

Pumpernickel Bread

Milk – 2%