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:

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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.

 

5 Comments

  1. Hi ‘Chester’

    I would love if you could explain how the post was fat shaming? I am a fat, happy, proud and confident man (husband and father) who wants to feel better physically. Please share your thoughts.

    Paul

  2. Your fat shaming is wrong.

  3. Go you!

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