{Un}Happy Meals – Food for Thought

Let’s face it, in the hustle and bustle of everyday life we all find it hard to stay away from McDonalds. I mean, come one, it’s SO easy and those meals have toys, and the playground is So.Much.Fun!

I stumbled across this infographic on Pinterest, and to be honest, it makes me unhappy. On a daily basis our children are slammed with sly marketing tactics for junk toys, sugary cereals, and unhealthy fast food meals. It happens everywhere! While I personally disagree with government involving themselves in decisions we should be making for ourselves and our families, I do think we need to take action. That action involves NOT falling prey to the ease of fast food, drive-thrus, the promise of a quick meal on the go, the whining and begging from our kids for that awesome toy in the kids meal. If we say no, then companies like McDonald’s will be forced to make changes because their marketing ploys will no longer be making them billions.

We as parents are responsible for what our children are ingesting; food and knowledge. Teach your kids, be honest with them. It’s the only way they will learn.

Because we follow the Feingold diet, we have a completely open and honest dialog about food ingredients. My children know the truth about artificial dyes and flavors. They know, more often than not, they contain petroleum by-products that are not meant to be in our bodies, and because so many parents are saying no, more and more companies are removing those dyes and artificial ingredients. Every time I go to the store, I see more products from more companies that are safe and clean. The ingredient lists are shrinking and are more pronounce-able.

There is a reason why THIS POST is one of our most searched and most viewed every.single.day. More and more parents are taking control of their families diet and saying no to the crap that big companies and big government are trying to shove down our throats.

And now, I will step off of my soapbox.

Happy Tuesday!

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Source: http://frugaldad.com

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  • The Stephens

    I found all this information to be so informative, McDonald’s is definitely guilty of marketing to our children.  However, in the end, we are still driving our own cars into the parking lot and buying their food and giving in to our children.
    As a family, we gave fast food up for lent last year (not to get religious) and when we went back to it, we were all amazed by how sick we felt.
    Now with all the latest news about how gross the chicken nuggets are and the added pink slime, we have sworn the golden arches off for good- I hope.

  • anng

    fortunately for me my 8 year old HATES, with a capital H, McDonalds! If we go to McD’s it’s usually cuz I want the fries! Bad mommy:( He LOVES Chick-fila and will choose that over ANY other fast food place on the planet, given the choice!

    I must be doing something right….and for the record, last time I went to McD’s for fries I found them to be disgusting. That’s a good thing, right??!