Mini-Pledge Week 4: No Fast Food or Deep-Fried Food

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The next mini-pledge is a two-fold challenge where we are asking people to avoid both fast food and deep-fried food for a week. I think this will be another one of those pledges that is hard for some and easier for others. First off, according to Wikipedia, fast food is defined as “food sold in a restaurant or store with preheated or precooked ingredients, and served to the customer in a packaged form for take-out/take-away.” Hopefully I don’t need to go into too much detail about why it would be beneficial for you to avoid fast food meals, but let’s take a moment to discuss the reasoning behind deep-fried food. The problem with something being deep-fried is that the food absorbs a great deal of oil during the cooking process. So when you eat the end product you are consuming far more oil – an unhealthy fat in most cases – than is recommended.

So here is next week’s pledge that officially starts on Monday:

Mini-Pledge Week 4: April 4 – April 10 – No fast food (as detailed below) or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil.

For this challenge you must avoid:

  • Restaurants with drive-thru windows
  • Convenience stores that also typically sell gas
  • Places where you watch them assemble your food through a glass wall
  • Restaurants that are situated in a “food court” setting
  • School lunches (most schools do not have a fully functioning kitchen and simply heat precooked meals)
  • Airplane food

The places where you can eat during this challenge:

  • Restaurants with waiter service (which aren’t always ideal when it comes to food quality, but we just had to draw the line somewhere)
  • Grocery stores (we recommend hitting the salad bar, vegetable sides and brown rice sushi)
  • Your own kitchen! :)
  • Friends’ houses

Even while you are eating at the “allowed” places you must still of course avoid deep-fried foods, which is trickier than it sounds. If it is crunchy and crispy you need to question it. We were even fooled fairly recently by some hard taco shells not realizing at first they probably got their crunchiness from being deep fried in oil.

Some other examples of deep-fried foods to be on the lookout for:

  • French fries
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Potato/tortilla chips
  • Chicken fingers
  • Chicken wings
  • Donuts
  • Corn dogs
  • Egg rolls

The goal of this challenge is to force you to figure out alternatives to a Big Mac even when you are starving and on the go. And the key to success is planning ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute to figure out where and when you will have your next meal. Consider packing some whole food snacks to hold you over including bananas, apples, oranges, nuts, popcorn (with minimal oil/salt), dried fruit, store-bought Lara Bars, whole-grain crackers, cheese sticks, etc. Also take the time to pack lunches for work, school, long car rides, and airplane trips.

To take the pledge: Please leave a comment below with the number of adults and kids in your household that will participate, and also share if you will do it for one day or for the entire week. Put it in writing to make it official!

Good luck!

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95 comments to Mini-Pledge Week 4: No Fast Food or Deep-Fried Food

  • Molly

    We’re in for the whole week! 2 adults, 5 kids

  • Gwen

    This should be an easy one for us–2 adults and 1 kid for the week.

  • Jennifer C.

    1 adult. Will be doing the challenge for the entire week.

  • stacy forrest

    we’re in (2 adults, 2 kids) but I do have a question…would Panera and Chipotle count as fast food?

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      Those count as “fast food” since they don’t have waiter service (and I know Chipotle at least makes their food behind a glass wall).

  • Angela

    One adult in for the week here! Will work on hubby and kids, too – planning is the key.

  • Courtney

    Two adults and 1 kid all week! I had to rework my menu this week as we are studying mexico and had planned on eating mexican food all week. I had to nix the crunchy taco shells and tortilla chips. Can’t wait to try your tortilla recipe, though!

  • Toni

    1 adult in for the week. I need this one! Have been living on convienant foods!

  • Two adults, one kid( though he tells me he can’t give up his organic tortilla chips)

  • Lakesidemama

    Two adults signed on here up in Canada! Living without fast food will be easy as we haven’t had any in months and months…and incidentally, haven’t missed it! The only fried foods we eat are corn tacos or whole grain corn nachos about once a month so we’ll just cut those out this week. I found a really good baked chip from Kettle Brand (sea salt) that I think would satisfy folks who need their chip fix. They only have three ingredients and they are delicious! They are made in the States so you might be able to find them in your grocery stores. I think these would qualify as real food though I might be mistaken.

  • Michelle

    2 adults for one week

  • Shari

    1 adult in all week.

  • Barb Smith

    This will be easy. I started this Jan 1 and have not eaten fast food since.

  • Rin

    2 adults, 1 child all week. I hate fast food so this will not be a problem for me. :-) My husband, on the other hand…

  • Anne Marie

    We’re having a debate about a grilled chicken salad at Showmars. Is that considered fast food??

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      I honestly have never eaten at Showmars (even though they are everywhere here in Charlotte!). Do they offer waiter service? All restaurants this week have to have waiter service.

  • Amy

    My husband and I, and our 2 year old will participate for the full week :)

  • Dawn

    We’re in! Well I should say I and my 5 year old son are in. I have to discuss this with my husband. He more than likely is in too since he isn’t a big fan of eating fast food.
    Thanks!

  • Beth G.

    2 adults are in for the whole week! I just almost ate chips and salsa…had to find a different snack! :)

  • Sarah Keel

    I’m in… started yesterday! Just me this week – don’t think I can “force” the husband quite yet. ;)

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  • you can get baked chips, or make your own by baking

  • victor guzman

    I like this diet I been on a similar diet but I only eat 1 process meal in morning 2 fried eggs and 1 corn tortillas lunch is chicken or tuna salad plain dinner is grilled chicken and salad when I crave sugar I eat banana or total cereal plain so far I lost 3 lbs I walk with weights my goal is 2 get rid of my type 2 diabetes

  • Mary

    2 adults 3 kids, week 4! We had a hard time with the week 3 challenge, other than that, it’s been so fun to explore new things!

  • I’m working my way through the mini pledges. I didn’t think this would be hard, because we only seldomly eat fast food, but I didn’t think about things like taco shells and other crispy, crunchy yummies. :D

  • Lora

    Victor, you can’t get rid of your diabetes. You are stuck with it unless you get a new pancreas. But sometimes, you can get your diet and weight under control and lower your blood sugar so much that you don’t need medication for a while, but you still have diabetes. Eventually, no matter what you do, you will need medication again because diabetes is progressive.

  • Amanda

    We are in, 1 adult, 3 kiddos, all meals. One extra adult for dinners. Going to have make sure the hubby brings his packed lunch to work so that he can participate for at least two meals. Last week’s meat challenge was a little harder since we are still cleaning out the freezer. Making sure you don’t eat meat every meal was a little harder than expected. Pb&J got old real quick. Lol

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