So recently I took a road trip by myself off the Island and onto the flatlands of the prairies. The last time I took a trip like this, it was November, with my little brother and we were on our way to deal with our Dad’s death and all of the arrangements that would go along with it.
My brother and I ate fast food every day, pounded back sugar-free energy drinks and chain smoked the entire week of the drive and the trip in-between. Although we were grieving and we had literally threw a bag together and jumped in the car, it was not a good excuse to have treated our bodies that way. I did not want to make the same mistake twice.
I thought I had planned ahead for my gluten-free and smoke-free needs. I had gum, gluten-free and paleo goodies, a plethora of CD’s, my iPod and sattelite radio to keep me company. I brought my laptop for the ferry ride and for each hotel room. I did not plan ahead on where I was to stay along my route, I just decided to use hotels.com and “feel out” how I was feeling that particular day to plan my point to stop in the evening.
So with all the planning under my belt, I thought everything would be just fine…and then I drove for too long one night and was tired and hungry and still not where I wanted to be for the night. I thought that it would not be the end of the world to stop for an Americano at McDonalds (trust me, they are DELISH). That would have been all well and good, if I was not also hungry. I wondered what the harm would be to get 6 chicken nuggets (with hot mustard dip of course) and peel off the outside coating. So that’s what I did…at first.
I peeled the first two and things were going just fine, but I was in the car and driving and peeling with one hand was such a pain in the ass, that I just popped the whole third one in my mouth! It was soooooooo good! The first gluten I had subjected myself to in months. I finished the remaining three off the same way; covered in gluten!
But of course my euphoria was short-lived as when I called it a night and got to the hotel, I wondered just how bad the INSIDE of the chicken nugget was for me. **Word to the wise, if you have always loved chicken nuggets and expect to still eat them in the future, DO NOT CONTINUE TO READ! Below you will find the ingredients to chicken nuggets and an up close and personal view under a microscope of what exactly is to be found in a chicken nugget, as well as the nutritional information.
Now with all of that being said, I have to say that although I regret my decision to indulge myself in something that I did not know the ingredient list for and definitely do not approve of…it was a learning experience. “The Chicken Nugget Fiasco of 2014” (which is what we are now to refer to this episode of falling off the gluten-free wagon), was a good reminder to myself as to why exactly I have made this change in my life.
Eating processed food will always be the “easier” choice. Fast and highly processed food will always be easier and cheaper than the life-giving, organic, whole foods that we love and enjoy because there are so many people that are not willing to take the time to live this way. I have reaffirmed my goals of gluten-free and healthy living, simply by eating 6 chicken nuggets, feeling terrible about it and choosing the harder path of learning exactly what I ate and why it was so wrong for me to choose to do so.
I am happy to say that 6 chicken nuggets have set me back on the path of healthy living!