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We’ve Been McFooled

Over a decade ago I was diagnosed with a devastating spinal condition that threatened to leave me crippled for life.  Degenerative disc disease was the diagnosis I received, and every conventional assessment said that there wasn’t any hope for me.

For 2 years I believed them, and spent every waking hour in pain.  Every night I had to medicate myself, because just one movement would shoot pain through my body that would instantly wake me up.

Yes, it was a very tough time.  But looking back on it, it’s the greatest thing that ever happened to me.

The first thing that I did to get well was make the DECISION to get well, no matter what challenges I may face.  Decision is from the Latin “de” meaning from, and “cider” which means to cut.  So when you make a REAL decision about something, you cut away any other possibility of anything happening except the result you want.

This is not airy fairy, hocus pocus.  These are real faculties we have to shift our attention, and to use parts of our brain like the Reticular Activating System to zero in on the resources we need.

It took me a total of 6 weeks to completely heal my spine.  To go from barely being able to walk, to running, to lifting weights, exercising, and playing with my kids… I KNOW what’s possible in this life. And that is a gift that can never be taken away.

Many people don’t know this, but the first thing that came up for me in my journey to heal was the absolute knowing that I had to stop eating “fast food.” I didn’t exactly know why, but me intuition was very firm in this approach.

I was the guy who would eat 3 double cheeseburgers and a super-size fry.  I didn’t even have a salad my entire life until my mid-twenties.  So leaving my fast food tastiness was quite a leap for me, but every fiber of my being knew that it was critical to get where I wanted to be.

Everybody knows that fast food isn’t healthy, but most people don’t know exactly why.  Recently a huge wave of disclosure has been coming out about the fast food industry atrocities.  The latest one in Time magazine, disclosing the dirty little secret of the Chicken McNuggets.

According to the report, McDonald’s has been using known biological poisons like dimethlpolysiloxane (an anti-foaming agent used to make Silly Putty) and TBHQ (a chemical preservative that can cause instant death). These substances are strategically added to preserve the shelf life of their food and to add more “flavor” to seal the deal.

It’s now become very clear that fresh, live food is the ideal food for the human body.  And live food is SUPPOSED to breakdown and decompose at some point.  If your food is made with chemicals to manipulate it’s shelf life for years on end, you can be assured that the effects it has on your tissue matrix will end in disaster.

Have you ever been cleaning out your car or your house and found an old McDonald’s french fry sitting there?  It’s been a common experience in many of our lives, but we never stop to ask ourselves, “Why in the world does this fry look the same?!”  It’s like some type of a freakish edible toy.  And with the hydrogenated oil that it’s cooked in, the reality that it’s more plastic than food is NOT an exaggeration.

Partially hydrogenated oil is actually one molecule away from being plastic. To read more on it, check out this article which discloses the deadly ingredients hidden in processed foods:  Hidden Food Additives

As for the action steps to take:  Make it a mandate that you no longer put this garbage in yourself OR your kids developing bodies. It’s been shown that the strongest impacts are actually the genetic mutations that happen in 2nd and 3rd generations from eating these fake foods.  So your kids and their kids are much more likely to develop cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

There is nothing more important than the health of your family.  Making your own fresh meals is one of the greatest gifts that you can share as a parent. You are what you eat, and the food made by you has the love, care, and attention that your family deserves.

I know that times can be hard and stressful trying to raise a family in this busy world.  But it’s in those moments when choosing what you’re going to feed your family, that decides the level of health and happiness that they’ll experience for years to come.

Leave your comment below and share your take on the fast food industry, and what you’ve done to avoid the drive through in this busy world.

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  1. Hi Shawn

    I’ve been reading your posts for a while and I think you do a fantastic job! Keep up the great work and I’ll always forward to your new posts. Anyway, I thought I’d chime in on this one. Just like you I was a fast food junkie. It was a blissful ignorance up until my 29th birthday. Exactly then my body finally caught up with the lie. It wasn’t anything I read but rather, like you, a sort of deep realization that I had to stop. These days, I still occasionally get forced into a junk food situation – always as a result of business travel – and I wonder if others have a similar experience: on the one hand I actually go back into the “hypnotic” state while eating the junk food (just like when I was young), but on the other hand, I’m overwhelmed by sensations of depression because I’m now aware that I’m eating dead and souless food. Now at the age of 35 I love food but in a totally different way. Once you get in touch with real food, industrial food can never satisfy you again. My diet today is by no means immaculate but I’m extremely finicky about food quality and the source of my food. That often means making everything from scratch myself. I guess you could say my adventure in food finally got started when I gave up junk food.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing that insight Erich. I’m sure that most people who have “woken up” would agree that the depression can really get to you when YOU KNOW that what you’re eating isn’t the best ever. But really what’s most valuable is being aware (which you obviously are). From that place, you’re always in a place of power. And even when situations arise where the optimal choice isn’t available, you can be at peace knowing that your next meal will be far greater, and let go of the guilt 100% because it’s even more toxic than any food that we eat. Thanks again for contributing, because what you shared will resonate with so many people.

  2. Right on Shawn, you’re the greatest.
    Not only that but I read the other day that only fifty percent of chicken mcnuggets are chicken!!!! Think about it.


  3. Thanks, Shawn. Beautifully written and full of specifics about fast food I never new.

  4. The book ‘Fast Food Nation’ changed my life. It goes beyond even the ramifications to our health and on to the effects on our culture around the globe. The ingredients/chemicals in a Strawberry milkshake from McD’s was 3 pages long. Reading this book made giving up fast food easy. It repulsed me, now I have an 8 year old who reads labels and understands what he is reading.

    1. Awesome Shanti. That approach of reading a popular book like that is an excellent approach to inspire others to do greater things for themselves. Great recommendation!


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