The McRib is Back!

Back in the days of my used-to-be favorite reality show, The Osbournes, there was a moment in the show that has stuck with me forever. Why, I have no idea, but it seems to have parked itself into my mind with no intentions of leaving.

photo credit: ruocaled (creative commons)

photo credit: ruocaled (creative commons)

Jack Osbourne and his sister, Kelly, were traveling in a limousine when Jack saw a billboard with The McRib on it. In his English voice, and with the excitement of a small child, Jack shouted, “The McRib is Back!”

I couldn’t tell you what the rest of the episode was about, but I do know, thanks to the power of suggestion and my lack of self-control, my best friend Jammie and I were in the drive-thru soon after ordering the seasonal sensation.

I’m so thankful those days are over. I can’t stand the thought of eating one now, and honestly, I don’t think I liked them back then either – it was simply the thing to do.

I want those days to be over for you too. There isn’t one thing about this sandwich that should draw you closer. What you’re about to read and learn is not at all as mouth-watering as the billboard and commercials would like you to think.

There are more than 70 ingredients that make up the McRib. 

Yes.. you read that right. According to a recent post from health guru, Dr. Joseph Mercola, one of those ingredients, azodicarbonamideis actually found in your gym shoes.

Think about that next time you plan to order “The tasty fan favorite slathered in tangy barbecue sauce, slivered onions and tart pickles all on a hoagie style bun.”

Where is the pork?

There is no pork. The ingredients, according  to Registered dietician Cassie Vanderwal, is “restructured meat product, better known as all the less expensive innards and castoffs from the pig.”

Hungry anyone?

It’s time to think about what we’re putting in our bodies. 

Believe it or not, I didn’t always realize fast food was bad for me. It was only a few years ago I started understanding what processed food was versus natural food.

The first time someone introduced me to a spinach salad I thought they were crazy. Who eats that crap? Turns out many people do. I’m now one of them.

I lost 145 lbs. by changing the way I lived. That involved saying goodbye to a super-sized burger and fries. Now that I’ve been more educated on the ingredients in foods and what’s better for my body, I can’t eating that burger and fries.

Sometimes my mind still goes there. Sometimes I think I could eat a Quarter Pounder and be fine, but then I realize it’s not about the food, it’s about the emotions. I wouldn’t be eating it to get full. I’d be eating it to satisfy something else that only God can satisfy.

Let’s say goodbye to the McRib together. Let’s kick fast food to the curb and invest in our everyday lives. I’m in it with you. You don’t have to do it alone.

Who’s with me? Leave a comment below with your commitment and why you’re ready…

P.S. If you want to see what the McRib looks like deconstructed, check it out here.

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  • Sonya Godfrey

    Amen sista!!! I never did like the McRib and my family doesn’t eat at McDonald’s except maybe once a year or so… BUT I love that you wrote this post. Processed food=BAD!!!

    • Thanks for commenting. I’m looking forward to exercising with you!

  • Lyn

    So true! For me, healthy food is a conscious decision I make every day because I love the taste of fast food. If it didn’t matter I would eat it for every meal. Thankfully, God taught me years ago about the health and value of His temple so I make healthy choices most of the time. I do indulge in chocolate. : )

  • Margaret Feinberg

    Sundi! Wow! The stats in this blew me away!

  • Susan

    It’s not just the ingredients in the faux food that get me, it’s the factory farming as well. I’m becoming more and more mindful of what nourishes my body these days.

  • I’ve seen some pretty ugly photos of chicken mcnuggets but these photos had to take the cake – no pun intended figuring you nor I are into eating cake! I am so much on board with eating hte food God created for me. I had an apple today and it was sooooooo sweet! Thanks, Sundi.

    • Well, I can’t say I don’t love me some cake, Amy. 🙂