I LOVED McDonalds and ate there almost every day. I hated to cook and McDonalds was easy and convenient. When I felt I needed to lose a few pounds, I would just eat a happy meal instead of a filet of fish. And if I thought I needed to lose more than a few pounds; I would order a ‘vegetarian happy meal’ – a happy meal with no meat. I was a pro at the McDonalds diet.
I had NO IDEA what my eating habits were doing to me. I have pretty much been the same size my whole life (minus the Freshman 15 and being pregnant, which is a whole other story!) I thought I ate healthy by eating Lean Cuisines and Healthy Choice. What I didn’t realize was my depression and my anxiety were a direct result of my food choices. I, unfortunately, didn’t make this connection until much later in my life.
(Me - 21 years ago in front of our first house)
Freshly married - November 1999
6 months pregnant with The Boys. Just before I went to the hospital for 6 weeks.
I got married to Greg and became a mother of twin boys, Joshua and William. We continued to eat at McDonald’s often. Having twins is challenging and McDonalds Playland was THE BEST babysitter for a Mama needing a break.
At the end of Josh’s kindergarten school year, his teacher told me she thought he should be put on medication. I immediately started to do research on how I could help my boys. I read so many books on how your brain and body are affected by the foods we eat. I spent months educating myself on what children should eat and what vitamins they needed to be healthy. And nowhere in any of these books did it say, “enjoy fast food as it does great things for your health and well-being.” My passion around how food effects the brain started with my kids and my determination to make sure I cured their ailments with food instead of medicine.