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Is fast food really cheaper?


As a busy parent, health advocate and outdoor enthusiast, I have struggled with managing time while still trying to get healthy nutritious “real” food, on the table each night.  I’ve heard the reasoning behind ‘limited time’ and the association of faster food being cheaper.  By now, most of you may have gathered that I love research and I love a challenge.  So I put myself to the test. 

My husband, two children and I were out of town for a soccer game.   I did have my emergency bag of healthy food on me at the time knowing that we’d have to return home it being a school night. But the kids were anxious for a burger and as I mentioned we were short on time.  So we pulled through Carl’s junior drive thru.  They are currently offering grass fed burgers so I ordered 3 burgers,2 protein style for my children and one regular style for my husband.  (The whole story is I ordered 4 but they only served and charged us for 3).  We also ordered 3 fries.  The total bill was $25.32 for a family of 3.  No drinks and less nutrition than what I would normally offer at my dinner table: organic 2 to 3 vegetables, possibly a grain, a grass-fed/organic meat and healthy fats.  Again, fast food was $25.32 for a family of 3 and the order took easily 30 minutes from the time we ordered until the time we received it.  

Two days later I visited our local grocery store and purchased a whole chicken, no hormones/antibiotics  priced at $13.26 (still not the best whole chicken but available thawed).  I purchased organic gold potatoes for $5.00.  I had other veggies at home (organic carrots, cauliflower and broccoli) these can be purchased for $5 a bag.  Total VONS bill is $18.26 (plus $5 for veggies).  The complete bill is $23.26.  

Here comes the fun part.  With all of this food I prepared for a family of 4:

Night 1:  Roast chicken, potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli.  Made gravy with a little arrowroot. The oven spent way more time on this meal than I did.  Easily 10 minute prep and 20 minute finish.

That night I threw the carcass into a crockpot; covered it with water and turned it on low.

chickenpotpieNight 2:  I had a gluten free shell in the freezer and filled it with chicken, veggies, sauteed in chicken broth from the crockpot.  I mashed the potatoes and put them on top.  Prep time 20 minutes? baked for 40 minutes.  Instant pot pie.  It was a hit too!

Night 3:  Homemade chicken broth filled with chicken meat, thrown into the freezer.  My kids couldn’t handle a third night of chicken in a row. BUT I have a near instant dinner for a third night.  

Other ideas: Add organic mayo to chicken with chopped veggies and have chicken salad for sandwiches or to place on top of salads.  

fastfoodCarl’s junior could feed only a family of 3 for ONE NIGHT for $25.32.  The whole chicken and it’s sides served a family of 4 for THREE nights.   Nutritious food can be affordable and efficient.  

I’d love to hear about your ideas?

Be well,

I went there…

I’m not an Immunologist but do research and have a personal interest in vaccines. The first three years of my son’s life involved healthy development. For one and half years following he experienced multiple seizures daily. The “pill for an ill” model was not effective. His seizures worsened. Once we sought biochemical supports, we identified my son was toxic in aluminum (an adjuvant used in vaccines) and that his detoxification pathways were “blocked”. Finally, within 2 weeks of addressing his detoxification pathways his seizures ended. He has remained seizure free for nearly 4 years.

My last 5 years has been devoted to my son’s recovery, the focus on systems support rather than symptom support, biochemical pathways specifically and nutrition. I spend much of my time researching on the interplay between hormones, immune, digestion, detoxification, the environment and neurotransmitters. I practice as a Functional Diagnostic Practitioner and encounter daily multiple instances of women, men and children experiencing all types of chronic diseases.

I believe SB 277 is not a bill predicated on science but rather a true conflict of interests driven by the government for profit driven purposes. As a nation, with the most vaccinated children in the world, our children are experiencing an epidemic of chronic disease.

“Fifty years ago, when the immunization schedule contained only four vaccines (for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and smallpox), autism was virtually unknown”. i In the past 20 years, autism has increased to 1 in 68 (from 1 in 20,000), ADHD has increased by at least 400 percent, asthma by 300 percent and allergies by 400 percent . ii Childhood type 1 diabetes runs risk in 1 in 400 children and childhood arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children.iii The food industry would be a logical finger-point of origin but let’s remember that the same government that decides what foods are safe to eat also governs the current vaccine schedule.

We’ve been advised that vaccinations are unavoidably “safe” yet, the current vaccination schedule has never been studied with truly vaccinated vs unvaccinated individuals and never studied with multiple vaccines delivered at once, specifically 49 doses in 14 vaccines by age 6.iv  Vaccines are prepared with adjuvants such as aluminum, mercury, MSG, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80 (foreign substances) with unpredictable inflammatory responses.

Thousands of parents that have witnessed permanent health issues and even death in their children after they received vaccines and yet are unable to sue the pharmaceutical companies due to a liability protection designed by the government. Allow me to emphasize: Pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines are protected. There are no checks and balances. How can the government assist the pharmaceutical companies without proper safety data and allow no recourse? v

We know that in the first years of life the brain is reaching 80% development by age 2. An infant’s immune-response is heightened compared to a fully developed individual. vi We also know that nearly half of the world population has impaired detoxification <methylation> pathways (cannot support the excretion of metals and toxins).vii  And yet the government is attempting to enforce mandatory 24 doses of vaccines before age 2!

Am I against vaccines? No. Virulent diseases such as polio and diphtheria should be vaccinated against. If I were to vaccine my children all over again, I would

• Not allow my children to be vaccinated until after 2 years of age
• Not allow a vaccine if my child was feeling ill on the day of the injection
• Only permit virulent vaccines
• Only allow one vaccine injection per visit, not cluster-fed multiple vaccines.

We need to protect our children in their development, first and foremost. With the rise of immune diseases resulting from antibiotic resistance and autoimmunity, a lack of scientific research to substantiate the administering multiple vaccines at once (let alone injecting in our infants), no liability carried by the pharmaceutical companies, SB 277 will be putting our children at even greater risk of chronic disease.

ii “Healing the New Childhood Epidemics”- Kenneth Bock, M.D. and Cameron Stauth

Be well,