Ironically enough, I was only on YouTube in an attempt to better my lifestyle.
It was a Saturday evening; I had just finished a long shift at work and decided to chill out for the rest of the day. I hopped on my bed, pulled out my tablet, and started browsing through my recommended videos on YouTube.
I had just kick started a new clean eating lifestyle and was still in the weak stages. I was so proud of myself for going a full week without any fried and processed foods. I decided to spend the evening bingeing through healthy lifestyle video to help keep me on the right track.
I stumbled upon a video from one of my subscriptions who shared his concerns for a woman who is overweight and uploads “eating show” videos to her channel. The concern that he showed for her health and eating habits seemed very genuine.
Being the curious person that I am, I decided to search for her YouTube channel and see for myself what all the fuss was about. I had never heard of this person and wanted to check out her channel. The first video I came across was of her eating a cherry pie. Now, being that I had been depriving myself of such delicacies, I thought hmmm a little viewing can’t hurt.
Watching her top it with whipped cream and taking delicate bites and savoring every moment of it gave me this odd feeling of satisfaction.
After skimming through the video, I looked on her channel for more videos of her eating things that I no longer allowed myself to eat. Maybe this is a good idea, I thought. Maybe watching these videos will satisfy my cravings and I will no longer have the urge to eat these terribly processed foods. Whelp…….
I binged through a few more videos until stumbling upon her McDonald’s Mukbang. By this time it was already after 9pm.
With my new eating habits, I did not allow myself to eat past 7pm. So, that with the combination of these saliva inducing videos made me feel extremely hungry. At first I was about to just say screw it and grab my car keys and race off to the nearest McDonald’s Drive thru, but I gave myself a little pep talk. I decided that I have already come so far and shouldn’t ruin my streak for some cheap junk food. Instead, I made a nice warm cup of Sleepy time tea and went to bed.
The next morning, I woke up with McDonald’s still on my mind. I had not had it in so long and was really craving the french fries. I have never been a fan of french fries. In fact, the only fries that I have ever enjoyed were those from McDonald’s.
I know that I can’t be the only one!
There is just something different about their fries. Nice and thinly cut with a dash of salt. I usually prefer them on the soggy side but if they’re a little crisp, that is okay as well.
While out running errands, I saw a McDonald’s approaching in the distance. Screw it, I thought. What’s one bad meal gonna do? I’m not a burger fan, so I wasn’t too fazed with that part of the video. It was watching her eat the nuggets and french fries. That was always my go-to meal so I knew exactly what she was tasting. I decided that is what I wanted to order.
I pulled up to the drive thru and placed my order. I started off asking for a “ten piece nuggets and a small fry”. Then I glanced at an apple pie on the menu screen and thought, hmmmmmm, why not. One apple pie as well please. I was then told that it was two pies for a dollar, fine. The woman also let me know that there was a two for five sale on the fish fillet sandwiches. I said yes to that as well, and asked for a vanilla milkshake. It had literally been over a year since I’ve had a milkshake. I’m just gonna go all out today, I thought.
By the time I got home I was super hungry and couldn’t wait to eat my food. I unpacked everything and placed them on the table. Wait, what? Where are my fries! You have got to be kidding me! I picked up the empty paper bag to double check. All I could do was place my hand on my forehead and exhale slowly. I had already decided that it wasn’t worth the drive to go back and claim my fries.
When I checked the receipt, the fries weren’t even a part of the order. I rolled my eyes all the way around and once more.
I convinced myself that it was fine and at least I had the nuggets.
I drank about two-thirds of the milkshake, and ate about half of the nuggets and one of the apple pies.
I think the worst part about this whole situation is that I did all of this and didn’t even get to eat the main thing that I went to McDonald’s for in the FIRST place.
Moral of the story? Don’t be a fool like me. If you know deep down in your heart that you have an issue with self-control, stay clear of these Mukbang videos. They will destroy you and your diet!!
Truthfully everything does serve as a lesson. The way that I immediately felt after eating all of that fast food was a reminder as to why I started with the clean eating in the first place. I felt super gross and lethargic. I also wasted my money because I never finished eating the leftovers.
Since then I’ve grown much stronger in the self-control department. I know what I can and can’t handle and avoid certain situations entirely.
I am curious to know if anyone else completely bombed a diet because of a mukbang video. If so, please comment about it below!