Debunk the Junk: June 1, 2004

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“Cultivate only the habits that you are willing should master you.” –


Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915


Just a note to those who have been following my progress to let you know that I will be returning to McDonalds for another 30 days starting June 1, 2004.  Another 30 days of breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Golden Arches.  Why?  To tell you the truth I miss the consistent portions and the ability to be able to control my calorie count in such a simple fashion.  And, surprisingly, a few people have asked if they can join me in a round of dieting for a month so seeing as how I’d like to lose another 10 pounds it seemed appropriate to return to the diet that inspired my documentary.


I will be doing some diary entries during June and this time I’d like to share some of the research materials I have been using for my film in an effort to provide readers with food for thought regarding their own diets.  For instance I might send you to the web site where you will find an article about new recommendations being made by a dietary panel that is helping the Agriculture Department in updating its food guide pyramid for 2005.  You will also find polls, a chat room and a game to help teach healthy eating habits at this site as well as links to noteworthy articles such as the second link below.


I’d also like to direct you to sites such as where I found the web site that features the “Strive for 5” diet game to help track your dietary habits during the day and is something you can use with your child to help learn and teach better eating habits.  I will be using some of the games while I’m eating at McDonald’s this month and will start with the Strive for 5 site.


My diet parameters at McDonalds for the month of June:



I will not require myself to eat “everything on the single items menu at least once” in favor of a more healthy bias in my food choices but I can still opt for a guilty pleasure now and then. 


I will, in an effort to lose more weight, stay in the 1,800 to 2,000 calorie range each day but again there will be no guilt if I should go over occasionally. 


Once again, I will be monitored by Dr. Rayner Dickey and I will also seek advice from Dr. Ruth Kava of the American Council on Science and Nutrition who will analyze my food choices.


I will collect receipts of all the food purchased during the month.


I am allowed the option to use tap and bottled water from any source during the course of the month. 


I have already been weighed in at 165 pounds on May 28, 2004 and blood work analysis is pending.