Mindful monday: It’s a whopper!

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Mindful Monday, more directly Mindful Eating. I have been reading up on Mindful Eating vs Intuitive Eating, and while they are similar they are a bit different. I will post more about that another time. Always be aware that my posts are meant to be a discussion, or educational, on topics about Health. Not everyone agrees that we should be Mindful of what we eat, and that is fine, but I disagree. I think we should be very Mindful of what we put into our bodies, whether it is food, or other substances. If this post will upset you for any reason, please feel free not to read it.

When I mindfully eat it is to know how many Macros, and other nutrients I am eating in any given food. My journey to Health will not look like yours, but I think Mindful Eating is important for my Kidney Journey.

Today, I am going to discuss the delicious Whopper. I love Burger King Whopper’s. I just had one the other day, for the first time in a while, and it was delicious. But, was I mindful of what I was eating, or just eating. Actually, I was very hungry, and while I already knew some of the nutrition info for a Whopper I definitely was not eating mindfully. Why? Because if I had been eating mindfully I would have been more aware of the nutrition info, rather than just how hungry I was and the taste of the burger. For me, it all goes together. Now, that doesn’t mean I would have chose to not eat fast food. I may have gotten a Whopper Jr. instead. Along my journey I have come to the conclusion that deprivation accomplishes nothing, and I can have food, even not so healthy options, in moderation. Just to remind everyone, I have stage 3, stable, and slowly improving CKD. I have no dietary limitations except for salt. However, eating mindfully, I feel, helps me to stay stable, and not have CKD progression. Mindful Eating can be used in many ways. Maybe you want to slow down and enjoy your food more, learn to like new textures, or flavors. You may also want to try and eat more food on a whole, or change other food choices such as eating less meat, more veggies, etc. It can be tailored to whatever your specific needs might be.

Nutrition Information for the Whopper without Cheese: This info is from the BK website, and Eat this Much for Phosphorus and other nutrients not listed on BK website.

Calories: 657

Total Fat: 40 grams or 60% of daily value

Saturated Fat: 11.7 grams or 59% of daily value. That is a humdinger of a lot of fat.

Cholesterol: 92 mg or 31% of RDA

Sodium: 983 mg or 41% of RDA If you have CKD this may be close to your daily limit already in just one burger.

Total Carbs: 49 grams

Fiber: 2 grams this is paltry btw

Sugars: 11 grams. Why on Earth would a burger need 11 grams of added sugars? That is over a teaspoon of sugar.

Protein: 28 grams. If you have CKD and have a protein intake set for you, this is important to know.

Potassium: 491 mg again very important to track if you have CKD

Vitamin B6: 21% of RDA

Vitamin K: 48% of RDA that is a lot of Vitamin K IMO in a non-vegetable food source. I am curious about this. If you are on Coumadin you have probably been told to limit foods high in Vitamin K.

Calcium: 12% of RDA. Since there is no cheese on the burger, I am assuming the Calcium is coming from the Sesame Seed bun. Some people with CKD may have to monitor their Calcium intake especially to help prevent Heart Disease.

Iron: 159% of RDA.

Phosphorus: 27% of RDA. The RDA for people with CKD may be lower than for people without CKD, and may need to be tradcked.

Water: 164.2 grams another nutrient super important for CKD people to track. Food has so much water it isn’t just about the fluids you drink.

Now for the ingredients in a Whopper. Apparently, it is right on the wrapper and my unobservant self did not even notice it. But, the ingredients are 100% flame-grilled beef, lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickles, ketchup, onions, and a sesame seed bun. In their effort to have a more clean-eating experience in their restaurants, they state there are no artificial ingredients, MSG, or High Fructose Corn Syrup. Those are all very good things, but this food item is still very high in Saturated Fat, Salt, and even has sugar added, apparently. Most likely the sugar is in the Ketchup or the bun.

I will still enjoy a Whopper now and then, but I will enjoy it mindfully, I hope.

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