Imagine my excitement, having been invited to contribute to this blog, to discover that the post just a couple of days before my first effort had almost 3,000 views and 64 comments! Wow, I thought, this is a really popular blog! On my personal blog I think I'm doing well if I get 64 views and 2 comments.
Of course it transpires that it was just Kasey's controversial subject matter that led to the unusually high interest. So naturally that gets me wondering about what I can say that will be controversial enough to generate lots of interest from infuriated people who wildly disagree with me.
So here's my dramatic and controversial statement - McDonald's food is great! I love it! Not only that, but it's not bad for you at all, and you could actually lose weight eating it.
My most popular post to date on my personal blog is this one asking people to stop jumping on the bandwagon of criticising McDonald's. I ended it with the statement that I'd like to repeat Morgan Spurlock's documentary experiment (from the film Supersize Me) only this time I could show that I was healthier at the end of the month of eating nothing but McDonald's than I was at the beginning.
Sadly McDonald's didn't rush up to me with a camera crew and offer to sponsor the whole thing, so I haven't actually taken that challenge yet. But I have worked out how to do it - for four days, at least. First, though, a couple of rule changes. Unlike Spurlock, I wouldn't be required to eat everything on the menu at least once. Neither would I have to agree to larger portions if they were suggested. Also when I posted my original blog I didn't have a car. Although I now do, I would still be required to walk to and from my nearest McDonald's three times a day for my meals. Mapmyfitness.com tells me that would burn approximately 300 extra calories a day. A couple of other things to remember: this is based on the UK menu so US portions and availability may be different, and I am aware that McDonald's probably isn't the best burger chain, but in the UK we don't have Wendy's or Arby's so my choice is limited.
Drinks should be diet coke or water only, or (if you're not a Mormon) coffee or tea (as long as it's not cappucino or latte).
Breakfast - Oatsosimple porridge (195 cals) plus orange juice (118 cals)
Lunch - Spicy veggie sandwich (520 cals) and a fruit bag (25 cals)
Dinner - Quarterpounder with cheese (490 cals) with a garden salad (10 cals) and an apple pie (250 cals).
TOTAL: 1,608 CALORIES
Breakfast - Bacon roll (335 cals) plus orange juice (118 cals)
Lunch - Chicken snack wrap (350 cals), carrot sticks (29 cals) and a doughnut (210 cals)
Dinner - Filet-o-fish (335 cals), medium fries (330 cals) and a fruit bag (25 cals)
TOTAL: 1,732 CALORIES
Breakfast - Bacon egg and cheese bagel (455 cals) plus orange juice (118 cals)
Lunch - Crispy chicken and bacon salad (325 cals) plus a dairy milk McFlurry (340 cals)
Dinner - Big Mac (490 cals), carrot sticks (29 cals) and a fruit bag (25 cals)
TOTAL: 1,782 CALORIES
Breakfast - Toasted bagel (210 cals) plus orange juice (118 cals)
Lunch - Fish finger happy meal (425 cals), garden salad (10 cals) and a blueberry muffin (300 cals)
Dinner - McChicken sandwich (385 cals), carrot sticks (29 cals) and a doughnut (210 cals)
TOTAL: 1,687 CALORIES
Anyone up for the challenge?