Can I SURVIVE 24 Hours of AMERICAN COMFORT FOOD?

Fast food and all of the other things I can’t eat with impunity anymore.  Why can’t I, you ask?  Because my teenage ignorance is no longer with me.  And my age-adjusted bowels will protest.  Dare I take an entire day of eating American Comfort Food like I used to … and film the consequences? 

This isn’t going to end well, I promise you.

The Secret Life Of Rick Higgins
Season 1 Episode 2 – Taking One For The Team

As a young’un, I could and would eat anything, especially if it came with fries.  But those days are long past.  Not because I wanted them gone (although to be honest, I do), but rather because my body pushes back now.  Pushes back hard.  So let’s see what happens when I take all of these smaller “cheat” items and pack them all into a single 24-hour period.

Today’s meal plan … breakfast at McDonalds, lunch at Taco Bell, snacks, booze, and all-American diner food from Cracker Barrel for dinner.

Story/Script

  • Breakfast 723 calories
    • (2) Egg McMuffins 576 calories
    • Hashbrown 147 Calories
  • Lunch 956 calories
    • (3) Tacos calories 570 calories
    • Bean burrito 386 calories
  • Late Afternoon 300 calories
    • Chips 300 calories
  • Dinner 2200 calories
    • Country fried steak 600 calories
    • Side dumplings 450 calories
    • Green beans 250 calories
    • (2) Biscuits 320 calories
    • (2) Pancakes 200 calories
    • Butter Syrup, Gravy 400 calories
  • Nighttime Snackage 330 calories
    • (3) Gin/Diet Tonics 330 calories
  • SCENE ONE

(Location: Outside of McDonalds, camera in truck bed pointed at store so you can see it and the sign – walk up to camera, stare down at it, shake your head, sigh)

Shot List:

  • Only A-Roll

(hook)

(Start voice under the head shaking and sighing)

📍  None of us is going to enjoy this video.  

(Looking up and shaking head harder)  Nope, it just might end with … someone … requiring medical assistance.

(look to the heavens, turn and walk towards store shaking head, fade out, roll the open)

  • SCENE TWO

(Location: Studio Camera One, Leaning in towards viewer)

Shot List:

  • Only A-Roll

(intro)

Fast food, diner food, and all of the other foods I just can’t eat with impunity anymore.  

(Lean back)  Why can’t I, you ask?  

(Hop back in chair)  Because my teenage ignorance and metabolism is no longer with me.  And my age-adjusted bowels will protest.  So what’s going to happen when I take an ENTIRE DAY of eating “America Knows Best” like I used to? 

(Super close up)  This isn’t going to end well, I promise you.  So let’s start with breakfast.

  • SCENE THREE

(McDonalds For Breakfast – At restaurant)

Shot List:

  • B-roll of throwing away trash and walking out door
  • B-roll of other things, like coffee supplies, etc
  • B-roll of items BEFORE I eat
  • Sitting down, pulling items from bag
  • Me ordering, camera on counter looking sideways, mic towards me
  • Pan the menu

TITLE: Fade in to SVU type of page with bong.  Time of day stamp, the mission, and the moment.

Talking Points (Sitting at table):

  • Calorie Count.  Mention how a McMuffin is only 288 calories, plenty of wiggle room left in the day.
  • This stuff is actually pretty tasty.  Sadly tasty.
  • Hey!  At least I didn’t do the syrupy mess that is their hot cakes.  Or the fried potato thingy.  (Find it in bag). Oops, hate to see it go to waste.
  • Now I could have done their apple fritter calorie buster as well … and believe me, I want to.  Nikki brings those things home with some regularity, and they’re seriously yummy.  But today?  No.  Because I know what else is coming over the next few meals.
  • Overall, I feel pretty decent about breakfast.
  • Last comment is how the coffee sucks.

(Fade out to b-roll of throwing away trash and/or walking out door)

  • SCENE THREE AND A HALF

(Home, fade in to me walking in door, from the inside – coffee sequence – desk camera facing me sipping)

Shot List:

  • Walking in door, from the inside
  • B-roll of espresso machine, sugar, stirring, walking into studio with coffee held in front of me, placing it on desk and opening laptop

📍  Ahhh, that’s better.  A little serious caffeine to make up for the McDonalds swill earlier.  And now it’s time to get some morning work done!  

(Ding the calorie counter with breakfast and the coffee, breakfast b-roll underneath, repeating semi-ominous sound/music underneath, typewriter sounds – use the typewriter title – Details with the total)

  • SCENE FOUR

(Studio/Desk)

Shot List:

  • Grabbing keys off of desk and camera, use 360GO, walk towards door.  (For exit)
  • All A-Roll and stock footage except for end.

Props:

  • Tums

Mid-Segment – That wasn’t so bad.  

TITLE: Fade in to SVU type of page with bong.  Time of day stamp, the mission, and the moment. 

(STILL sitting at desk with a video edit in the back, spinning around and facing towards the soft box.  Talking head.  Wide angle lens.)

Talking Points:

  • I know this may seem like a strange video, but honestly … this is a way of life for a lot of Americans.  Some by choice, some because what I’m doing today is essentially what they have accessible.
  • Now once upon a time I had a fire-burning metabolism.  In high school, I couldn’t get past 175 pounds, no matter what I ate.  I was also a smoker … a three pack a day kind of smoker … so that little bit of poison might have been a part of it.

(Get up and move to sofa, switch to Cam-ONE and me sitting down)

  • Today I’m just north of 240.  And I normally don’t do what I’m doing today.  Eating American Comfort Food.  
  • My issue was being raised to clean my plate and eat fast enough to compete with the rest of the family during dinner times.  No one wanted to reach for an empty bowl in the center of the table.  And when you eat fast, you don’t feel full until it’s too late.
  • I suspect that when this little experiment is over, I’ll feel duller.  Probably have some angst over the additional calories I added to my debt.  But honestly … this could also end up far worse.  And I’ve only just started.  So stay tuned for whatever evil shall come, I suppose.
  • Oh well, time for lunch.  (Eat a Tums)

(End B-Roll preps Taco Bell – hop out of sofa, grab keys and camera off desk, b-roll of me getting into truck, fade)

  • SCENE FIVE

Taco Bell For Lunch (In truck)

Shot List:

  • Pulling up to drive through menu and ordering.  Pan/hold on the menu and the speaker box.
  • Accepting food and paying for it.
  • Pulling into a parking slot.
  • B-ROLL footage of items BEFORE I eat, including sauce packets
  • Getting out of truck and pointing lens towards trash can

TITLE: Fade in to SVU type of page with bong.  Time of day stamp, the mission, and the moment. 

(In truck, seat pushed back, and eating.  Wide Angle lens obviously.  All while eating.)

Talking Points:

  • Isn’t it amazing how a single company can take eight basic ingredients and mix them into so many different variations, that all essentially taste the same yet have different textures?
  • Having said that, I do like their hard tacos and bean burritos.  Not for the taste because like I said, they all taste the same.  But because I love their hot sauce.  Not mild.  Not fire.  Hot!  And these hard tacos and bean burrito best carry that hot sauce into my mouth.  It’s all about priorities.

(Finishing eating, putting things in the trash bag)

  • I’m not a huge fan of “dine-in” at fast food joints.  Not since the glory days of my youth when KFC was a real restaurant.  And you can’t one-hand Taco Bell anyway while driving.  It takes two to apply the hot sauce and keep the rest out of your lap.  Hence … parking lot food.  And … I get to pick the music this way too.

(Throwing trash away, shot from the top of the trash can)

  • And here’s a thing that I didn’t realize was a thing until recently.  Fast food always equals soda.  Granted this is a diet something or another, but my body no longer really tolerates a lot of soda.  Bad things happen … down here.  And yet, this is my option with fast food.

(Ding the calorie counter, repeating semi-ominous sound/music underneath, typewriter sounds – use the typewriter title – Details with the total for lunch only.  Daily total at the end of the day.)

  • SCENE SIX

(Location: Sofa, cross legged, munching on a bag of salty goodness, voice under at first while I’m eating)

Shot List:

  • Me eating chips.  Laying on my back, looking up?
  • All A-Roll and stock footage.
  • Which includes graphics for weight numbers, gain, and fat people.

Props:

  • Chips
  • Eye covers

Mid-Segment.  Snacks and Diet Soda For Snacks.

TITLE: Fade in to SVU type of page with bong.  Time of day stamp, the mission, and the moment. 

📍  Well, my blood sugar tanked.  Twas to be expected I suppose.  Which left me the choice to either refuel … or to take a nap.  

Talking Points:

  • The ye olde calorie calculator says that if I want to maintain this body of mine, I should eat 3000 calories a day.  But I don’t want to maintain this body of mine.
  • They suggest that for a normal weight loss program, I should only consume 2500 calories.  1800 if I really want to speed things up.  Now I don’t know what my numbers are thus far, but I think I just might go over ALL of those figures today.  (Split stock footage of exercising and left side showing calories and speed)
  • OK, I’m not going to lecture you on the consequences of an unhealthy diet.  You already know all the bad shite that will happen.  So for now, let’s just let the experiment continue … after my nap, of course.  (Slip on eye covers, lean back, sounds of snoring as we fade out)

(Ding the calorie counter, repeating semi-ominous sound/music underneath, typewriter sounds – use the typewriter title – Details with the total for snacks only.  Daily total at the end of the day.)

  • SCENE EIGHT  (Skipped Seven)

(Location: Cracker Barrel)

Shot List:

  • Cleaned plates
  • Each of us eating
  • The plates being served.  B-roll of the actual food.
  • Ordering, with camera again on its side.
  • General pan shots, Nikki looking at the menu, the menu itself.
  • Walking up to restaurant and opening door (with my hand reaching out)
  • My door shuts, her door shuts, keys starting truck.
  • B-roll asking Nikki if she’s ready for the great experiment dinner.  (She rolls eyes).

TITLE: Fade in to SVU type of page with bong.  Time of day stamp, the mission, and the moment.  

Talking Points (Initial is before food arrives)

  • I’m actually strangely hungry right now.  Guess those previous calories weren’t the “sticking” kind.
  • How we eat at home is pretty much the same sizes, only better flavor, cheaper.  But I still finish everything I cook, which means calorie counting is out the window.
  • Discuss what’s in front of us (after food arrives).
  • Dessert?  (Nikki makes no thank you face, fade out)

(Ding the calorie counter, repeating semi-ominous sound/music underneath, typewriter sounds – use the typewriter title – Details with the total for dinner only.  Daily total at the end of the day.)

  • SCENE NINE

(Location: Outside in backyard, complete with cigar, as the sun sets)

Shot List:

  • Stock sunset.
  • All A-Roll.

Props:

  • Cigar, drink

Later … food coma.  How I feel, not sure about the night and reflux.  Or what awaits in the morning.

TITLE: Fade in to SVU type of page with bong.  Time of day stamp, the mission, and the moment.  

(Voice under – 1st line – while I’m lighting a cigar)

Talking Points:

  • Time for my usual evening repast, and to look back on the day.
  • Discuss my relationship with food – taught vs what I really enjoy.  Not sure why I fight against myself.
  • Not looking forward to tomorrow, but I am looking forward to travel/nomading again.  If for no other reason than better food and better eating environments.  Save myself from myself.

(Fade away as the sun sets over my shoulder)

(Ding the calorie counter, repeating semi-ominous sound/music underneath, typewriter sounds – use the typewriter title – Details with the total for drinks only.  Daily total at the end of the day.)

  • SCENE TEN

(Location: Studio, Cam1, Wide of Studio, Desk – Holding a cup of tea)

Shot List:

  • Me sitting bolt upright in bed, covering my mouth, gagging.

Next morning … the result.

TITLE: Fade in to SVU type of page with bong.  Time of day stamp, the mission, and the moment. 

Talking Points (Starting with Cam-One):

  • Good morning.  Well, I didn’t die, but I’m also not happy.  Waking up in the middle of the night with heartburn and bile in your mouth sucks.  Sleeping sitting up sucks.
  • (Punch in)  And pathetically, I’m hungry as hell this morning.  This type of eating feels designed to keep me hungry.  And my energy levels have constantly yoyo-ed since I started.  It’s all been fast-release sugars that my body quickly burns off and then stores the extra crap away while asking for more sugars.  Vicious cycle.
  • My calorie count for yesterday was just over 4,500.  Horrible, yes, but think of it in terms of hours in the gym just to overcome the overage.  Then it’s 20 hours of working out.  That’s a lot of time, almost a full day, just to offset some bad food choices.  (Show overall calories counts by segment/scene with total)

(Get up and move to desk, same as how we started this, wide angle facing the desk from the soft box)

  • Shortly, as in next spring when we return to Spain, I will be required to live actively again.  So this type of day needs to stop now.  I did this experiment partly as entertainment, but mostly to remind myself of what’s important.  And I refuse to start my new life in this condition.  I’ve said it before, that I’ll change my eating and exercise habits.  But this time my choices either allow me to live, or they condemn me to a life that I despise.  I guess it’s time to choose.
  • Be happy, healthy, see ya.

One response

  1. The things I do for this channel and you. Now truth be told, I gave up fast food a very long time ago (mostly) and every time I now bend the rules … I deeply regret it. So what would happen if I bent the rules for EVERY meal for an entire day? Well … I found out.

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