It's actually pretty easy to see how busy modern people get diet-induced ill health. I've had a little taste of it recently.
We go through phases of doing "too much" on some days -- oh, compared to my daughter's schedule with work, amusement, and two pre-teen children, it's NOTHING. :-) But I always did find errand-running to be particularly wearying! At this time of year, wearing a heavy coat and tensing up all over to walk safely on icy sidewalks, it's even worse. My kind husband (knowing that trotting all over town is stressful for me) ends up bribing me out of the house with restaurant visits.
Errands + restaurant food = physical stress ... for a number of reasons.
Yesterday was a prime example. We had an automotive checkup in the late morning, so we dropped Klaus off at his Audi doctor's-office and headed for lunch at a familiar restaurant where an acceptable low-carb meal can be expected. It went downhill from there.
The "big turkey" sandwich turned out to be a bloody joke. I've never seen a sandwich with less meat.
I ate a lot more carbs than I intended. It was one of those occasions when i just shrug and go ahead and eat "poorly" but resolve to make up for it with fasting and exercise, because I knew I had plenty of movement scheduled for the afternoon. But it just goes to show ya....
Doing this ONCE can be made-up-for. Doing this constantly is health-eroding. And busy people find themselves in similar circumstances far more often than I do.
It's all fine and dandy for health authorities to exhort people to do their own cooking, but there are times when one can't. There are times when good intentions get derailed, too. A person with a half-hour for lunch, who for various reasons has to get restaurant food, who is LET DOWN by the restaurant menu, just has to shrug and eat it anyway, and resolve to manage better the next time. If this happens often, chaos ensues.
The rest of my day was pretty innocent, and I did put in a bit of mileage while out shopping, but I woke this morning with inflamed sinuses, an unhappy knee, and general water-retention.
I'll be spending today recovering ... and writing a review to lambaste that restaurant's deceit. It's a second-location of a local eatery, at which we've had good experiences before -- perhaps the owner isn't aware that the manager is sullying his name!