Monday, March 03, 2014
I was attending one of my daughter's swim meets and all parents are recruited to help. My job was to sell concessions for two hours.
This must have been the first time ever since I went low-carb that I was surrounded by this much junk food: pretzels, nacho cheese sauce, barbecued pulled pork sandwiches, tortilla chips with nacho sauce, candy bars, donuts, bagels with cream cheese, sugar packets for coffee, instant cups of chicken-noodle soup. The "healthy choices" were granola bars (with just as much sugar as the candy bars), a few bananas and some mandarin oranges, some hard-boiled eggs and some cheese sticks.
I was not sure if any of that would be tempting to me at all but wanted to find out. It did not help that I had no time to eat breakfast that morning and my shift went from 11am to 1pm.
The donuts did not look interesting at all, I've never really liked pretzels or tortilla chips and the instant noodle soup was not ever my favorite. The candy bars did not tempt me because they were wrapped, if I had seen the chocolate it may have been different.
When the barbecued pork was running low I decided that I would try some without the bun. It smelled pretty good but I also knew it probably contained a fair amount of sugar from the barbecue sauce. After having a moderate size serving I did not get hungry for quite a while.
But later that afternoon I was ready for another meal, this time a healthy salad with some chicken.
The next morning I found that I was no longer in ketosis so the barbecue sauce must have had even more sugar than I realized.
Overall it was an interesting experience. Most people, except kids under 10 were clearly trying to avoid the sugar, but went for the bagels, chips and nachos and sandwiches and it seemed that they thought they were making healthier choices. Some even commented on how they were trying to stay with the healthier fare. Only 2 out of over 100 people chose low-carb items like string cheese and eggs.
It's important to add that most of the people there were experienced swim parents and could have easily packed all the needed food for the day before coming to the meet.
Probably more than half did exactly that. I suspect that I found the reason why a significant percentage of the swimmers, including some as young as 7, were obese.