Also overheard at the gym, a well-meaning overweight man telling his equally overweight friend, “It’s alright for us to eat BBQ on our diets. All the fat is already gone from the meat because it burned off during cooking.”
Even if this statement is true, which it isn’t, there are a lot of other hidden costs with this meal. The BBQ sauce is loaded with sugar. Most of the traditional sides have additional sugar, butter, fat or mayonnaise that we don’t think about when we order them. And nobody ever stops at just one piece of chicken or one rib or 4 ounces of pulled pork.
It made me wonder if my own thoughts, actions and words were just as well meaning. Or if they harbored darker subconscious motives of which I was equally unaware.