you've learned a valuable lesson that the body goes by its own calendar, however after a few years of eating like this, perhaps it's easier for some of us to question needing to "take a break."
it's quicker for me to scramble eggs for a meal than it used to take me to boil water and cook pasta. i batch-cook, so always have something that can be heated up quickly. i frequently work 50+ hours a week, plus commute. no way i have time to make every single meal from scratch. but i didn't have the luxury of time before either.
as for restaurants, i eat out often and never have a problem. however, if your family's night out means one of those terrifying chinese buffets of glop in chafing dishes, what are you really missing? if it's an occasion, just eat before you go and make the best of it.
for so very many, it's a slippery slope of "just a little" bit or break and before you know it, you indeed are off the rails.
find what works for you.
As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.
– Ernest Hemingway