Fitness Minutes: (69,867)
3,526 2/9/12 2:26 P
I haven't been to a Bunko party in ages! I used to play with a bunch of older women, and ohh did they know how to make the treats! I would eat a smaller meal so that you are not starving, and enjoy a small bit of a few things that look really tasty!
I love get-togethers like these. Most of my friends like to cook, and we enjoy sampling each other's creations. Since I can't imagine giving up socializing or going and not enjoying a snack with my friends, I make it fit my plan. Since this party is set to start about the time I usually eat dinner, I have something smaller than my usual dinner before I go. That way I'm not so hungry I'm ready to chew off my foot and I've put some sensible nutrition in my body before I snack on cheap wine and chips (if you Bunko like I Bunko). When I get to the party, I survey the snacks, decide what I'm going to eat, and stick to it. I put what I'm going to eat on a plate. I think it's way too easy to over-consume snack food when you're having a cookie here and a few chips there all evening. If I drink alcohol, I cut it with diet Sprite. The bubbles make me sip more slowly and margarita calories can add up faster than cookie calories for me.
I would also take something sensible and track with my best guess. If I go over, I don't fret about it, I just get back on track the next day.
I give myself one meal per week that I eat whatever I want and don't think about the calories/nutrition content. I don't track calories anyway...I am trying to eat intuitively...but I generally eat pretty healthy foods most of the time, so eating one meal (or a couple of snacks) that isn't/aren't on the "healthy" side doesn't bother me and it has never hindered my weight loss. I'm at 10 pounds and counting from the beginning of the year and I've been eating this "free" meal every single week.
When you think about your calorie "budget" for the event, you can also approach it over the course of a couple of days, not just the day of the event (and not just the meal before the event). For example, if I'm going out for a special dinner, I try to cut calories smartly. I don't skip meals or snacks (because I don't want to arrive famished), but I choose foods that are lower calorie, nutritious and filling and I scale back some portions slightly. For example, I might have 1 cup of my favourite high protein/high fiber cereal instead of 1.25 cups (saves 50 calories). For lunch at work, I'll have a huge salad with some protein and healthy fats (250 calories) instead of making it pizza day at work.
I also might keep that special dinner in mind when I eat the day before. Instead of having some chocolate after dinner, I'll have fresh fruit for dessert, and I'll have salad for lunch as well.
In addtion, when you plan your snacking strategy, focus on healthy stuff (veggies and fruit - maybe 75% of what you eat) and special treats that you nevertheless feel are manageable for you. For example, it would be a special treat for me to have one of my friend's chocolate brownies, and I don't have a strong sweet tooth so I can stop at one small square. But keep the tortilla chips on the other side of the room from me, because once I start eating them, I can't stop.
Also think about your alcohol intake if you usually drink at these events. First of all, if you have been watching what you eat and drink for a while, your tolerance for alcohol might have decreased, so you might get tipsy more easily. Alcohol reduces inhibitions and if you get tipsy, you might be inclined to eat more. Second, choose drinks where you know what the calories will be in advance (e.g., wine, beer), not cocktails that can have zillions of sugary calories. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water or sparkling water.
Fitness Minutes: (120)
2/9/12 11:17 A
If it were me I would probably go for choice #3, but I think you need to choose the choice that you feel most comfortable with.
Fitness Minutes: (16,185)
803 2/9/12 10:49 A
I am always counted on to bring the vegetable tray. For EVERY get together.
Drink your water, maybe coffee during the game.
I always enjoy the visiting most of all. Maybe try to not eat anything.
2/9/12 10:39 A
I'd do what Turtle suggested-- eat dinner and save some calories for snacks, playing with the Nutririon Tracker to figure how many calories are in what kinds of things you like to snack on.
If you're supposed to bring something to share, for snacks-- you could make a big vegetable tray with some low-cal dip. That's always "safe" and usually more popular than you'd think, especially if you include grape tomatoes, cauliflower, red peppers. Things besides just carrot and celery sticks. I took a tray to a Super Bowl party and one woman cleaned out all the cauliflower all by herself. (!)
A fresh fruit tray is nice too, again include stuff beyond just apple wedges (dip them in a little lemon juice or toss them in some orange juice, and oranges. Pineapple, melon, strawberries, kiwi, starfruit.
2/8/12 11:08 P
I would eat a regular dinner and save a couple hundred calories for snacking. You've been to bunko night before, so you know the kinds of snacks available. Pre-track your snacks, so that you go in knowing, "I can have an ounce of chips (which is about __ chips), one cookie, etc., etc." In other words, don't go in cold -- have a plan. You can do this!
Fitness Minutes: (9,524)
2/8/12 10:05 P
I am invited to a bunko party on Friday night. It starts at 6:30. I have been doing really well staying within my calorie ranges and I want to continue. On the other hand, it would be nice to be able snack a bit. For those of you who don't know, bunko night is when women come together to play a game with lots of munches and drinks to enjoy.
Should I : 1. Eat dinner ,but make sure I have a couple hundred extra calories to do a little tasting and not worry about trying to track? 2. Eat dinner and not eat a thing? 3. Eat a snack at dinner and save 300-400 calories for the party?
I am no longer worried that I will over eat. I am too invested to blow it, but it is hard to know exactly how many calories are in what. Yet, if I am going to do this lifestyle change, these situations will come up for me to deal with.
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