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TORIAMAE Posts: 1,080
5/28/13 4:13 P

I second the idea of bringing something you can eat...but that still doesn't take care of what everyone else is eating and what to do about that.

I have a hard time having "just a little" and have found I'm better off just saying no.

So I tell myself:

This isn't the last time you'll see ice cream.

Those are grocery store cupcakes...not even that great!

You're not even hungry!

And on and on.

It's a mental battle for me, choosing to stay with healthy foods no matter what.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
5/28/13 3:35 P

Social gatherings in general are my downfall. Too many delicious, high calorie foods!

I try to have a game plan going in. If I know there will be hotdogs and hamburgers, I decide on a burger without a bun. If there's going to be a lot of awesome desserts, I try to decide ahead of time which one I will have. I try to fill up on salad and beans if possible.

But when it's all said and done, sometimes I just have a bad day. I never use that as an excuse to quit or give up. I just start the next day with more determination.

LUCKYNUMBER23 SparkPoints: (12,425)
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5/28/13 1:34 P

Eat a piece of fruit before you eat. Bring a healthy dish. Only allow 1 or 2 goodies. Use a teaspoon to serve yourself.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,617
5/28/13 12:14 P

Don't show up ravenous because it's easier to lose control that way. Eat a healthy snack before the gathering. Try eating lighter for a few days before and after to give yourself a little allowance for an extra bite of something you find delish.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
5/28/13 10:49 A

Bring a healthy dish you can eat to share with others if it's a potluck. Keep your focus on socializing with other people. If you have the kind of family that constantly pushes you to eat, leave a bit of food on your plate, and mess it around so it looks like you had more. Then when they say "Aren't you eating?" you say "Omigosh, I'm SO FULL! Everything is SO GOOD!" Then ask about their health.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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5/28/13 10:38 A

I stick to the veggie platter and away from almost everything that contains mayo. If there's something special that I only have a chance to eat once a year or so, I'll have a small portion that but otherwise, I'll stick to as much healthy, unprocessed stuff as I can.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
5/28/13 9:07 A

It depends on what they serve. If everything is mostly fattening, high cal, just have small portions of anything and listen for the cues that your body is getting full. Then stop.

If they have a selection of fruits and veggies, eat lots of those, and then a small portion of the meat or protein choice.

For example, at the recent birthday parties and cookouts that I have been to, I have had a burger, no bun (I'm not anticarb, just don't love them and they don't really have a lot of nutrient rich value), a selection of veggies from the veggie tray, sometimes a very small spoonful of potato salad, (that depends on other selections) if they have more healthy selections, I try to choose those.

I don't drink my calories. I have water usually only. I will even bring a bottle if I don't think that they will have any there.

5/27/13 9:20 A

Does anyone have suggestions for eating healthy at family gathering? They are my downfall.

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