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