We will be starting with the holiday meals Sunday and I am worried about getting off-track yet again. We have potluck at church, usually dinner at friends Thanksgiving day, a holiday tea at church that a friend paid for for me, and Christmas dinner and brunch at a friends. Usually everything is high carb (I have diabetes, so that can be a problem) and high calorie. No one ever thinks to do something lower carb/lower calorie for desserts or appetizers at most events. All I have been able to think of is to try to take my own desserts and low cal dip for some veggies like carrots, celery and jicama for beforehand munchies at the friends' dinners (they always have chips and dip and several pies and ice cream). I have a terrible time if there is something like fudge around and can't seem to resist the pie.
For the tea they have at church, they will not even consider having anything that isn't full of carbs and calories. For them, a low cal, low carb deal is a cucumber sandwich which is bread, cream cheese (full fat) and a cucumber slice.
How do others of you handle these situations?