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816 7/16/13 2:46 A
I almost always try to eat a little something before going to an event where food will be served. There's often little/nothing on a buffet line or at a barbecue that seems particularly appealing. I also don't eat red meat, which is often the only main dish option. If I'm not ravenous when I show up, I can enjoy a bit of anything/everything that looks appetizing and skip the rest. I don't ever feel bad declining food, but I don't come from a family/culture where food = love, and I don't *think* I've ever hurt anyone's feelings by claiming "I'm not that hungry."
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3,116 7/12/13 11:09 A
This is where "learning for life" comes in. There are so many occasions where it is all about the food and food is everywhere. I feel that is is up to me to deal with it in the smartest way I can. First of all, just because it is there I don't have to eat it. I can just look and see what I really want. Then I would enjoy myself and be happy with my choices. No, I would not eat a meal before going. That would make me feel deprived. Why not go and enjoy it? Then track it.
My company had a stampede event yesterday and I struggled with this a bit. I tried to choose lighter drinks, and alternated them (2) with water. At the buffet, I took a look at it before I got in line and I started thinking about my plan. Instead of denying myself everything unhealthy (that would've left me with chili) I gave myself a super small (2 bites) serving of potato salad, a larger serving of coleslaw, mostly filled my plate with the chili then added a bun and some bbq beef. I skipped high fat condiments and butter as well as the very overcooked corn on a cob. I vaguely remember skipping something else, but I don't remember what.
It helps that the plates were small and I wasn't going back for seconds. Basically, I negotiated with myself - I had the bun and the coleslaw so I didn't need more than a taste of the potato salad and I made the main part of my meal the healthiest option - the chili.
Now,I'm pretty sure a wedding buffet isn't going to look like a Stampede buffet :) But you're much more likely to get healthy options like grilled chicken at a wedding. And salads without dressing which is what I was really hoping for yesterday.
Basically, if you make the majority of the meal healthy - salad, lean meats and veg, then adding something less healthy isn't going to kill you.
I try to think of my calories being balanced over a week, rather that just on one day. When I've got a big event coming up then I try to eat at the lower end of my calorie range for the week leading up to it and exercise more. That way I can go and enjoy myself and not feel left out. However, to stop myself going totally overboard I try to bear in mind the type of advice that has been offered here, it's all good!
"fail to plan, plan to fail" is my motto for situations like this. (I have a birthday dinner tonight so I'm working on my plan lol)
and as one person said, don't let one meal throw you off track.
For me the first thing is to limit alcohol consumption. even if I can fit the calories into my range, alcohol changes my metabolism somehow. second is portion size. if there is something on the buffet I really really want, then I have some, but just a few bites. not going to the event STARVING is a biggie for me.
good luck...you can do this
Fitness Minutes: (15,946)
1,078 7/5/13 10:24 A
I have the same issue coming up in a few weeks going to a friend's wedding, and with a wedding I was in a few months ago, I just surveyed the buffet line as I was going through, and chose the healthiest looking items on there. There was a stuffed chicken breast, but since I don't like stuffing, I just (very tactfully) de-skinned most of the chicken and ate that sans stuffing. I had a ton of veggies and a salad as well.
I eat anything I want only in moderation, and work out as normal on that day
Fitness Minutes: (28,300)
225 7/4/13 2:28 P
Try to remember that you are not on a diet. You are learning to eat like a normal healthy thin person. If you are talking about a wedding where food is just around and available, eat first and stay away from the food. If you are far enough along in your progress, eat before you go, but leave enough to sample the goodies, but remember your limits, eat only what you planned, and then socialize as far away from the food as you can get.
There are a few strategies I use, depending on how the food is being served. If it is a buffet or potluck or picnic, or the type of event where a small amount of food is being served around as appetizers, it is easier. What I do in that case is make sure I go to the event having a pre-determined limit to what I'm going to eat & drink and how much, estimate as best as I can, and stop when I've reached my limit. I also try to select more healthy things (salads, fruit, nuts, grilled meats) and avoid bad things (sauces, fried food, sugary food, bread, soda & alcohol). And when I'm done, I walk as far away from the food as I can to avoid temptation and concentrate on socializing.
If it's a sit-down meal, it's a little harder for me, because I hate leaving food on my plate, and I don't want to be a bad guest. I try to let the host know to serve me small portions, and if that's not possible, I try to praise the food effusively and proclaim how full I am once I've had enough, instead of clearing my plate. Or, if I know that's going to be really hard to do, I try to work the rest of my eating plan around it. One meal isn't going to totally derail me anyway.
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