You have great advice already on this. Being prepared and PLANNING are both good strategies.
Now for my off-the-wall supportive suggestion - it has to do with what to do when you realize you MIGHT have taken more than you want. It is OKAY not to eat everything on your plate and nobody will notice. Just a point that when all the planning and preparedness slips up, you can stop and change course midstream as well as right up front.
If you want to look like you are involved or engaged in this function, grab a glass of sparkling water and greet people as they enter. Ask them if you can get them a drink. Keep yourself actively engaged talking with people. If anyone comments that you should try this food or that, tell them you will a little later and move on to the next group or person. Ask other people about themselves, favorite hobbies outside of work, last book they read, what ever.
I usually eat a meal before going to a party. That way, I arrive full, and allow myself a small amount of almost anything offered. For some, the temptation is to eat all over again for the equivalent of two meals. I often choose the healthiest choices, and allow myself 1-2 sweet treats at the gathering.
I find that when my focus is on the people present, I don't really care about what goes into my mouth since my mind is preoccupied.
I also physically position myself at all times away from the food table. That way, it takes more effort and a conscientious decision to walk over to it. Also, if my hands have a glass of water in it, I am feeling full from the water, am not drinking soda or alcohol, and my hands are almost too full for a plate of food!
Another tip is that I usually bring a food tray of my own to serve with the others. I ask the hostess in advance if this would be all right as a way of contributing to the social event. I bring either fruits or vegetables and eat off that.
I have eaten nothing at parties, but also over eaten at them. The choice is my own, and I usually make it before I leave my house.
I hope some tip here was helpful!
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I usually eat tons of shrimp. :) Low calorie and very healthy! I try to stay away from cheese and crackers since cheese has so many calories. They usually have veggies and dip too, so that's a good choice. I always choose broccoli since it has the least calories, so then really you only have to keep the dip calories in mind.
Those articles that Coach Tanya linked are really helpful, I need to memorize them with all the dinners and get togethers coming up. Another trick I've heard about (and plan on using) is, if it's not a sit down dinner, always carry a drink in your hand... sparkling water is a good choice. It's almost impossible to eat when you've got a drink in one hand and a plate in the other.
It is likely that nobody will notice how much you are or are not eating, and if they do they likely will not judge whether or not you want to be there by how much you eat. The way to convey involvement with the event is to smile & chat with your co-workers, talk with the guest of honor, and sing along to "For S/He's a Jolly Good Fellow" when/if they bring out the cake. So if you do that, and make your eating choices with your own needs in mind, it should all be good!
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Maybe you could pick a few things to eat and then when you're full, chew some gum. This has worked for me in the past...
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I would suggest that you make the best choices depending on what is on offer, watch portions but don't starve yourself, and enjoy yourself :-)
Without knowing exactly what is being served, it is almost impossible to tell you what to eat. Use common sense is my best advice-- there should be fruit or veggie trays, maybe some sandwich meat that you can use. hopefully there will be a green salad.
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The office is hosting a going away reception for one of our staff who is moving on to a new job. There will lots of food that was not made from the Spark People Cookbook. What can I eat and not make myself look like I don't want to be involved with the event?
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