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7/8/13 12:47 P

I can't eat at parties. If it's a "snack" type thing, I just don't eat. If it's a cookout or meal, I walk around, and decide exactly what I will eat. For example, one veggie burger with a bun, one scoop of fruit salad, and as many veggies as I want with 1 tablespoon of ranch dip. I fill my plate with exactly that, eat it, and don't eat anything else. It's too hard to control portions in that type of environment for me.

On the plus side, the food usually isn't that good (cooking for a crowd is hard!). So, I just tell myself I can eat something really good when I get home.

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7/8/13 11:46 A

Chew gum :)

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (106,463)
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7/8/13 11:13 A

Here is a strategy that really helps me at parties:

Only eat a full plate of food. In other words, get to the party and scope out the food choices. Get a plate and fill it (hopefully in a healthy way with more veg than junk). Then slowly eat your plate and enjoy but only go back to the buffet if you are you going to eat another plateful. I usually set a limit on how many plates I'm going to eat before the party.

Why does this work? You're not grazing and just eating some unknown quantity of food. It's a way to exercise portion control and keep track of what you're eating. After the party, you will be able to track your food here on Spark if you use this method.

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7/8/13 11:03 A

I am an unapologetic food and drink snob. If it's just light beer/nothing I can't get on my own, I'll do the trick of alternating one beer with 2-3 cups of water. As long as you have a cup in your hand, no one cares. For food, I let myself relax a bit on portion control but still make the choices that are the healthiest possible. For example, if there's chips, I'll stick to tortilla chips and salsa (heavy on the salsa). For me as long as my hands are occupied, I don't feel the need to go to the food table again. It also helps to station myself and my conversations as far away from the food as possible.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
7/8/13 10:54 A

I tend to either allow myself a lot of calories for the party, or eat a meal before I go. Really just helps!

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,216
7/7/13 10:31 A

Maybe bring some munchies along, like baby carrots and green pepper strips that provide crunch. Reasonably priced veggies..... Actually any veggie you like...sliced cucumbers, radishes, raw cauliflower, etc.

Or maybe bring along sliced pears and/or sliced apples with a reduced fat dip.

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7/7/13 9:52 A

Try eating a meal before you go to a party. That way your stomach is full and you won't be (as) tempted to snack there. Or if you can, socialize somewhere that the food is out of sight. And you can simply tell people that you're full, or you're trying to do better for yourself by not eating xyz type of food. The beers, well, I always allot myself those calories ;)

KATIEMAE10 Posts: 202
7/7/13 9:00 A

I do really well when I'm at home/on my own/on schedule. BUT when it's the weekend, I'm hanging out with friends, at a party....I lose all self control! I don't eat chips normally, but you put me near a bag of chips at a party and I'll dominate. Not to mention the addition the calories in 3-4 beers will add! I feel like I'm on track to lose weight during the week, but derail myself on the weekends. Can anyone give me some tips to still have fun, but not completely wreck things?

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