Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Typically, the fact that I have a gluten intolerance makes it very easy to wriggle my way out of eating "obligation foods," which we eat to be polite. Your friend made cookies? Not a problem! "Oh, those look sooooo delicious, but I can't eat any! Too bad!"
However, this can definitely backfire when someone makes something specially *for you*. For her birthday, my coworkers and I planned to surprise my boss with her favorite things: wine and brownies. Since I don't like wine and can't eat brownies, I brought a snack for myself, thinking I was safe. Little did I know that my coworker had prepared special flourless brownies just for me.... Ohhhh... uh, thank you, coworker....
In case you don't know: "flourless" = "big old pile of butter and chocolate."
I couldn't refuse outright, and since there were only five of us there, I couldn't take one bite and hide the rest. I ate 2/3 of a brownie, thinking that would be safe, and begged for the recipe ("This is sooooo good! You HAVE to give me the recipe!") so I could analyze it on SP later.
Each one of those obligation brownies? 383 calories! And it's not like they were huge either. This means I consumed 256 calories out of social obligation.
I almost cried when I entered it onto my food tracker (and am honestly feeling a little weepy about it right now). It isn't like I haven't gone over my calorie range before, but those were conscious decisions. *I* was making the choice to splurge, and only when I really *really* wanted to. But to be forced into it just made me feel a little helpless...
How do I deal with this the next time it comes up (and this IS the second time that it has...)?