Eating Strategies for Family Reunions, Potlucks, etc.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
I love family reunions, church fellowships, and other communal dining occasions. I used to eat with abandon, even to the point that my stomach would actually hurt. However, I know that I always felt bad after so much food. I have developed these strategies to help me eat at a potluck and not regret it.
1. Get lots of fruit. I try to always bring some kind of fruit. Today I brought watermelon and cantaloupe chunks.
2. Get some salad if there are any that are not loaded with fatty dressings.
3. Get vegetables. Go for the ones that aren't fried.
4. Get very small servings of the dishes you pick. If you get two entrees, get a half serving of each. The more choices you make, the smaller amount you should put on your plate. It is better to taste a couple of dishes, than to fret or feel deprived, but even if this is a special occasion, you don't want your food to make you feel bad. For example, I like potato salad, but I eat it only at picnics or reunions and I serve myself a very small portion.
5. Wait till after you have eaten to visit the dessert table. You won't be as hungry, and many desserts just aren't as appealing once they have been cut or scooped. That glorious looking dessert may not have as much eye appeal after the rest of the people have hacked into it and it will be easier to resist.
6. If you are splurging on dessert, make it count. Look at the entire selection before serving yourself anything.
7. Go for the homemade desserts. If it is available in a store now, it will be available later. There's no need to splurge on it now.
8. Get small servings of the desserts that you have deemed worthy of tasting. No more than will fit on a small dessert plate.
9. Take a bite of the first dessert. Smell it. Savor it. Really taste it. If you are going to eat dessert, then enjoy eating dessert without guilt.
10. You don't have to eat the whole serving (don't worry about wasting a small amount of food). If the first bite of anything is not totally awesome, don't make yourself eat more.