One approach to saboteurs might help if the food is something that you can eat but not in the portions they want you to eat, or not at that particular time: Always be prepared to pack up part of it for later or the next day, when it can fit into your eating plans. Carry zip lock bags, a cooler lunch bag, etc. That can be handy in restaurants/fast food joints also, basically bringing your own doggie bags. Then you can eat some of the food and enjoy it but still stick to your own schedule. Eat slowly and be discrete about bagging the rest before you start, and most people probably won't even notice. You also might have some success by not making it a weight loss or maintenance thing but something else - just say you have to eat according to a certain schedule or in limited amounts at a time for health reasons. That's quite true. You can even say you have to control your blood sugar, which is also universally true even if you won't go into a coma from the donut. Claim that a doctor told you so. (Just don't mention that you read it in an article by an M.D., easy to find.) It's like when you were a kid and could get out of doing some dumb stuff by saying your dad won't let you do it, people accept "the doctor said I have to do this". I tell people I'm allergic to perfume even though technically it's an intolerance, because otherwise they think I don't like the way they smell rather than not enjoying the two-day headaches and dizziness etc. Sometimes you have to adjust your language to help people understand and keep them from bugging you about it.
- 6/19/2012 5:48:20 PM