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Simple Social Solution: Pre-Eat

Friday, August 30, 2013

So, you have a big party or event coming up, and you are wondering how in the Sam Hill you are going to manage to not eat everything in sight. Especially since you know they are having it catered in by your all-time favorite barbeque and cheesecake places. Feels like a social binge just waiting to happen, doesn't it?

Trust me, you can still eat at your event and not devour everything in sight. Really. When you hear my solution, you are going to smack yourself in the head and say "Why didn't I think of that?".

I call it "Pre-eatting". And it's pretty darned simple:

About 20 minutes before you leave for your event, eat something. Make it a something healthy, low in fat, high in fiber, and high in water content. Like a small veggie salad with nonfat dressing. Or an apple. Yeah, there are a few calories in these foods, but not as many as the junk you'd be ravenously devouring if you showed up at your event starved.

Oh, and drink a glass of water, to help the fiber in what you are eating swell up and fill your tummy even more.

You'll still be able to eat the foods you truly WANT at the event (if you want anything, since you won't be hungry), but you won't feel the overwhelming need to throw yourself at the cheesecake bar.

Simple, but effective. Give it a try! And let me know what you think!
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    Great post! I have been doing that for years and it makes a huge difference. I do that at work luncheons too. I am actually a little shocked when I see people walking away with two plates piled with food. I also hear people saying that they held off eating that day because they knew there was going to be a spread. Dangerous!
    1751 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    I like that you have given a name to something I already know I should do. Makes it easier to manage as a solution.
    1755 days ago
    While growing up I learned that when free food is being served you're supposed to show up hungry and eat as much as you can. :) It seemed like a good idea at the time! LOL!

    But seriously, I think this is great advice! I think this idea works better than "calorie banking" where people try to eat less at other meals to account for the mystery calories they plan to consume at a event. Seems like calorie banking is the same thing as showing up hungry, whereas pre-eating means showing up less hungry.
    1756 days ago
    I will try it the next time I go somewhere.
    1756 days ago
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  • SKATER787
    Good idea.
    1756 days ago
  • LEWILL1982
    They teach us that in WW, it is a great trick :-) My issue becomes remembering that I have to practice self control and to remember to listen to my hunger cues and also remembering that just becuase it's here now, doesn't mean I have to eat it and it also doesn't mean that if I pass now, it will never be offered to me again. Great blog, thanks!
    1756 days ago
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