holiday parties... How do you avoid the food?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2013-12-12 15:49:32 -0600
Started 2013-12-04 21:45:57 -0600

So tis the season for holiday parties. It seems that all parties have to have food and not just a little, it is more like a smorgasbord even if there isn't a meal being served. I always find it hard to avoid the delicious holiday specialty dishes. So I am searching for new ideas on how to graciously avoid eating so much at holiday parties… Any Ideas???


8 replies

Glucerna
Glucerna 2013-12-05 16:02:32 -0600 Report

I love the suggestion to eat before you go to the party so you're not hungry when you get there. You might try staying far away from the table with the food; whenever food is within easy reach we often find ourselves mindlessly eating. I like the way you said you want to avoid 'eating so much'; that doesn't mean that you can't eat anything, but rather that you're making choices about what and how much to eat. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-06 12:34:13 -0600 Report

Lynn why do you say "whenever food is within easy reach we often find ourselves mindlessly eating." This does not happen to everyone. Some people actually have enough common sense not to eat everything on the buffet or menu. The problem is that people see food and think that because it is there, it has to be eaten.

I went to a reception at our State House. There was all kinds of foods on the buffet. A woman on our bus said she was diabetic an hoped there was food there she could eat. This was the first time she had ever been to a reception of that kind. I told her there was food for every diet.

Lynn I swear that woman ate everything on the buffet twice. She had everything on the sweets table 3 times. I on the other hand had scallops, chicken, turkey, roast beef and field greens with thousand island dressing and a petittfor. I was fine. Two hours later as we were waiting for our bus, the woman told me her blood sugar was really high. I said that is what happens when you eat everything in sight. I told her my blood sugar was fine.

The idea of eating before is the oldest trick out there. I learned that from my partying days.

Glucerna
Glucerna 2013-12-06 15:17:30 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing this story Joyce. There certainly are many people like yourself who eat mindfully. However, I bet that there are even more people who struggle with overeating, similar to the woman at the reception. Sometimes people eat before they go to a party, and eat even more when they get to the party. I hope more folks take your cue! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-05 12:14:07 -0600 Report

As dagger said eat before you go. Just because the food is out there does not mean you have to eat it. I am about to go to a reception at City Hall next week and there will be all kinds of international foods there. I will eat before I go.

dagger1234
dagger1234 2013-12-05 02:18:10 -0600 Report

Try eating before you go to the parties/dinners and drink a lot of water that way you aren't tempted as much to go crazy.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-12-05 06:00:41 -0600 Report

This is my thought too. Filling up can help slow down the "dipping". I also look for the one or two things that are more allowable for me. And I try to keep more of that on my party plate. I am not always so successful with it though. I did great for Thanksgiving, but I bake a lot of goodies to give at Christmas, and having all those little temptations laying around is harder for sure.

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