Attending Special Events While on a Diet
Every dieter needs to take a proactive attitude when it comes to special events. We cannot control everything that happens in our lives, but we can control what we put in our mouths. While you can’t tell a host or hostess what to serve, you can certainly find out ahead what they will be serving and make alternative arrangements if you need to.
Attending the events and your diet
If the event is being held at the host or hostesses’ home, simply explain that it is important that you stick to your diet and that you will be bringing something to eat. Some diets require you to eat pre-prepared food so you can eat one of those meals. If the event is a potluck style event, offer to bring both a main dish and a salad — this way you are ensured that there will be at least two things that you can eat.
Before you go to the event, drink a glass or two of water. Eat something small to help fill your stomach, such as a cup of yogurt and a piece of fruit. This way if the event has a lot of h’ors oeuvres you will not be as tempted to indulge in them. With a fuller stomach, you’ll have less reason to reach out for them.
As you attend the event, take extra time socializing with people. The point of every event is to celebrate something. Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, bridal showers and other events — are all to celebrate something. So spend time with your loved ones and enjoy their company. Really listen to people and get involved in conversations. Sometimes you can get so involved in conversations you won’t even realize that you didn’t eat very much!
Special events should be enjoyed. A diet is a temporary circumstance. Plan ahead so that you are comfortable at this event and not feel so tempted in this situation. Enjoy yourself!