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How To Eat Healthy At A Party

guys, here is something we have written for the site and for people who are reading the tip of the day email series. please add your experiences and any other tips you have for when you go out.



Thu. Oct 23, 12:31pm

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Most of the parties I go to aren't fancy and catered, just a gathering of friends. I bring my own veggie tray with low fat ranch and hummus to dip. I usually end up eating 1/2 of it myself.

I am usually the first to volunteer to be DD.

If I am drinking I fill my cup up with water at least once between each alcoholic beverage. I also make a commitment as to how much I am going to drink beforehand and let my PT group mates know so that I can be accountable to them the next day.

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 1:22 PM

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Find someone to talk to... far, far away from the food. Engage in conversation, not appetizers. Try NOT to park near ANY of the food.

Chew really minty gum.

Fill up a plate, eat what you take and throw your plate AWAY when you're done. I find that having an empty plate in hand is just an excuse to go fill it up.

Find something else to do with your hands - carry a clutch or wristlet, and keep water in the other hand.

If you think there's going to be any dead time... like at a Christmas party between dinner, presents and the third round desserts... and you don't feel like talking, bring a book or crossword puzzle to prevent snacking to pass the time.

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 4:37 PM

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I find its always helpful for me to eat a snack before I go to a party so I don't fixate on the food and my hunger while I'm there.

Saturday, October 25, 2008, 3:07 PM

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I really identify with the tip about the party food not being that great. I always think this is the only time I will get it. When it's really a big lie. When I do indulge, it's not that good. However, it usually opens the door to overeating when I do eat it. I am going for the fruit and veggies next time-it will keep me in control.

Friday, October 31, 2008, 12:21 PM

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The party food at my parties is always excellent and most often made from scratch... Perhaps specify corporate party food is usually crap.

Chewing gum at a party is bad ettiquete.

Friday, October 31, 2008, 12:34 PM

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But so is pulling up to a buffet and eating like it's the kitchen table. If people are going to judge me on anything let it be my bad manners and not my fat butt.

Friday, October 31, 2008, 2:09 PM

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I'd judge terrible manners much worse than a fat butt. Much easier to change manners than lose weight. I'd assume if you have no regard for ettiquete, you lack the discipline needed to lose your fat butt. Or alternatively, given that manners relate to consideration, your disregard is a sign of self absorbtion. Personally both are worse judgements than you eat too many cheetos and don't work out enough.

Friday, October 31, 2008, 2:23 PM

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guys were going off topic here.. OP have a light snack before you go to the party. than fill your plate with veg and fresh fruit and maybe a few crackers and pick three things to try. for desserts stick to three bites and watch how much you drink.. alcohol carries alot of empty calories, but enjoy the good conversation and music..
thats what I do. also you could bring a soft mint to eat after you are done to refresh your mouth so you will be able to resist eating again.

just set yourself guidelines and make a plan and stick to that plan. reward yourself for sticking to that plan.

a hot bubble bath after the party.. perhaps.


Sunday, November 02, 2008, 1:45 AM

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OK call me loony, but I had hoped to find this article dealing with some of the psychological aspects of parties & buffets. As a long timer, being on a diet for almost 2 years I've mastered the "techniques." What I haven't mastered is stuff that psychs me out - eating with family, the fact that every time I touch food the people in the room who know I've just lost 120 pounds look at me like I'm on a tightrope - I can see in their faces that they worry every time I have my three bites of chocolate cake that I might gain it back. it's the psychological effect of parties that gives me (and others, I'm sure) trouble at parties. Everyone watching everything I eat (or so I imagine), the all-or-nothing attitude (I had one brownie so I might as well just blow off diets for the day - week - year, whatever) the old family favorites like gramma's candied walnuts with 300 calories each, the I-paid-for-this-buffet-so-I-am-getting-my-money's-worth attitude - these things I need help with. The tips are great but unhelpful if the psychological stuff makes me throw caution to the wind and either give up on my diet for the day out of sheer frustration, or get so frustrated I polish off a whole bucket of cake and ice cream after a day's "resisting temptation." Maybe Peertrainer could provide us an article on how to fix our brains as we are fixing our bodies.

Thursday, June 18, 2009, 2:04 PM

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2:04 - two great resources for you...

The Beck Diet Solution and Mindless Eating. One (Beck) addresses all those issues you mention and how to stop our brains from throwing caution to the wind, as you say. It basically calls attention to all the little lies we tell ourselves to justify our eating! Great book for this kind of stuff.

Mindless Eating is a great book about human behavior and what research tells us about eating and why we often eat more than we intend to. Very fun, interesting studies like the one where people ate a lot more more multicolored M&Ms than same colored M&Ms (lesson: more variety = eating more.) Or how we often go by visual cues to determine how much to eat vs. physiological or physical cues. The study involved an endless bowl of soup - those who were eating from bowls that were rigged to remain full ate SO much more soup than those were able to see the soup bowl empty. Or how foods with exotic or fancy names compelled us to eat more than those with basic names. Same food, different names - people at more of the fancy named foods. Or studies that show how we eat exponentially more as the number of people we're dining with goes up. Group dinners = calorie disasters! Great insight into things we're often not aware of!

Thursday, June 18, 2009, 2:51 PM

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