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dinner dilemma, what should i do?

as the girlfriend of an artist, my weekends are always filled with art openings. it's fun, but the problem is that they always have a wide variety of amaaaazing food. i always struggle to keep myself under control.
tonight in particular there are a bunch of openings. i know they say that starving yourself beforehand is not healthy and will just cause you to stuff anything into your face because you're so hungry. i understand this. but what if i just eat an apple or something before i go and then let the food at the art openings serve as dinner? is that a really bad idea? i know i'd still need to be careful and stay in crontrol. i know it would be healthier to just eat a healthy dinner and then not eat much at the openings, but i just don't think that's realistic. any advice?

Fri. May 4, 2:29pm

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I would eat a small snack before the openings and then eat at the openings. It's a fun atmosphere and I am all for enjoying oneself. HOWEVER, don't over do it. Practice portion control and you will be fine. Have fun!

Friday, May 04, 2007, 3:17 PM

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Well you mentioned that they have a wide variety...just make sensible healthy choices. Choose the fruit and veggies options instead of the cakes and cookies. Go with a game plan in mind and how you'll stick to it. Maybe you'll allow yourself one sweet thing as a reward.

Friday, May 04, 2007, 3:23 PM

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I agree. I would eat something small earlier in the day, but then don't go crazy. Scope out the offerings when you get there and plan what you are going to eat for the evening. For example "I'll have 1 salad roll, 2 of those tiny crackers with spread, 1 of those chicken skewers and I'll nurse a glass of red". That way you can pace yourself a bit and somehow just saying it in your own head helps you stick to it. If you suspect that different plates of goodies will be appearing throughout the night - then go a bit slower and make sure you keep track of what you've already eaten so you know wether or not you can 'afford' it. Watch out for waiters who snatch up empty glasses and plates - it helps you forget that you've already had 2 glasses of white and an entire plate of food.

Friday, May 04, 2007, 3:25 PM

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I often make a "cocktail hour" count as my dinner. But you still need to be careful! Figure each thing you eat has at least 100 calories, and judge by that. If I'm somewhere with passed appetizers, I can take 4 or 5, and call it dinner. So, I choose carefully. If something doesn't look fabulous, just b/c they come around with it doesn't mean I have to take it.

Try to time out how you eat. For example, have a glass of water in between each time you eat something. That'll make it easier too b/c you don't have to juggle as much in your hands.

If there's a buffet table, make sure you stand away from it and talk to people; that way you won't be mindlessly munching while you talk.

Remember, above all (and this is the tricky part for most people on this site) - the event is an art opening. The objective is for people to see your boyfriend's art. Eating is not the objective. It's just a pleasant "extra." So, enjoy and focus on the art, and have a few nibbles if you so choose.

Friday, May 04, 2007, 3:52 PM

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take a moment to reflect on how many ungloved hands have touched the food being passed around (the waitstaff sometimes are in charge of replenishing the trays as needed, and often do so without gloves), and ask yourself how long the food has been unrefrigerated. this dissuades me from noshing almost every time i attend such a function. i eat a hearty salad before arriving and drink a glass or two of wine. if i'm still hungry afterwards, i have something light like some toast or a handful of nuts.

Friday, May 04, 2007, 4:02 PM

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