5 Hints for Surviving Social Events
Going to events can be a stressful time for people who have started to make lifestyle change. This doesn't need to be the case with a few simple tips to keep your nutrition in check and still enjoy yourself. Being preoccupied by 'what you should be eating' can put a downer on going to a friends house or out to dinner. What if I told you that it is not the end of the world if you enjoy yourself at a friends house? (I know this sounds a little crazy!) Chances are you are more likely to succeed if you enjoy yourself in moderation. So here are some of my key tips for staying on track while out and about.
1. Don't go hungry
This is a big mistake that many people make. Skipping meals in the lead up to an event may result in you eating more. Choose snacks high in protein and fibre before you go out. This will fill you up so you make better choices out.
Wholegrain crackers with cheese
Avocado on a slice of toast
Fruit and yoghurt
Small handful of nuts
2. Set a time frame
A dinner out does not have to turn into a whole weekend. It is easy to slip into the habit of saying "I'll start again on Monday". Choose a reasonable amount of time when you do not have to think about the choices you make. Once this time is up, go back to your regular habits. For example: 'I'm going to a BBQ on Saturday at 12, so until around 2 I'm not going to worry about what I have. I better get something organised for dinner for when I get home'.
3. Eat the foods that you enjoy
Have you ever noticed how full your plate can get when you have a little bit of everything? Rather than having a taste of everything, scope out the selection first. Look for the foods that you really like the look of. Choose a couple of these foods rather than a bit of everything. That way, your portions will be smaller. Chances are you will enjoy your meal more if you focus on what you actually wanted. Let's face it, not all options are a win anyway!
Events where food is passed around can be harder. A simple way to manage this is to take something every second time it's offered. As you have come prepared (not starving) you may find this easier. You may be able to find a small plate where you can take a selection of the foods that you want. This way you can say no when the food keeps coming.
4. Watch the drinks
I'm sure this is nothing new... but it works! Alternating alcoholic drinks and soft drink with water or soda water can have a huge impact! It is very easy to have more energy coming from drinks than the food you ate! If you are drinking alcohol look for lower alcohol options such as light beer and lower alcohol wine. If you are drinking spirits, try a diet mixer or soda water.
5. Enjoy yourself!
Of all the tips I think this is the most important! Social events can be daunting and difficult if you have started to make changes to your diet. Now you have some handy hints up your sleeve so you don't end up at square one. The best part is that no one needs to know that you are on a weight loss journey! So take the time to enjoy the company, the music or the atmosphere with the knowledge that everything is going to be ok!
So next time you have an event, dinner or just a BBQ coming up remember these simple tips. You might be surprised just how easy it is!