Writing an article about the social aspects of healthy eating is high on my list of blog to-dos, so I was excited to see this article today on ConsumerReports.com: Eating to Please Others Could Be Plumping Your Waistline.
The article shares some interesting statistics on social situations that involved eating, but unfortunately no magic bullet on how to best deal with these situations. This has been one of my biggest hurdles to date, and I’m still trying to figure it out.
I most recently dealt with it on a work trip to Kansas City, when my colleagues made plans to have dinner at an Italian restaurant. A quick online review of their menu showed that for me, there were few to no workable options for clean eating. My options?
- Be a party pooper and not go
- Spend two hours at a restaurant not eating, which would be just as awkward
- Even worse, indulge in something I’d regret later only for the sake of being social
I ended up not going, explaining that while I can technically eat anything I want, I was working really hard to lose the last few pounds. One colleague threw me a very backhanded compliment about it, but I ate healthy on my own and enjoyed an evening of “me time.”
If any of you face the same issue, I’d love to hear from you. I’m really hoping to hit a happy medium on this, and I’d love to hear how you do it!