Some people socially smoke. This has never been the case for me, as I’ve always been an avid anti-smoker.
Some people socially drink. Sure, I enjoy a few drinks with friends, but gone are my college days of drinking to the point of incoherence.
However….social eating? Yup, I’m all over that. As a general rule, my day-to-day dietary intake is pretty healthy and under control. But put me in a social environment with friends or family, and it is like I become hypnotized. Everything tastes better, is more fun to eat, and my willpower flies out the window. Sure, I know all the suggested tips and tricks… have a healthy snack first so you feel full before the other food comes out; drink water first; exercise portion control; stop eating after 7pm; brush your teeth…. Those are all nifty ideas. Too bad I completely ignore them in these situations. Especially if I have not had to prepare the food – it magically tastes even more delicious when prepared by someone else, and I can’t stop.
Today while away from home visiting family, I started out well with a light healthy breakfast and a decent lunch. But by late afternoon, all h-ll broke loose. Appetizers started around 5pm….followed by dinner….then dessert. And now, as I type, I am literally in pain and wishing I had packed tums and feel the need to go bike 20 miles. But instead I’m snuggled into a hotel bed while the calories ravage my body. And, true to any good food splurge, I am promising myself that I won’t eat anything for a long time…..well, until we all meet up again tomorrow for brunch.