A family gathering. A church potluck. A company picnic. Picture the long table of delicious homemade casseroles, salads, breads, dips, you name it! Oh and not to mention the completely separate table chalk-full of warm, gooey, crumbly, fragrant desserts.
Your mouth is watering. I would bet that right now you could name some lady who has the secret recipe that you look forward to at every get-together. Can you see her pulling out that steaming dish?
We have a problem. You know what comes next.
Now you are in the car driving home. How do you feel? Personally, I am glad I wore the loose fitting dress instead of pants. I am ready to pass out, and please oh please don’t make me walk anywhere.
It has become pretty acceptable to overeat, and maybe some of the time we go into these events expecting that we will.
With a few simple tips, these potluck buffets no longer have to be about overeating. The whole reason we are there should be about the people, not about the food. Although the tasty recipes are a big incentive, lets remember why we are really attending, and then follow a few pointers to avoid the feeling of “I ate enough to last me until next weekend”.
1. FOCUS ON THE PEOPLE
Are you there because you are starving, or because you want to see friends & family? If you are starving, make yourself eat a few pieces of vegetables and hang out a little bit before dishing up.
2. EAT BEFORE YOU GO
. . . And make sure you are hydrated! If you feel starved/thirsty you are far more likely to overeat.
3. DECIDE WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO EAT
Scope our the table before you get in line, and plan out what you want to try.
4. — USE A SMALLER PLATE
Maybe you have to grab a plate from the dessert table, but using a smaller plate will keep your portions in check. But remember – this is not a competition of the highest food tower. Fill the little plate and be satisfied. If smaller plates are not available, make sure you have empty space on your plate by the end of the line.
5. SIT AND EAT A MEAL
Rather than snacking throughout the entire event, sit and enjoy a filling meal and then get back to mingling. (Or politely excuse yourself and leave, if you are an introvert like I am). Enjoy the delicious assortment of recipes until you are full, and then be done!
6. HAVE CONVERSATION AWAY FROM THE SNACK TABLE
Avoid picking up food just to have something in your hands. Try carrying around a glass of water instead.
7. BRIND A HEALTHY DISH TO SHARE
Here is your chance to use that (plant-based, whole-foods) recipe you have been dying to try!
With these seven tips, you just might be able to walk away from that park, fellowship hall, conference room, or even grandma’s dining room without needing a stretcher. Share these tips with your friends so that you don’t end up needing to revive them after the party.