-By Lifestyle Food
In this era of technology, having real friends and socializing with them is a blessing and definitely need not be disguised! Is all of this socializing showing on your weighing scale? Why do you fear when we are here? Mix, mingle, and yet scale down your weight. Of course, this is not a magic potion! Learn to slim down without sacrificing your social life. Prost to our health!
As social animals, it’s hard to imagine getting together without the company of food. Food is something that most of us find pleasurable and trying new foods or eateries is a new experience we love to share with others. But when you’re dieting, it is really hard to eat your sad-looking salad while the rest of the company enjoys their cheesy pizza. Dieting isolates you, makes it impossible to take a break and go out to lunch with colleagues and friends. Your family, friends, and co-workers may not be thrilled with your lifestyle changes and can present a lot of discouragement, even if they are well-meaning.
Warding off Gluttony
“You don’t like the food I cooked?” “A little bite won’t hurt you.” Sound familiar? Do you always think about what menu will be served at the party? Will I be tempted to eat food that won’t help me reach my goals? For most people, temptations like staying up late, drinking and eating large amounts of “off-plan” foods, are more alluring in a social setting than when hanging out at home. That’s why some people choose to skip social activities to avoid a “breakage”. A strategic approach can help you come out of this dilemma.
Chuck the Drama
You don’t need to announce your current diet. If someone is insisting that you eat something just pick whatever you feel is good and politely refuse what is not on your diet. Don’t get into an argument over what is healthy and food choices. This will help you to ward off undesired attention too.
“If your diet for losing weight is socially isolating you, then it is no longer healthy.”
Positive Words for a Positive Diet
Don’t initiate word wars over your food choices or someone else’s. Eliminate negative sounds from your answers. Instead of saying – ‘I am not eating this’ say ‘I do not eat for eg., gluten, grains, wheat, legumes, dairy, fruit, etc. Try saying currently I’m enjoying more of, let’s say fruits, raw food, oil-free food. If the host insists, politely tell them “suits me the best”
Don’t Lose Focus
Don’t skip the workout even if you skip the gym. If you’re not able to train in the gym due to an invitation, wake up early to take a stroll or lift dumbbells in your drawing-room.
Pick your menu in advance
If you’re going to a bar or restaurant where you’re familiar with the menu then decide your drink/meals beforehand according to the diet plan. Always zero-in on more than one item so that you can opt for the other if the first choice is unavailable. If it is a new place? Don’t worry! Google the menu.
“Utilize the events as opportunities to spend time greeting and meeting, chatting and socializing with friends and family.”
Contribute to the Menu
If you’re invited to someone’s house, offer them to bring an appetizer or dessert. Ditch the sugar and wrap the veggies innovatively and use substitutes to make it healthy and tempting at the same time. This will definitely make your host happy too. That is what we call two birds with one stone!
Don’t go out hungry
Always eat a filling snack ahead of time. This will help you to make more rational choices while ordering the food. People become more impulsive when they’re hungry.
Organize outings or get-togethers which are not focused on food- like making henna art, movie night or hiking or a visit to a concert. Even your near and dear ones will appreciate this novel way to enjoy together.
Socialize to get Fit
Finding a company on your weight loss journey can be the best way to socialize and stay fit. Create your own group or join one, take inspiration from TV shows or YouTube. If you’re not a fit in your local groups, find one on social media and share your experiences online.
Group activities not only help you to stay fit but also bestow an opportunity to meet like-minded people. Go for Zumba classes or marathons to grow individually and socially. Even joining an adult softball or kickball team or sports club is a great way to combine wellness and socialization. Never hesitate to experiment.
To live a fruitful life, most people think they just need to eat well, be active, and avoid being careless. These things are paramount but the social connections may, in fact, be a greater precursor of longevity than the other factors we associate with health. Plus, brain stimulation from socializing helps the cognitive skills that make those extra years healthy! Say ‘yay!’ to the invitations and show up with confidence knowing you have the skills and mindfulness needed to enjoy everything about the event. Dieting is all about eating smart and it’s not a prohibition on socializing.