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I’m having like episodes of wanting to taste everything .. I’ve attended about 7 parties in the past month and I want to raste everything .. I need to refocus anyone else doing the same

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Remind yourself that "you know what that tastes like" or a mind trick I like to play is picturing the food being sneezed on or made with dirty hands or dropped on a gas station bathroom floor. Keep your focus. Take healthy Snacks with you to those parties if they are something you MUST attend.

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It comes and goes.. recently I went to a fund raiser and could only eat salad with no dressing... I was so crabby , next time I’ll bring what I can eat even if it’s just for me..these changes can make us feel resentful but I look at it this way.. at 55 I hit my quota on bad food like 20 years ago.Eating that food brought me to the most unhealthy place I could be and I view the stuff I can’t have like drugs or alcohol to other addicts and I focus on the people around me and not the food I don’t get to eat!

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22 minutes ago, Carrot64 said:

It comes and goes.. recently I went to a fund raiser and could only eat salad with no dressing... I was so crabby , next time I’ll bring what I can eat even if it’s just for me..these changes can make us feel resentful but I look at it this way.. at 55 I hit my quota on bad food like 20 years ago.Eating that food brought me to the most unhealthy place I could be and I view the stuff I can’t have like drugs or alcohol to other addicts and I focus on the people around me and not the food I don’t get to eat!

It's an evolution. I do IF. Because of that, if I "miss my meal" it's no big deal. If a social function doesn't have something I can eat, then it's very simple. No angst. No pangs. No regrets. No sadness. Food is just food. I go home and eat a normal meal or snack that's on my plan. Instead I just enjoy the social aspect of it and visit and meet new people.

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57 minutes ago, FluffyChix said:

I just enjoy the social aspect of it and visit and meet new people

This was key for me. My mindset changed early on that parties/get-togethers were about the company and not about eating the food.

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4 hours ago, GradyCat said:

I'm learning that I don't HAVE to eat it just because it's there.

Isn't that the hardest part. We're so conditioned that it's rude or uncouth to not eat at a social function... But we really don't have to.

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13 minutes ago, apiane said:

Isn't that the hardest part. We're so conditioned that it's rude or uncouth to not eat at a social function... But we really don't have to.

No it's not. Naturally thin women have been doing it forever. :) They were actually taught to "eat" before the party so you don't look like "pig" at the party. At least in the South, our mamas taught us that...

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And a fair amount of Midwestern Mama's did too. Along with not demanding a drink when visiting relatives and friends, it's tacky and pushy! Thanks Fluffy Chix for bringing that to mind!

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