If you’ve been following along, you’ve hopefully starting implementing the 5 Habits to support your health goals and lose some weight or maintain it. Congratulations! Creating new habits is difficult and takes some consistent effort! Over time though, these habits become ingrained so you don’t have to think about them anymore. It will happen for you too.
There will definitely be roadblocks though!
What do you do about special occasions where you don’t have complete control over the menu? You can hardly show up at a dinner and expect the meal to be specially tailored for you!
The first thing you need to do is to quit agonizing over it. Guilting yourself isn’t going to help you navigate these occasions, they are a time when friends and family are getting together and you want to focus on the people you’re spending time with and not the food you’ll be eating.
Here are a few tips will help in these scenarios.
- Follow the 5 Habits! Even if the food being served isn’t what you might normally eat, you can enjoy them in proper amounts by the following the serving sizes as suggested in the 5 Habits. Check out the handy chart in the Resources section if you need a reminder.
- Load up on the vegetable dishes if you’re concerned about the quality of the food.
- Drink water with your meal and forgo the calorie laden drinks.
- Be sure to concentrate on the Habit #1. By eating slowly and stopping when you’re 80% full, you won’t need to unbutton your pants at the end of the meal. Plus you can focus on the flavours and textures of the meal you’re enjoying. Don’t forget to send your compliments to the chef.
- Offer to bring a healthy dish if it’s appropriate.
- If you’re at a restaurant, you CAN control what you order. You can usually swap out the side order of fries for a salad, extra vegetables or a healthier carb, like a baked potato.
- If you’re able, check out a restaurant menu before you show up to have an idea of what you might want to order. This way you won’t feel pressured to order quickly.
- Remember, it’s ok to break the rules sometimes! If you’re been sticking to the 5 Habits closely for the week, don’t stress about letting lose for a special occasion that you’ve been looking forward to.
Whether it’s holiday season, a rash of birthdays on your calendar or a special celebration coming up on the horizon, it doesn’t need to derail the progress you’ve made. It can solidify your habits!