I'm picking a rule, with a sub-rule from Refuse to Regain (by Barbara Berkeley, MD) to write about. My opinions are my own, your experience may vary. I would highly recommend the book.
Rule 1, step 5- Practice
Practice is a part of becoming a weight maintenance expert. In the book, Dr. Berkeley encourages us to face our eating challenges (parties, conferences, events).
When I first switched from Medifast to primal/Paleo I took a trip to the east coast. Fortunately, there was lots of seafood and healthy choices at all meals, so it was a good time for me to practice. Plane trips, car trips, long errands, parties, pot lucks, conferences, etc are all do-able now. Practicing the first year, and staying primal/paleo is a great way to get the whole meal template down pat. A lot of work and some planning, always worth it.
What is working for me
- Events or meetings at restaurants- surf the web and check the menu for gluten free items. Seafood or grilled chicken are always good choices with a salad or steamed veggies.
- Parties- ask the hosts what is being served and bring something to share.
- Parties- where there are no good choices, eat before I go and drink coffee and chat
- Conferences- I can usually navigate most choices, but I always have a back up protein bar if not for the main meal. Coffee to end the meal is always nice.
- Travel- I practice asking about gluten/sugar, etc and how things are made or I bring a small cooler. I stop at local groceries and markets when I find them. Stopping for Starbucks as needed, for coffee or unsweetened ice tea only. If there is a local specialty that fits my food template, then I will have it. If not, I'm sure it was fabulous, but not for me.
- Eating from the low fat or low calorie menu and finding out later those foods were full of sodium and much more calories than stated.
- Parties- cooking up something special and calorie laden for a "special treat" for all.
- Parties- eating a little bit of everything because it was there and it fit on my plate. ( I learned that from Weight Watchers- unfortunately, for me = total FAIL. :0 )
- Conferences- eating whatever was there and the dessert, too! free food!
- Travel- eating at fast food (it is easy and we are in the middle of the desert), eating some biscotti with my coffee ( I'm on vacation, I will treat myself to biscotti!) Trying all the sweet local specialties. (fudge? pralines? salt water taffy? frozen custard?) Buy some to bring back to work and eat it then, too!