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Okay, I used to always think, well it's a birthday party, family bbq, we're at a wedding reception, a pot luck, husband's work party, graduation party, baby shower, whatever No ONE diets at these things. Well I've resolved I do need to bring my Medifast food to these events (and have done that) but my question is Do you say anything. I mean when everyone else is eating I like to eat too just with bars or whatever, but when I am with people I don't know as well, what to say? I mean does everyone else just eat before or after the event or do you deal with the stares of wonder from folks as you open your food wrapper? I'm considering saying something like "I have to eat special foods for health reasons" any other suggestions?.

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I was on Medifast all through the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. I just explain I'm on a very restricted diet and that I'm sorry I might not enjoy everything they're serving this year, but I'm just glad I could be there to enjoy everyone's company. Then I ensure I have a glass of water in my hands at all times. If there was nothing on the table I could eat, I got up and left the table, if it wasn't rude. If I couldn't do that, I put something I didn't like on my plate and just pushed it around to look like I was eating.

I ate my Medifast meal in the quiet of another room away from everyone else if it was time to eat (or outside brrrrrrrr) so as to minimize conversation. I stayed 100% on plan through out. I won't say it was easy, but to me, it was worth it and I felt so very proud of myself for making it too..

Comment #1

I guess I hadn't thought of the pushing food around my plate before I might try that when I'm with people I really need to be formal around thanks for the idea..

Comment #2

For years now I have always done high protein items, and so I jsut tell people I am having a protein shake or bar..

Comment #3

I usually bring a veggie tray to parties/BBQ's, etc. That way there is always something you can munch on and still feel social. Even at formal events like weddings, there is usually always a lean meat (even if you have to scrape off the sauce) and a salad and veggies. Even if there isn't an entire L&G meal, you can usually still find some veggies to eat, and have some bars on hand to keep in your purse. We have had many family parties and even 2 weddings this summer, I was still able to stay 100% OP. It's true that most people won't even notice what you are or are not eating. The more social events you attend and manage to stay OP, the more empowered you will feel..

Comment #4

I try to plan my L&G (or both since I split) around events like that because most of the time I can find something to eat and then it's fairly unobtrusive. If I can't do that, I bring a portable, non-packaged Medifast food (such as a muffin or tomato bagel) and have that. I use the line "Oh, I'm on SUCH a diet...." all the time. If you look regretful yet determined when you say that, people tend to go "Oh, okay, cool." I rarely have anyone push me to take food after I say that. The times they have I go all southern belle on them with the whole "Oh, goodness, I'd *love* to eat that; but you know, I just don't believe I could *stop* it looks so good!" (Points if you can make "good" last three syllables.) Paired up with a bright smile it works every time.

My experience, and YMMV, is that people really don't care about what you're eating unless they are somehow made to feel uncomfortable about it. If you quietly go about your day doing what you should be doing on MF, mostly it won't be a big deal. The times it would be a big deal like turning down a piece of your niece's first birthday cake, etc, you do the old pushing around on the plate method of diverting attention. People will notice if you don't take the cake; but no one will ever notice that you didn't actually take a bite of it!.

Comment #5

Typically it's dinner time that we are out with others. I will either bring my own salad with chicken and such or order something Medifast friendly. And then I tell people that I'm on a meal replacement program so that I can lose the rest of this weight (who can't sympathize with that?) and that when I'm finished I will be eating whole/clean foods- nothing processed or packaged. I was doing that before starting medifast. I have noticed that people either look at me a little funny or ask more questions. I don't mind either.

I brought bowl of Medifast pudding to the movies a couple weeks ago. I like to talk about weight loss, though, everyone has their own struggle and story. I just say- We are the example. It makes me less tempted to put something crappy in my mouth..

Comment #6

I would ensure you have a big glass of water (or if it is served and you can handle it a diet soda). If none of the food you can eat, then don't eat and if people ask, just say that you met an old frield for brunch and that you are so full you can not eat another bite! I've done that before and then mid party go to another room, out to the car, or in dire emergency the bathroom and eat a bar. You can eat it in a minute (although not ideal), get your meal in, and no one will even notice you were gone. By doing this, people don't even have to know you are on a diet so you don't need to tell them, they just assume you overeat earlier in the day!.

Comment #7

I was on Medifast all through the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. I just explain I'm on a very restricted diet and that I'm sorry I might not enjoy everything they're serving this year, but I'm just glad I could be there to enjoy everyone's company. Then I ensure I have a glass of water in my hands at all times. If there was nothing on the table I could eat, I got up and left the table, if it wasn't rude. If I couldn't do that, I put something I didn't like on my plate and just pushed it around to look like I was eating.

I ate my Medifast meal in the quiet of another room away from everyone else if it was time to eat (or outside brrrrrrrr) so as to minimize conversation. I stayed 100% on plan through out. I won't say it was easy, but to me, it was worth it and I felt so very proud of myself for making it too...

Comment #8

I guess I hadn't thought of the pushing food around my plate before I might try that when I'm with people I really need to be formal around thanks for the idea...

Comment #9

For years now I have always done high protein items, and so I jsut tell people I am having a protein shake or bar...

Comment #10

I usually bring a veggie tray to parties/BBQ's, etc. That way there is always something you can munch on and still feel social. Even at formal events like weddings, there is usually always a lean meat (even if you have to scrape off the sauce) and a salad and veggies. Even if there isn't an entire L&G meal, you can usually still find some veggies to eat, and have some bars on hand to keep in your purse. We have had many family parties and even 2 weddings this summer, I was still able to stay 100% OP. It's true that most people won't even notice what you are or are not eating. The more social events you attend and manage to stay OP, the more empowered you will feel...

Comment #11

I try to plan my L&G (or both since I split) around events like that because most of the time I can find something to eat and then it's fairly unobtrusive. If I can't do that, I bring a portable, non-packaged Medifast food (such as a muffin or tomato bagel) and have that. I use the line "Oh, I'm on SUCH a diet...." all the time. If you look regretful yet determined when you say that, people tend to go "Oh, okay, cool." I rarely have anyone push me to take food after I say that. The times they have I go all southern belle on them with the whole "Oh, goodness, I'd *love* to eat that; but you know, I just don't believe I could *stop* it looks so good!" (Points if you can make "good" last three syllables.) Paired up with a bright smile it works every time..

My experience, and YMMV, is that people really don't care about what you're eating unless they are somehow made to feel uncomfortable about it. If you quietly go about your day doing what you should be doing on MF, mostly it won't be a big deal. The times it would be a big deal like turning down a piece of your niece's first birthday cake, etc, you do the old pushing around on the plate method of diverting attention. People will notice if you don't take the cake; but no one will ever notice that you didn't actually take a bite of it!..

Comment #12

Typically it's dinner time that we are out with others. I will either bring my own salad with chicken and such or order something Medifast friendly. And then I tell people that I'm on a meal replacement program so that I can lose the rest of this weight (who can't sympathize with that?) and that when I'm finished I will be eating whole/clean foods- nothing processed or packaged. I was doing that before starting medifast. I have noticed that people either look at me a little funny or ask more questions. I don't mind either.

I brought bowl of Medifast pudding to the movies a couple weeks ago. I like to talk about weight loss, though, everyone has their own struggle and story. I just say- We are the example. It makes me less tempted to put something crappy in my mouth...

Comment #13

I would ensure you have a big glass of water (or if it is served and you can handle it a diet soda). If none of the food you can eat, then don't eat and if people ask, just say that you met an old frield for brunch and that you are so full you can not eat another bite! I've done that before and then mid party go to another room, out to the car, or in dire emergency the bathroom and eat a bar. You can eat it in a minute (although not ideal), get your meal in, and no one will even notice you were gone. By doing this, people don't even have to know you are on a diet so you don't need to tell them, they just assume you overeat earlier in the day!..

Comment #14

I try to plan my L&G (or both since I split) around events like that because most of the time I can find something to eat and then it's fairly unobtrusive. If I can't do that, I bring a portable, non-packaged Medifast food (such as a muffin or tomato bagel) and have that. I use the line "Oh, I'm on SUCH a diet...." all the time. If you look regretful yet determined when you say that, people tend to go "Oh, okay, cool." I rarely have anyone push me to take food after I say that. The times they have I go all southern belle on them with the whole "Oh, goodness, I'd *love* to eat that; but you know, I just don't believe I could *stop* it looks so good!" (Points if you can make "good" last three syllables.) Paired up with a bright smile it works every time.

My experience, and YMMV, is that people really don't care about what you're eating unless they are somehow made to feel uncomfortable about it. If you quietly go about your day doing what you should be doing on MF, mostly it won't be a big deal. The times it would be a big deal like turning down a piece of your niece's first birthday cake, etc, you do the old pushing around on the plate method of diverting attention. People will notice if you don't take the cake; but no one will ever notice that you didn't actually take a bite of it!..

Comment #15


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.

 

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