Fall is here! Football season is here! I love my Michigan State Spartans, but honestly, I can’t pay attention to any football game for more than a few seconds because I get distracted by people watching or talking to a friend. However, I love college football season for the game day hype and the socializing. If you are a college football fan, the next few months are going to be filled with tailgates, potlucks, and social gatherings around a TV. Potlucks are my #1 weakness when it comes to eating healthy. There are so many good eats available that I don’t usually have around the house and it’s far too easy to mindlessly snack throughout the event. If you relate, let me offer the 2 tips I recently shared in a 5-minute video on Periscope that are key to helping me practice self control at potlucks.
1. No grazing
In a nutshell: grab a plate and fill it up with stuff you know is best for you. Take a small sample of the tempting stuff. Sometimes one bite would be enough but I don’t think twice about taking a huge scoop of something I don’t need. If you want more you can always go back for more but bring your plate with you and don’t eat until you get what you need and move away from the food table to enjoy it. I’m known for eating while I fill up my plate to make room for more food. I’m a work in progress too, folks.
2. Get an accountability partner
My husband, Dave, is usually my accountability partner at potlucks. Before we head to our social event I share a goal I have in mind. Just being real here- sometimes my goal is to only have 1 dessert. That’s a big win in my book considering there are usually 5+ desserts and I want so badly to take one of each. Most of the time my goal is to not graze and to simply fill up one plate with mostly healthy choices. It’s perfectly okay to have the same goal each time but the act of verbalizing this goal is what makes it most effective. I’m not a very good accountability partner to myself so saying something as simple as “please help me stay on track and not graze” can do wonders for my self control.
What self-control tips do you implement at potlucks?
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