When trying to stay on a diet times when you have a special occasion such as a Religious Holiday, a Birthday or any other time that friends and/ families celebrate can be very difficult.
If you are on a special diet due to a medical condition make sure that the Host knows what foods you can't eat. For instance, if you are allergic to mushrooms, letting your host know this will make it easier to avoid an embarrassing situation if the gravy and dressing have mushrooms in them.
Are you on a gluten-free diet? Offer to provide a dessert that everyone can enjoy.
If you are trying to eat healthily or lose weight you could cut back on the amount of food you eat for your other two meals that day so you can allow yourself to enjoy the meal with your family and friends.
For the next meal go right back on to your diet. Be sure to follow it very strictly for the next few days. This will help you regain your momentum. Dieting does not mean you have to totally deprive yourself of all the pleasures of eating.
If your eating with the family and friends includes going out to a restaurant, find out which one you are going to in advance. Then check to see if the can accommodate your requirements – such as gluten-free, vegan or food allergies.
Give the server with a card with your name and any special food requirements on it to hand to the chef with your order can be very helpful.