We’re coming out of lock down slowly here in the UK, and I’ve noticed a lot of conversations recently about social eating.  For people who have been on a weight loss journey, there’s a lot of worry that they will “fall of the wagon” and over eat, then start up the bad habits of over eating again. 

Social situations are rich in cues and triggers to over eat. Consider all the smells and visuals of food around you, the subconscious habits that may have you reaching for the wine on the table without even thinking or the places that you may find yourself ordering a piece of cake without even thinking about it. And that’s not even mentioning ‘food pushers’ (those lovely people who offer us food or drink, or the people who we often find we break our promises to ourself and eat off plan).

In today’s episode we discuss:

  • the problem with being focussed on how you’ve behaved around these foods before (past focussed)
  • the triggers that you may find come up for you when you’re eating out of the house
  • how to plan for success before you go so you can stay on track and practice being a new way around these foods and people
  • the benefit of taking on a student or learners mindset to practice these new skills

And, here’s the checklist for planning your outing that I mentioned on the podcast:

  1. Do your research: what’s on the menu? Check online or call ahead
  2. Decide: is this your joy eat? Will you eat according to your plan?
  3. Decide what you will eat: starters, mains, desserts, drinks? How much of each?
  4. Brainstorm the obstacles that could come up that will get in the way of you following through on your plan.
  5. Decide on the strategy for each of those obstacles
  6. Practice conversations you may need to have with any food or drink pushers in your life
  7. Remember on the day: you’re practising these new skills! Take on a student mindset and practice at each social event until you recondition all your habits and you get it right 

What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below 🙂