There’s nothing like sharing food with people you enjoy spending time with. It’s deeply satisfying and nourishes us way beyond physical hunger. Eating with other people also satisfies our needs for community, belonging, safety, and love.
It’s also all too easy to get caught up in the energy of being with friends and overeat. I’ve come home from plenty of dinner parties or friends’ houses uncomfortably full and berating myself for having mindlessly eaten too much.
Here are eight powerful ways to stay connected to your body’s cues and avoid overeating when you’re out with friends: