I attend numerous social events, partly out of obligation but also because I enjoy hanging out with like-minded folks and having fun. Most of these events revolve around food.
For many people, festive get-togethers become a place diets go off the rails, where a week of herculean effort becomes a mindless woohoo weekend that typically begins with something like a basket of chips and salsa tossed back with a few margaritas.
Most social events I attend involve health-forward folks, but occasionally even I confront less-than-stellar eating decisions. Trust me: I'm all too aware of how a momentary indulgence can become a massive dietary debacle.
The key becomes planning intelligently. A little self-control coupled with these seven strategies helps me navigate any social function with grace, dignity, and no lingering morning-after regret.