Get a (Nonfood) Life and Overcome Weight-Loss Challenges
Socializing without food, then, requires some thinking outside the box. Instead of reserving a table at a restaurant, try scheduling your next get-together with your friends at a place you can walk around, like a museum or an outdoor event like a fair. Consider activities that allow you to chat while you move, like a bike ride, a lake or beachside stroll, or a shopping excursion in a very spread-out mall. And if the gang insists on ordering something to eat, sip a coffee drink instead (nonfat cappuccino is a great way to add a daily milk serving, and it feels like a splurge).
With family get-togethers, try adding some nonfood-oriented elements to the mix. Try a post-meal family walk (rather than family flop-out-in-front-of-the-TV), play charades or start a family story-sharing or scrapbooking session. Yes, it might be awkward at first, but family traditions have to start somehow. And eventually someone—perhaps even your eye-rolling teenage nephew—will thank you for it.