family gathering and food
Body,  Nutrition

3 Ways to Deal With a Family Gathering & Food | Day 9 of 90

It’s Labor Day weekend, which for me means about 40 people in one house for a family gathering. And that also means food.

Food can be such a touchy subject for people because it’s so personal, and it can be hard to explain your dietary preferences to people. I’m lucky to be in a family with a gradient of healthy eaters, so there’s more understanding and less pressure to eat something that I know will make me sick.

Family Gathering & Food

I’ve got a few strategies that I use to make it easier on myself to eat clean that I’ll share with you today!

1. Eat Before You Go

Fill up all or most of the way before you get there. This way, you won’t be tempted by your favorite cheat food and you don’t have to skip a meal. (Although, fasting is fair game, too.)

2. Bring Something You Can Eat

Typically at a family gathering, everybody is bringing something. Offer to bring a more substantial part of the meal that you could fill up on and know it doesn’t have any gluten lurking. This strategy can be used really well with the first one. Maybe you eat some protein before you go and the salad that you brought when you get there.

3. Just Say No

This is the hardest strategy to implement well. Don’t be afraid to turn down anything you don’t want to eat. You can find polite ways to say no. This might even open the door to a conversation about why you choose not to eat gluten or why you can’t eat dairy (or whatever it is you’re avoiding!). People tend to be a lot more open and considerate when they understand why you’re eating a certain way.

Check In

Okay so since I’m traveling today, I weighed in at home in the morning and forgot to pack the scale. So I’m going to miss a few data points. It happens.

I’ll make this check in quick today since I am on the go!

8/23 PM8/29 AM8/31 AM
Weight (lb)119.4117.4117.0
Body Fat %15.9%15.6%15.5%
Fat-Free Body Weight (lb)100.499.098.8
Subcutaneous Fat %14.8%14.4%14.4%
Visceral Fat333
Body Water %57.7%57.9%58.0%
Skeletal Muscle %49.0%49.2%49.2%
Muscle Mass (lb)94.493.293.0
Bone Mass (lb)
Protein %20.5%20.6%20.7%
Basal Metabolic Rate (kcal)135313401338

So I ended up being up late Friday night and we had a 4 hour drive Saturday morning to be at a lunch by noon. Sooo sleep was total crap. It happens sometimes, and you just have to roll with it. I’ll recover in the next couple of days.

Total Sleep Time4 hr 25 min
Time In Bed4 hr 32 min
REM Sleep0 hr 0 min
Deep Sleep2 hr 32 min
Bed Time1:30 AM
Wake Time6:02 AM
Latency0 min
Lowest Resting Heart Rate49 bpm

Alright, we’ll chat again tomorrow!

Much love,