We've just been on our hols in UK for two weeks and as we were staying with friends we were rather dependent on them regarding the food situation. As part of my weight loss journey I have learnt to avoid sugar and processed foods and I am even starting to accept that fat is not really a problem. I found it really difficult to then be presented with packaged quiches, margarine, low fat yoghurts (full of sugar), toasted white bread and breakfast cereals. So what do you do? We managed to take a bit of control during the first week and had some great conversations about weight with our overweight friends. I think the seeds have been sown, as they saw how much weight I have lost and realised how much fitter we are. But in the second week with even more overweight friends we just seemed to eat crap and sat in the pub far too often. I don't want to humiliate them, these are people we've known and loved for 30 years who we don't see very often, whose company we really enjoy. They were delighted to welcome us into their home for a week, they showed us the area they live in with great pride - justifiably, it was really beautiful. They were hospitable, generous, loving friends and thought they were doing us favours when they were plying us with all the "good" things in life, the sweets of my childhood, the cakes and scones of the area, the afternoons in the pub etc.. So what do you do? How do you show them that your lifestyle is almost diametrically opposed to theirs without showing them up? I ended up skipping breakfasts as there was no healthy option, and I had a couple of days with a few stomach problems which gave me the chance to stay off the alcohol and generally reduce my consumption. But I got narky at the lack of exercise (but was still too lazy to get out of bed early and go running), felt bloated with all the "wrong" foods I was eating, felt I was a constant reproach when I said I'd skip the pub but would take another walk round town. My husband managed a few conversations about weight where he tried to point them in the "right" direction, but it's so arrogant, waltzing in and telling people what they're doing "wrong" and that's not what we are and not what we want to be! On the other hand why should I feed myself what I consider to be crap?
What do you do in these situations?
My damage minimization programme seems to have worked though - I only put on 1kg and am craving salads/vegetables like crazy!