Diet Etiquette — Part 2 — I’m Hearing Voices, and I Think It’s My Food!

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I recently started to blog about what I call “Diet Etiquette”, a subject very rarely ever discussed.  I got derailed with my work load and just now got back to blogging so here’s my second part to this interesting subject.  And yeah, this could easily be subtitled, “How To Do Low-Carb Without Becoming a Social Outcast.”  Because that’s what ‘diet etiquette’ is all about.

No matter what the occsion for getting people together, you can bet food is nearly always going to be a big part of the event.  However, when you think about it, it’s not really about celebrating the food…it’s about celebrating friends and family.  So don’t make such a big deal out of the food in the future, because when you do the people you’re around will make a big deal out of you!  Whining and complaining about the food, for any reason, will not only draw attention to you, it will automatically get you labeled a party-pooper, a kill-joy, a fanatic or even worse.  Focus on having fun with your friends and family and I guarantee you’ll have tons more fun than if you focus on the food alone.

Remember, having our focus on food is what caused us to gain our excess pounds to begin with.  Just think about all the times you were hard pressed to attentively listen to someone’s conversation with you simply because you could not break your focus and fascination with the food long enough to really and truly hear what they were saying to you.  Food cannot be the centerpiece of any serious, lasting relationship, be it friends, family or even co-workers.

It’s amazing what we can discover about others, as well as the heights a relationship can reach when we learn to look straight into the eyes of the person we are talking to instead of listening to the food that is talking to us.  And you thought low-carb was only a weight loss diet?  Hardly!  Low-carb done right will also improve your relationships and social life.

Diet Etiquette — Part 1 — Introduction

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie

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Diet Etiquette — Part 1 — Introduction

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Diet Etiquette…or…How To Do Low-Carb Without Becoming a Social Outcast

etiquettenoun.  The rules governing socially acceptable behavior.

What, pray tell, is Diet Etiquette? I like to say it is “the rules governing socially acceptable behavior, in spite of the fact that you are dieting.”  It is a subject that doesn’t get very much ink or airtime, so I decided I needed to give it a shot here at Life Without Donuts.

Ever been to a dinner or luncheon where someone who is dieting has the woe-is-me attitude because there is not a single thing there that they can eat, therefore they feel compelled to infect everyone around  them with their own brand of doom, gloom, despair and agony?  Or, they are constantly going over their list of taboo foods, like anyone else at the table really gives a rip about their self-inflicted state of misery.

And then there is the know-it-all-diet-expert, who attempts to impose their ‘Perfect Diet’ upon everyone else, just because they read Dr. Somebody’s Magic Diet book and suddenly begin to speak as as expert on the subject of health and nutrition.  Little do they realize that an expert is in all reality nothing more than a former spurt!  They could have spoken with much greater authority and appeal had they only stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Oh, and a favorite of everyone are the Naysayers, Pushers and Enablers.  You know who they are, and if you can’t think of one…you just might be one!  These are the folks who insist that you have ‘just one bite’ or ‘a little bit of anything won’t hurt you’.  These are usually family members who have never been on a successful diet in their life, so they feel obligated to ruin everyone else’s chance of losing a few pounds.

If you’ve never had the tortuous pleasure of enjoying an extended evening of joy and mirth with one of these Diet-Dictocrats…then you, my friend, are without a doubt an alien from another planet!

I absolutely love the low-carb lifestyle.  As far as I’m concerned it is the easiest, healthiest, most effective nutritional lifestyle and approach to permanent weight loss and maintenance on the planet today.  Low-carb just works for me!  But let’s face it…it may not work for EVERYONE!  And even if it did work for everyone…EVERYONE doesn’t necessarily want to hear about it!  That’s where ‘Diet Etiquette’ comes into play.  We must use diet etiquette in social settings if we want to keep our present friends and ever hope to make new friends.  This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but over the next few posts I’ll be sharing with you some of my very own home-spun tips that should keep us all civil and hospitable at any event…and possibly even get us invited back again.

Diet Etiquette — Part 2 — I’m Hearing Voices, and I Think It’s My Food!

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie