Diet Etiquette…or…How To Do Low-Carb Without Becoming a Social Outcast
etiquette — noun. 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.
There Really is Life Without Donuts!
Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie