ENTRÉE Bacon Wrapped Chicken Cordon Bleu Apple Smoked Angus Beef
STARCHES Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
VEGETABLES AND SALADS Honey and Basil Glazed Carrots Ozark Garden Salad w/ Assorted Dressings
Breads Yeast Rolls and Butter
Desserts New York Cheesecake
It's a work event and I'm required to attend and pay $26 for crappy catering even if I don't eat a thing. I don't trust the entrees since it's likely they were cooked in non-paleo approved oils or with crap ingredients. I'm avoiding potatoes while I try to lean out. I'm sure the carrots will have a ton of some sort of sugar in addition to the honey. The "garden salad" will be iceberg with maybe a couple tomatoes and shredded carrots. And breads/desserts - 'nuff said.
So... I'd like to not be a weirdo and bring my own food. But I don't want to be "that guy (girl)" and just not eat while everyone else is. What would you do in this situation?
I would eat the ENTREE....skip the starches......eat the vegetables and salad.....skip the bread.....and F it, I'm eating the cheesecake :).
Eating out I just assume its cooked in crap oil, but that is why I just don't eat out often. When I do eat out I allow myself these concessions.
I am all for avoiding seed/vegetable oils as much as possible, but in this situation, I would just deal with it. No bread, but I'd eat the crappy iceberg and the beef, and maybe see if you can get both entrees instead of the potatoes and carrots? Personally, I'd eat plain potatoes and try not to eat more than a few carrots, but if you're leaning out, just avoid those.
Check your paleo ego at the door and just eat. Paleo isn't about rigid rules, it's about guidelines to maximize health given whatever you've got.
Skip the rolls and the cheesecake, everything else seems rather innocuous.
Honestly I would eat it and enjoy it. But from what it sounds like in the comments the food is not that great? Unless you are going to react badly with something like gluten then I think just having one meal like this is probably not going to be a problem, and it shouldn't be. I think we fear food too much.
If it is to do with dieting then easy, count your calories and thus have lower calories options throughout the day. But honestly I do not think having one higher carb meal is going to make that much of a difference in the grand scheme of things.
What is more important, having one meal or like you said feeling awkward at the table? You can always order the plates and just not eat everything. This is possibly the best of both worlds.
Also it is cool for starting table conversation:
"Why are you making a potato-castle?"
"Because I like to keep my triglycerides low."
"Oh? (raises eybrows)"
"Yes, that's how I roll."
"Nope not that kind of roll."
Options are -
I do No. 2 at similar events
My advice: Explain to the organizer that you appreciate the effort, and you are really looking forward to the event. However, you have some food allergies (gluten, lactose, peanut, take your pick!), as a result of which you have to make a decision: attend and eat something different, or stay home. Tell the organizer you would off course love to attend, but that you are in for a world of grief if you eat something wrong.
With that you do several things at the same time: - appreciate the effort they have put in organizing this. - demonstrate your willingness to participate - define your constrictions - involve them in the decision making process
The beauty of it is: the organizer will either allow you to make changes for your benefit, allowing you to be there, or will say 'no can do'. Off course that means you are off the hook, with the blessing of the organizer..
I guess I would first ask how much of your work reputation is riding on this?
If it is a lot, just have them serve the food to you, and nibble at what looks the least unappealing. If it is a networking deal, you will be in a better position if you aren't having to focus too much on the eating anyway.
If it is just one of those mandatory things, and no one really cares, eat a big ol' meal before you go, of food you actually like....then, while you are there just have cocktails (or sparkling water and lime if that is your gig) and enjoy yourself. Bonus points for pretending you are in Fellini film, wearing a big ol' pair of Jackie O. glasses, and cultivating your mystique amongst your office mates by telling tall tales while everyone else is stuffing their faces.
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