Surviving the Family BBQ When You’re On A Diet
If your family is like my family, then you probably get a lot “aren’t you eating” remarks during family gatherings. My family loves food, all of our get together’s involve my grandmother’s macaroni and cheese and some form of chicken, it doesn’t matter if we are stopping by just to drop off mail or over for Easter dinner, there will be food present. And it will be a lot. Surviving the family bbq when you’re on a diet is no easy feat with my family. The temptation is there in all forms: macaroni, potato salad, ribs, fried chicken and red velvet cake. I mean, they know I just lost 80lbs, but that really doesn’t matter.
EAT!! HAVE SOME CAKE!!! Here I am, trying to behave, but I have this spread of awesomeness placed before me and I have absolutely no clue what to do.
Without fail, I always say no, but then someone brings out that macaroni and cheese that was hidden in the back. You know the one my mom brought but someone was trying to be funny and put out the nasty stuff first.
As that glorious, cheesy concoction makes its way past me the only thing I stare, hopelessly into its abyss, knowing I’m going to have to pull in overtime at the gym because it’s about to go down.
Yes you will catch me hopping out of my seat and running to that picnic table to get my mother’s macaroni and cheese. Now if she had of just left it at home like we asked her to, I wouldn’t be at this table making a damn fool of myself right now pigging out.
Now all of the attention is on me and many people feel justified in their snide remarks of “told you she doesn’t eat” or “thank God you’re finally putting some meat on those bones.” I don’t care, you obviously have not had my families mac and cheese recipe. Our macaroni is handcrafted with only the finest of ingredients…..yea it’s that serious. Surviving the family bbq when you’re on a diet was a failure last year. This year I’m determined to succeed. You will not catch me slipping!
How do we eat’healthy’ at the family bbq? It’s not that easy and really depends on the person who’s cookout you will be attending. If they allow you to bring your own meat because you’re a vegetarian, you’ve already solved your biggest hurdle. While you can’t replace every single food there with a healthy item, you can control some of the smaller aspects.