How to Cope with Social Event and Your Diet

Most of us have to learn how to deal with different types of social events in our lives; learning how to cope with social events and your diet is no exception.

How we deal with social events is something that is not talked about very much, but it makes a big difference in how we approach choosing the foods to eat and how that works for us is the overall health plan that we are following.

In my current training, placing more emphasis on the quality of life and the health of our relationships than on the food we put in our mouths is something that is going to take some time to process.

While taking my kids on a trip to a water park, healthy eating was not possible with the options that were available from the facilities. That leaves you in an awkward position with the choice on what to do about food.

The clear priority was to allow my children to enjoy the trip because that was the main objective was to give them some good memories for their summer vacation.

Kids Fun

They are very picky eaters anyway, and they are okay with fast food items like pizza, hot dogs, and hamburgers. Since I have not been eating that way for the last nine months, it put me in a position to choose between the lesser of two evils of the fast food.

The point of this is to remind me and others that we are not always going to find the perfect solution to our dietary needs every day and we need to be flexible when life throws us curve balls.

Can Eating Healthy Cause Weight Loss?

We like to think that eating healthy will cause us to lose weight if we are overweight. The facts are more complicated than a simple statement like that; it takes more than just diet to lose weight and keep it off for the long term.

Of course, it is going to make you healthier when you eat better food choices for yourself. Precisely what those choices are will vary from person to person, typically people know what is right for them or not and needs to be honest with themselves on their preferences.

Most people would agree that eating the wrong foods will cause rapid weight gain and have a much more harmful effect; than the same measure of good food will produce a good result. I think that it is just easier to eat the bad stuff because it is so much cheaper and more available than the healthy options.

Healthy Eating

It would be excellent if the same results would happen in the same ratio from good versus bad choices; meaning that we would see the same amount of weight loss when cutting some calories and we do from adding extra calories.

It just does not work that way for many people; accepting this is something that gets easier once you realize that you are different from everyone else and have not found the right combination to achieve your health goals or your ideal weight.

How to Eat for Weight Loss.

Eating for weight loss is something that must become part of who you are. Just merely knowing that you are supposed to eat certain things is not going to make you eat those things.

It is going to take something else to get you to follow the eating plan that will work for you. One of the best things to do is to focus on how you feel after eating foods.

When a particular food makes you feel better, make a mental note of that, and try to add more of this food to your diet. That way, you begin to focus on the foods that make you feel better and not the foods that you think you cannot have.

That does not mean eating the sugary foods that are addictive and give you a sugar rush. But instead, focus on finding foods that your body can use to heal itself or has essential vitamins and minerals that are needed to function correctly.

Good Food Choice

Focus on the types of foods that are making you feel better and allowing you to function better. Pay attention to what your body is telling you about what you are eating. Just because something tastes good does not mean that it is right for you!

It may be silly to mention that, but sometimes we can get particular thoughts stuck in our minds and not realize it until years later. Sometimes it is the little things that add up to the big problems in life, but it can also add up to big rewards if the little things are working for your good.

Diets Do Not Work – What’s Next?

“Diets Do Not Work” is a saying that I have heard for a long time and it rings true for me; so why is there always so many new Diets coming on the market?

Company’s advertisements trying to get people to buy their products is the main reason that there are so many diet programs out there on the market.

Think about the old ones that have been around for years; whether they are any good does not matter; it only matters if they continue to make sales.

That is why people have to get smarter and realize that the advertisements are always going to be there having the influence, we as consumers have to develop a self talk to combat the messages that they are bombarding the consumers with while they go about their everyday lives.

Trust Yourself

How to develop healthy self-talk is going to take some effort; educating yourself to read the labels of the products and then experimenting with different products to see how they affect you.

Old habits are hard to break, and the best way to break them is to replace it with a new one that is healthy for you. Once you fight the temptation that comes from stopping something you like, you will feel better afterward.

Balancing Life’s Challenges

It is all about balancing the challenges that life presents to us every day. Make small steps in the direction that you want to go. Eventually, you will look back and realize how far you have come.

In every situation in life, we learn something and have the opportunity to benefit from it later and to share what we learn with others.

Finding the right groups of people to share ideas with is an excellent way to learn things and give you ideas to try new things, especially when there is not any advertising taking place in the process.


Focus on the things that you can affect and not the things that you can do nothing about, learning from the surrounding people is something that we can take for granted if we are not careful.

Even though we are all different, there are ideas that we can get from the surrounding people. It will not always work out for the better, but at least you will have a chance to see if I something will work for you.


Dealing with the different social events and the effects that these social events have on our diets is something that we all have to do in life.

Finding the right solution for ourselves is something that is going to take some trial and error. So be open to the ideas from different groups and other people.

Lifestyle changes are the way to focus your efforts when it comes to diets because traditional diets do not work over the long term. Resist the advertisements from the companies to influence your decisions over buying their products.

Increase your knowledge and improve your self-talk about what is a healthy option for you!

I hope you have a great day! Please leave your thoughts, comments, or questions in the comment section below.

12 comments on “How to Cope with Social Event and Your Diet

  • Robert says:

    Great information you have shared here and I agree that diets do not work and breaking old habits will be hard. However, a lifestyle change will work for not just losing weight but also reversing certain kinds of diseases. There is an old saying, “You are what you eat.”

    I know for a fact that a lifestyle change with a healthier diet can get rid of Type 2 Diabetes without using any drugs. Dr. Julian Whitaker, MD, did this with about 15,000 patients who went to his clinic in California before he retired in 2018. My sister was one of his patients.

    I know how a healthy diet and lifestyle change can completely heal people with cancer. I used this approach back in 2000/2001 at the direction of my then Naturopathic Doctor. My cancer was gone within eight months, and it has not come back.

    Sometime around 2010, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) published a report that said 90-95% of cancers could be traced back to poor diet and lifestyle habits. Fortunately, a lot of foods in a healthy diet taste excellent.

    But for those times when traveling with kids and I certainly do not want to eat or drink junk and fast foods, I usually bring a bag or two of some nuts or a Kind bar along with some bottled water; These will curb hunger and be a healthier alternative.

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for sharing your story with us; it is inspiring to read for myself and useful to hear of people healed from chronic diseases that are caused by dietary choices. I have done the same with type 2 diabetes in the past nine months, although I am still on medication am looking forward to getting off of it!

      Glad that you mentioned the study on the correlation between diet and cancer, there is so much information that tells us this, but I think most people are bombarded with advertisements and get confused about what is good, and what is not healthy. 

      A good pointer on the traveling with some food, this was my first trip since making the dietary changes, and I was misinformed about the available food services, it will not happen again! 

  • Shannon says:

    Thank you for discussing food and social events. This situation often gets overlooked. I can completely relate to your example of the trip to the water park with the kids and no healthy food options in sight. 

    It indeed takes more than knowing certain foods are right for you to make you incorporate them into your diet. I have a decent amount of nutritional education under my belt and still do not always eat the way I know I should. 

    I love your suggestion of paying attention to how your body feels after eating certain foods; this is something I do not pay attention to enough, and I appreciate you reminding me. How do you remember and keep track? Do you keep some food journal to document your findings on how food affects your body? Thanks again for the great suggestions!

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for your comments and questions. It is common for people to not think about how each food affects them; it took making a drastic change for me to take note of what certain foods were doing to me. 

      I have not done a formal food diary in a while but have done it in the past. What works best for me is to plan my meals by the week as much as possible, then I know which combinations work the best for me. 

      The food journal may be a task that I will do in the class that I am taking this year, sounds like a good weigh to track the progress. With life being so busy sometimes we need to write things down so that we can review them later.

  • Elaine Nicol says:

    Your article hit home for me. It makes sense to use self-talk to get me through temptations, I’ve got to trust my intuition and not give in to just doing something that makes me feel good in the short term.

    At social events like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, birthday parties, potluck dinners; I’ve been pretty pathetic at controlling myself. I’m going to bookmark your page and read it a few more times; hopefully, some of what you said will sink in.

    Thanks for sharing ~ Elaine

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for sharing your comments and know how you feel all of those situations can make people feel obligated to eat the food offered to them. Also, many times, the host can become offended if you refused to eat their food; that is something that you can think about beforehand and have a conversation with the individual if that is appropriate. 

      The best thing for me to do is to take a deep breath and remind myself that they are not out to hurt you and if you have to give a brief explanation with a smile of why you are not eating that type of food, usually they will understand.   

  • Stacii says:

    You are so right. I have tried so many times to ensure that I am eating healthy, and I did not lose a pound. At one point, I even gained weight; this was very frustrating as I thought this was supposed to help me. But thank you so much for those tips on how to eat for weight loss as I need them. My diet has been so frustrating as I was ready to give up.

    I had never focused on foods that make me feel better. So you did open my mind to think. So this is something I can try. I was actually at the point where I was thinking to try the Keto diet as I have heard so much, but I did not want to eliminate meat from my entire diet. But now, before I do that, I can see based on your advice what I can do first.

    • Chad Trader says:

      Glad that you enjoyed the article and hope that it helps you to achieve your goal. Never give up all that does is make you feel bad about yourself; instead, look for the things that are working and focus on the things that are working versus the something that is not working. 

      Everybody is different and what works for you today may not work for you later, so it is essential to keep that in mind when trying new things and when old things stop being productive, remain openminded to trying something different.

  • Henry says:

    Hi! Thank you for addressing this critical issue. I appreciate you haven’t tried to force us into a specific program but on the contrary, have given useful advice. Most diets don’t work in the long run. And on the other hand, we’re all different (there is no such thing as one diet suits all). But paying attention to what works for us and following it is the best way to go! 

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thank you for your comment and glad that you like the approach of discussing the issue without trying to sell you on some product or diet plan. It has been very frustrating trying to wade through all the misinformation that is out there on the subject.  

  • Jackie says:

    I resonated with so much you wrote here and love that you are all about lifestyle changes as opposed to the latest fad diet. The only thing that’s EVER worked for me regarding weight loss is to eat as clean as possible (no processed foods) and work to improve my consciousness. I aim to do a cleanse twice per year. It often happens that some social event is on the calendar during these times. I try to do the best I can and not call attention to myself. Thanks for these greats tips. 

    • Chad Trader says:

      Thanks for sharing your experiences in this area, the more learning that I do in this area tends to make me agree with the statement of avoiding processed foods as much as possible. It is hard to get used to doing while traveling, that adds another level of complexity to an already difficult task, but it is doable with the right attitude.  

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