Are you planning a get together with family, friends or work colleagues?  If you’ve answered ’yes’, have no fear. It doesn’t have to affect your weight-loss efforts in any way.

Consider arranging a bring-and-share get together.  If you haven’t heard of this before, this is how it works. Everybody who attends simply brings prepared dishes and shares it with others.

There could be several advantages of participating in a bring-and-share get together. Firstly, you could opt to take along one or two of your favourite foods, snacks or desserts, not forgetting beverages. Secondly you will have a little variety of foods to choose from depending on how many people are joining the party. Thirdly, it can save you time and money.

Best of all is that you will still be able to socialise over food that is healthy and nutritious and supports your weight-loss diet. You can ensure this by preparing meals or dishes that are in line with your weight-loss eating plan. For example, if you are aiming to increase your intake of protein and vegetables, you could perhaps prepare grilled chicken breasts and a roasted butternut salad.

Consider planning a bring-and-share get together with other friends who are also trying to lose weight. This may give you more food options from which to choose and enjoy. You may even decide to swop recipes when mealtime is over!

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Consult a professional

Always consult a dietitian if you require assistance in putting a meal plan together. In addition, you should always check with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet, especially if you are under medication or suffer from any medical condition that has an effect on your diet.

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