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Enjoy tempting food situations while staying on track with your journey

Just because you're on a weight loss journey and are more conscious of what's on your plate doesn't mean you'll always find yourself in situations where healthy food is a top priority. Remember that it is okay to have a treat now and then, but if you find your social calendar filling up with events, it is best to be mindful so that you don’t get off track too much.

With these tips, you can keep your journey on track and still enjoy special events and social gatherings.

Office birthday party

It's OK to say 'no' when someone offers you a piece of cake. If you feel uncomfortable, try declining food with a compliment, like, 'No thank you, but the food looks delicious.'

Remember, you don't need to feel guilty for doing what's best for you.

BBQ

When you are filling your plate, remember the 2-1-2-1 philosophy and fill your plate with GOLO-friendly options like veggies, fruits, and lean proteins!

If you're worried that there won't be any healthy choices, you can always offer to bring a healthy dish to ensure you'll have something you enjoy.

If you're eating something on a bun, make sure it's whole wheat, or skip the bun altogether and go with fruit for your dessert. 

Special occasions

When celebrating a special occasion like a wedding, be mindful of portions, round out your plate with veggies, and try to limit your alcohol intake. You'll be thankful you did the next morning.

Also, it's perfectly fine to enjoy a piece of wedding cake. The same goes for toasting the happy couple with a glass of champagne. It's important for you to enjoy special celebrations. Just don't let one event turn into a week of bad choices and you will be just fine!

Happy hour

Happy hour apps aren't known for being healthy. But there will likely be healthier options available.

Try to avoid fried foods and chips and stick to options like hummus dip or even order a salad. It's a great idea to check out the menu before you go so you know which GOLO-friendly options will be available. 

A day at the beach or pool

Chips, ice cream, and sugary drinks are commonplace when spending a day at the beach or relaxing poolside. And the best way to avoid the unhealthy options is to plan ahead.

Make sure you fill your cooler with cut-up fruits (frozen grapes are a great option) and veggies, boiled eggs or cheese cubes are an easy protein and swap out sugary drinks with infused water.

Your own kitchen

If your pantry is full of 'triggering' food, make an effort to put tempting goods out of sight and organize your kitchen so healthy options are front and center!

GOLO is a lifestyle.  This means that you should be able to enjoy events and have off-plan meals occasionally but that you always keep the core principles of GOLO top of mind. If you decide to indulge, enjoy a mindful portion, don't feel guilty, and focus on creating a balanced meal the next time you eat.

If you keep this mindset, you will truly be living the “GOLO for Life” lifestyle!

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