Eating well at a function can be tricky. If meals are being served, there are usually options that will fit a healthy eating pattern, but when it’s a morning or afternoon tea, often the carb overload can be very tempting.
At a recent function where afternoon tea of sandwiches, pastries, cakes and slices were served, a young lady with Coeliac Disease was saying that when she’s out she just stays away from the food. She’s so accustomed to there being nothing suitable that she doesn’t even look at the food.
Those with Coeliac Disease can’t eat any food containing gluten, so that rules out anything with flour including bread, pastries, most hot finger food, cakes, slices, sauces and a huge range of other foods. It may sound restrictive, but meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy foods, nuts and the like are all naturally gluten-free, so this leaves many options that provide excellent nutrition without the side effects of illness and weight gain.
This one comment at the function got me thinking: could everyone wanting to lose weight and improve health adopt similar strategies?
Here are a few things to consider:
As it turned out, the large function we were at had a table of gluten-free foods, so the young lady with Coeliac Disease did have a bite or two, but she would not have suffered at all had this not been the case. She’s accustomed to others eating while she doesn’t, she doesn’t feel deprived, and – I have to say – she looks amazing.
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