Whether you work in an office, work in construction, work for a large company, a small company, own your own business, work alone as a consultant, food is involved.
How so you ask? Well, think about it. Most often when there's a meeting, food is ordered in. There's celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. and generally people bring in or order trays of goodies, and pastries are generally included. Business meetings involve lunches and dinners, generally in restaurants.
During the holidays, many companies treat their employees to luncheons, dinner parties or order food in. Business owners throw parties for their employees and customers. I've been to holiday business parties that were like weddings, some more elaborate than some weddings I've been to.
Face it, your job is fattening. People eat socially. Many feel it's rude not to indulge when offered. Many feel they aren't part of the team if they don't partake. Some just eat because it's there and available. Some are drawn by the smell or the ooohs and aaahs of how delicious it is from coworkers.
Graciously sticking to your guns can be challenging for some. Some are battling with themselves to begin with and when you have someone pushing you, it's easy to rationalize that a little bit won't hurt. However, as I stated in my post about how little things add up, all those "small" tastes, do add up and they add up fast.
Of course, if it is your choice to indulge once in a while, that's fine too. No need to feel guilty. You deserve it and as long as you don't go hog wild, why not. As a very wise doctor once said, a small piece of cake on a holiday will never hurt anyone. Small amounts aren't going to cause harm, unless there's an underlying reason. Obviously someone like myself, with food allergies, can't have any, but a healthy person, with no food allergies, can decide to go for it on occasion and all will be fine.
Don't be afraid to ask for special preparation; I do it all the time. Ask them to leave off the sauces and gravies, leave out the butter, put dressings on the side so you control how much you put on.
Instead of soda, wine or alcohol, ask for ice water. Replace the ice cream with fresh fruit, just be mindful of what kind of fruit and what it is served with, ask in advance. I once ordered the fruit and it came with nuts (I'm allergic), and chocolate syrup drizzled over it. Lesson learned, ask, ask, ask.
If they can't help me, they let me know. Fridays could not guarantee they would be able to safely serve me nut and gluten free. Their grills are used for everything, flour flies around their kitchen, nuts don't come pre-packaged like in a place such as McDonalds so they are everywhere. They didn't want to take the chance, nor did I. McDonalds on the other hand could guarantee me gluten and nut free. They changed their gloves, used a grill they know that no gluten or nuts has been on or near as all the nuts in their facility come in prepackaged, and made me a special meal.
Ask and you shall receive. You are paying them for a service, they are honored to have you as a guest and if they do right by you, you will be a life-long customer.
Stay strong, do what's best for you, remember to only worry about what you think, not what others think and you will succeed. Don't be embarrassed at a business meeting if you need to ask the wait staff for special accommodations, everyone will understand.
Keep in mind, every little bit counts, and small amounts add up fast!
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