Posted 1/15/2011 9:50 AM (GMT -6)
Well, you're young jt and when you're in your age bracket, it's natural to worry about these things. Me? Well, I'm an old fart, lol, 55 and by now I've invented so many tactics and fibs to get thru party invites.
When invited to a party, I do not eat anything 4 hours prior to the start time. And the meals I consume before the event are plain, low residue and possibly 1 yogurt cup. Yogurt coats your GI tract and protects it from a later onslaught of offensive foods/drinks.
While at the party, if a cocktail one, I don't eat. Only sip one beverage. And make it appear as though I am drinking beverages but in reality, I am not. Who knows if that one glass of wine or bottle of beer is my first or third? No one does. If anyone asks if I'm eating, I declare out right fibs but who knows the truth? Only me! I might say - oh not hungry right now (but in reality I am hungry), or I just had a large lunch or dinner and just stuffed. Or - I'll grab a bite later in the party (again, not the truth). People nibble at cocktail parties, often times putting down their half eaten plates and move on to chatting with friends. Sometimes you'll see people put a new food on their plate, try it but not like it and leave it. Again, who is watching all of this? Hardly anyone, possibly the host/hostess but honestly she/he is so buying restocking drinks, ice, and throwing away dirty plates, napkins, that they won't even notice if you're eating, drinking, trying this or that new appetizer. Trust me, they won't notice.
Now if it's a true sit down dinner, then well that's tricky.
I do fill my plate, but with VERY small spoonfuls. And nibble. Actually putting one teaspoon amount in my mouth and chewing very, very slowly. I try to consume a miniscule amount of food and hope no one notices how little I did eat. I might leave the table and invent a reason to use the bathroom (this is one time it's the truth, usually!). I might drop my plate off in the kitchen, not to return to the dinner table.
If anyone presses me why I am not eating a full meal while they all are, I say - I have to eat lightly now (for me I have an excuse people usually accept, I say I had part of my colon removed due to cancer and they usually do not ask anymore questions, thank God!).
I much more prefer cocktail parties. Everyone is so busy chatting, no one ever notices that I do not eat anything at them!
Hope everything goes well. Remember, it's okay for us to fib. I am usually one to promote the truth but in a social setting most people do not want to hear the truth - hey I poop all day if I eat. lol No I never say that. I just simply say - I'm not hungry right now. Sigh.....
It does suck though because it would be great to try all those appetizers/food wouldn't it? But I know what would happen if I did and so I just - don't. Ever.