"I've been following a low-carb diet since August 3rd. I've shed a lot of pounds and am very happy with the results: less hunger, less joint pain, a lot less pounds, improvement in skin condition and more energy. I have a quick question, though. Every week I meet for lunch at a house of one of my colleagues. The food is usually pasta: no salad, no protein. I've been, either skipping lunch or taking something for myself. However, in a work context, this attitude is starting to make the host uncomfortable. I was wondering, thus, what would the consequences be if once a week I ate a couple of servings of pasta with the usual condiments and then got back on the diet wagon. I guess that the next day my cravings would be greater, but other than that, what are the consequences?"
My answer: First of all, only you can tell how derailed you get by a weekly pasta meal. You could experiment and see what happens. Some people find that a weekly meal off-plan is fine, and others find it to be not at all worth it. They may get unpleasant symptoms or carb cravings that are difficult to manage.
As far as what to say to avoid eating pasta, I usually fall back on health issues. Most effective is "I can't eat that; it raises my blood sugar". (I have also used gluten, since I'm gluten intolerant, but that sometimes backfires, when the next time the host is thrilled to give me rice pasta.) Or just talk about the great results you've had by avoiding starch and sugar and eating more vegetables.
I'm curious what my readers do in situations such as this. Please leave your ideas for Patricia in the comments section!
P.S. Do you have a question? I highly recommend asking in our great Low Carb Discussion Forum. I get a lot of email, and I often am not able to answer individual questions.
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