If you’re social life is anything like mine, getting together with family and friends usually resolves around food. Whether you’ve just started eating Sugar & Flour Free, or implemented any change to feel better from the inside-out, you know these situations can be tempting and tricky to navigate.
Food is an easy choice for socializing; everyone like food, needs to eat, and it doesn’t take up too much time in your day. Plus, it’s relatively easy to think of a restaurant to go to rather than brainstorm an alternate activity.
But listen up! It is possible to plan social outings without food. Will it take a little more brain power? YES. May it take some convincing of unwilling participants? YES. May it take a bit of creativity? YES.
Trust me, once you hear the plethora of benefits, you’ll be ready! Imagine no food temptations, no feeling of deprivation, more fun, deeper bonds with friends/family, increased self-esteem, the practice of communication, reduction in boredom, stimulation of creativity, and a potential new hobby. Check out some options below! Let me know if you choose to swap out any of these for your next lunch date:
- Spa Day: my friends & I love getting manicures, pedicures, or chair back massages!
- Plan a day trip
- Walking tour around a new area of town: a few weekends ago, my friends and I checked out Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We took fun pictures of all of the murals and went to Brooklyn Bowl.
- See a Movie
- Amusement Park
- Ice Skating
- Sports Game: baseball, football, hockey, basketball – even little league!
- Rock Climbing
- Arcade Games: play skee-ball, pinball, air hockey
- Listen to Poem Readings
- Walking a Dog
- Mini Golf
- Go on a Hike
- Comedy Show
- Go Window Shopping (or actual shopping hehe)
- Go to a Museum
- Look for a fun GroupOn activity
- Check out your town’s website for any Free Events: I use Timeout