And it doesn't help me to bring what I want to eat because it's way more fun to eat what other people bring, and to try everything.
This is my downfall: pot lucks & parties.
Some of it has to do with control. I can't control what's going to be there so I can't think ahead of what I'll have and avoid. I get there and want to try nearly everything & when I'm having fun I like to eat (and drink).
The only parties I can abstain is ones with lots of chips/salty foods (I prefer sweet) and poor-quality, store bought sweets/processed foods. But when people make home-made dishes I indulge.
Also, I have carb/sugar addiction so after a certain point that cycle kicks in and I just jump on that treadmill and keep going.
Anyone have a good grip on parties with lots of food where you can't control what's being served? It doesn't help me to focus on the people, I just end up back at the food.