Dieting isn't just carrots (although carrots and hummus are a pretty tasty combo). Sunflower seeds are a good option.
If I were going to a family reunion, I would be sure to bring a healthy dish that I loved so I would definitely have something to eat. Maybe a healthy whole wheat pasta salad, or veggie burgers for the grill or maybe a piece of salmon for the grill, maybe sliced whole wheat pita and hummus dip or how about a light spinach salad with grilled chicken and sliced strawberries? I would also make sure there was a sweet option I liked - a fruit tray or fresh watermelon. Or angelfood cake with light whipped cream (yeah yeah, transfat, I couldn't ever give up cool whip!) and berries.
There is plenty of "good" stuff that is healthy. Dieting shouldn't be about deprivation.
I would make a rule that I would be allowed one trip to get food and fill my plate 1/2 with healthy food choices (food I brought, and any other healthy food options available). Then, I would allow small 2-3 bite sizes of foods I loved. A dab of potato salad, a small scoop of ambrosia salad, a little cheese. I would still avoid my big "no's"- fried foods, packaged baked goods and soda. Make sure you put all the food you eat on a plate, don't keep reaching for a bag of stuff. It's hard to keep track of how much you're eating that way.
For me, I would plan and BRING food. Healthy eating does not happen by accident.
SIX YEARS at maintenance weight!
My very long weight loss story
"I saw an angel in the marble and I chiseled until I set it free."