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Old 05-12-2013, 09:16   #1
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Hi, I am trying very hard to stick to the LCHF eating plan, but last week I was at a business meeting at a customer's office and were provided nothing but sandwiches for lunch. They are tricky and easily offended, but important. Does anyone have advise for how to deal with these types of situation?

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Hi, I am trying very hard to stick to the LCHF eating plan, but last week I was at a business meeting at a customer's office and were provided nothing but sandwiches for lunch. They are tricky and easily offended, but important. Does anyone have advise for how to deal with these types of situation?
What would you have done had it been shrimp and you suffer from seafood allergies?

I would have eaten the meat and anything else not carby and thrown the rest away and told them thanks, I don't eat carbs if asked. That's just me - but I dont mind being bluntly honest about it and have no 'couth'. I am an unsophistahic. There' a word for you linguists out there.

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if someone had a nut allergy and they offered peanut butter would they be offended or expect that person to eat it, or lets say it was a shellfish allergy. we dont necessarily react with an anaphylactic reaction but if your BG spikes you are not doing something that is healthy for you. just eat the meat and cheese or what ever the filing is for the sandwich.

im just new at this but others here could have different or better advice

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What would you have done had it been shrimp and you suffer from seafood allergies?

I would have eaten the meat and anything else not carby and thrown the rest away and told them thanks, I don't eat carbs if asked. That's just me - but I dont mind being bluntly honest about it and have no 'couth'. I am an unsophistahic. There' a word for you linguists out there.
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I am confronted with this situation at least once a week. By now, most of my business associates know me well enough to keep me out of the "goodies" that they order. And in India, the snacky items are served with a local sweet sauce (chatni) made out of dates & tamarind.

I decline, what else can I do. Have to keep them 2 digit BG numbers rolling.

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Helen - I can appreciate your circumstances. I deal with clients on a daily basis that bring us various dishes & my week's usually filled with at least three days of lunch meetings with clients, attorneys, and others. At first, I felt inclined to eat whatever was presented. This, I am sure, has contributed to my inability to then control my BS. Honestly, I came to a point where I always made sure I ate before I left so I wouldn't be tempted. When presented with the high carb foods, I extended a polite, "no thank you, I'm diabetic" to my company, & we left it at that. Even the clients that were normally easily offended were not - due to the mention of a medical condition.

Best of luck, I know firsthand that it's a tough spot.

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While I can agree with this sentiment, it's unfortunately, not that easy, in my opinion, when dealing with high-end or important clients. As an example, the last thing I would need to do is to offend a client that's bringing $500,000 or more into my firm. This really is a tricky position. She's already mentioned that the client is easily offended to begin with, so it takes care to not lose that client, especially if he/she is a client important to the financial viability of the company. I have found the medical excuse to be the best.

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This has worked well for me, especially in a business or casual setting:

"Oh ... I love this! But my doctor says No."

It's just a teensy fib if your doc's a carb-pusher, and only slightly bigger if the food is one you genuinely detest.

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Thanks for your views everyone. I agree in a perfect world it would be easy to put your health first. Although in a perfect world I wouldn't have diabetes, so that world isn't coming soon.

Anyway, I like the comment about making sure that you have eaten, because it's easier to resist politely if your little demon isn't pushing you to eat it "just this once" because you are hungry.

Also, I think I'll push the medical view about what the doctor ordered without being specific about what is wrong. Together I think that will work. Thanks.
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