The No-Deprivation Diet
EAT BEFORE YOU GO
Whether it’s a menu tasting or cocktails, “Don’t show up starving!” advises Flour Bakery owner Joanne Chang. Opt for a healthy meal consisting of protein and good carbs like brown rice or whole grains, suggests Meagan McGarry of Temple Bar in Cambridge.
ONCE THERE, FILL UP ON FRUITS AND VEGGIES
“There should always be a healthy offering or two, such as salad or vegetables,” says Chang. “I bulk up my plate with these and then take a bit of something indulgent, like a casserole.” McGarry makes a beeline for seafood and fruit platters.
SKIP THE FRY STATION
And the dips. And the cheese tray. And anything wrapped in puff pastry.
DO HAVE DESSERT
“If there are foods you really want, like your grandmother’s chocolate mousse, allow yourself a few bites,” McGarry says. Echoes Chang: “Just take a few tastes of the things that really call out to you.”