Why do we feel the need to celebrate every occasion with food? Every holiday, birthday, even just a night out is always centered around food. We have a Valentine's Banquet coming up at church, and I have opted not to go this year because I am really trying to stay on track with what I am eating and I have such a hard time making the right decisions when so much delicious food is placed right in front of me. The menu sounds wonderful and there will be some healthy options but I don't feel like I would be able to stick with the healthy options when there is so much to choose from.
Edited to add:
After discussing with a close friend, the issue of what to say to those who say to come to the banquet anyway, she offered the following scriptural response:
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in [his] brother's way. Romans 14:13
Upon further study I found the following commentary on that scripture at www.blueletterbible.org :
Not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way: We might stumble or cause our brother to fall in two ways. We can discourage or beat them down through our legalism against them, or we can do it by enticing them to sin through an unwise use of our liberty.
So to those who support my decision not to come, and continue to encourage me in my weight loss journey - thank you for not being a stumblingblock!!!