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Alopecia: How to Handle Food Options at Parties, Holidays and Get Together's

I had a client recently come to me with this dilemma. She is in the midst of many parties and get togethers and it's hard for her to keep her diet in check while attending such events. As a professional event planner with over 15+years experience... here are my tips for navigating such situations.

Weddings: If you are close to the couple then ask in advance if your dietary needs can be accommodated. Sometimes there are buffets, which allows you to make thoughtful choices. Other options include speaking to the waiters or catering personnel onsite and requesting changes. Many times, they come prepared and can make changes for one or two people without any trouble. If you are not close to the couple, perhaps eating before, taking some snacks and being careful in choosing from the food that is available.

Conferences: If you are an attendee to a conference many chances, they are already aware and cognizant and have sent out a survey or have asked you for your dietary requirements upon signing up. If so, great, then that should be taken care of. If not, then contact the organizer of the conference and make your needs known.

When planning events for major Fortune 100 companies, we catered to everyone and everything, including kosher. This practice is quite normal in business and should be even more normal between friends and families.

Party: Sometimes you can gauge how the food will be by who is hosting the party. If the host is into health and wellness then healthy options will be served, if not, then general food or crowd pleasing food will be served. In many cases, I like to eat before hand, only nibbling on the veggie platter upon arrival. If this party is longer in time, then maybe bring a dish or two that caters to your liking and is an option for you and the other guests so that you don't feel isolated and the others don't take offense of you not eating the food. Also, brining in a dish, creates harmony and camaraderie.

Get Together: Normally get togethers are meals, and are more intimate in style. I would offer t