Q: When a person is on a diet and is invited to a home-cooked dinner party, should the guest (who is on the diet) put aside their diet just for the evening and go ahead and enjoy the meal? Or should they stay on their diet, even though the hostess worked very hard to provide the beautiful and delicious meal?
A: Presumably, those on a weight-loss diet that is self imposed can set it aside for one meal and compensate before and afterward. If someone is on a health-related diet she needs to stick to, she should tell her hostess when the invitation is received – “Thank you so much, I’d love to come but I’m on a pretty restricted diet right now. I could bring my own food, if that would be okay with you, or I can look forward to another invitation some other time and not come this time so as not to interfere with your plans.”