You might find these tips and tricks useful. Test them out this coming New Year and Chinese New Year. Maintain your image of a polite human being yet choose what you put onto your plate, mouth and hips.
1. Decide on how much you're going to indulge before the event.
2. Be flexible but firm with your decision.
3. Have a healthy snack before gatherings and say the magic phrase, "I ate before I came."
"What you eat!!! Come here already must eat!!!"
"You so skinny, eat a bit more won't die one laaaaa"
"Help to finish the food, DON'T WASTE!!!"
And all sorts of other weird comments. I'd rather you ditch the food rather than eat it and feel like it wasn't necessary.
Food-Shover: "Eh, come get some food to eat!"
You: "I came from another gathering and had some food there." *BIG SMILE*
"BUT THE KIDS IN AFRICA ARE STARVING!!!"
If you think that the food on your table could magically make their way to the kids in Africa, please, by all means, eat them - you'd better eat all of them.
If not, ditch the food that you don't need. I'm not saying that you must throw them away (unless they're fried and full of transfats/saturated fats). You can always pack them for another meal.
4. Hold some food/drink in your hands but eat them slowly.
The trick here is to use the same piece of food for an extended period of time. No point doing this if you're going to keep eating what's on your plate at a fast rate.
"Eat more! Have some more springrolls!"
"Ah. I still have my fruits. I'll have the springrolls later!" *SMILESSS!*
6. Focus on socializing :)
"You eat so little!!! On diet uh?"
"No la! Eh, so how's life so far? Do you have a new year resolution?"
7. Be VERY, VERY kind to yourself <3
Always remind yourself that you have only ONE body and it deserves the best. It doesn't deserve to be deprived or starved, neither does it deserves to be force-fed or stuffed. Make every decision out of love for your mind and body.
Most importantly, enjoy yourself;