Day 319 (T, 111115) — Saying No to Food Pushers

The Underminers.  You know who they are:

  • the coworker who insists you have a bagel
  • the family member who offers cake after pie after cookie after candy even though you’ve explained eight ways to Sunday that you don’t want any
  • the unknown assailant who leaves “a nice surprise” (aka a brownie or cookie or candy bar) on your desk at work

People everywhere try constantly to push food on us.  Not just offer and back down after a gentle demurral, but actively try to convince us to eat it anyway, tempting us despite any and all explanations about why we aren’t partaking.


So how do you deal with them?  While it might be cathartic to take the proffered treat and shove it up their . . . um, nevermind, I can’t finish that thought on a family blog which includes the word “fuckers” just one line above . . . . .

Rather than indulge in activities which are bound to get you talked about,* (one of my favorite diet and exercise motivation and advice sites) offers an article this morning called 11 Nice Ways to Say ‘No’ to Food Pushers: Politely Turn Down Food at Parties and Gatherings which has specific phrases to use to beat these . . . people.**

These tips work year-round at birthday parties, family get-togethers and Sunday brunches with friends alike!

  1. The Push: “It’s my specialty, you have to try it!”
  2. The Push: “This [insert name of high-calorie dish] is my favorite. You’ll love it!”
  3. The Push: “It’s just once a year!”
  4. The Push: “Looks like someone is obsessed with dieting…”
  5. The Push: “If you don’t try my dish, I’m just going to have to force you to eat it!”
  6. The Push: “You need some meat on your bones.”
  7. The Push: “One bite isn’t going to kill you.”
  8. The Push: “But it’s your favorite!”
  9. The Push: [Someone puts an extra helping on your plate without you asking.]
  10. The Push: “Have another drink!”
  11. The Push: “We have so many leftovers. Take some!”

Each one offers a Push, a Response, and an explanation of Why It Works.

Take a moment to arm yourself with these tips and tricks.  It’s an excellent article and well worth reading (and rereading) as the holidays approach and Food Pushers reach fever pitch.


Plan for Week 45.  Still doing well this week.  Good SCD days both Sunday and Monday.  Let’s keep it going.

Day Fast? SCD? Run/Exer?
Sunday No Yes No
Monday Yes Yes Yes
Tuesday Yes Yes No
Wednesday Yes Yes Yes
Thursday Yes Yes No
Friday Yes Yes Yes
Saturday No No Yes
Red = a negative deviation | Green = a positive deviation | Blue = a note


* The correct way to punctuate a sentence that starts: ‘Of course it is none of my business, but –‘ is to place a period after the word ‘but.’  Don’t use excessive force in supplying such a moron with a period.  Cutting his throat is only a momentary pleasure and is bound to get you talked about. — Lazarus Long in Robert Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love.
** And not “to a bloody pulp” as I might prefer . . .

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