I am often invited to journalist events where food is offered and am often being “forced” into eating food I don’t want. I know from my past experience eating healthy is hard as it is without this kind of torture. I clearly am much firmer these days but it doesn’t stop from people trying to ram food down your throat. The kind of food being offered at these events isn’t lean meat, steamed veggies or a baked sweet potato where I may even change my mind. I’m talking about heavily deep-fried meat coated in bread crumbs, pastries, sugary laden food and anything else with virtually zero nutritional value. But even when your own willpower is strong, why does it seem hard to refuse food? It’s because some people will be offended if you refuse their food. Now, it’s all very well considering other people’s feelings but if you’re going to be successful in making healthy food choices day after day you have to set boundaries for both yourself and those that try to force feed you. Here’s some tips:
No Explanation Needed
Unless someone else is affected by the food you purchase like your family or partner, you do not need to explain your diet changes to them. More often than not, the person offering the food is thinking about their own image as a host or hostess, not your diet. When food you don’t want to eat is served, just leave it untouched while you eat the rest of your food. If it’s just a single dish, just politely say no and don’t say you’re on a diet. Don’t make it into an issue by saying you are.
Take it or leave it?
Some temptation is better left unmet. If there’s a company buffet of unhealthy food, have your healthy lunch before it arrives. And if you have to be at a meeting show your face, but leave as soon as you are done. The longer you sit there and watch other people eat the harder fighting temptation becomes. If someone notices you say you’ve already eaten. Most people back off at this stage.
Won’t Take No for an Answer?
The person who insists you eat something you clearly don’t want to, is no longer being charitable. You just have to be persistent and say you’ve no interest in that food. Afterall giving in to the badgering is the worst that you can do especially if you don’t want that food. Why should you do something to make someone else feel good about themselves. Be firm and upfront if you have to be by saying “please, I’ve told you before I am not interested” but there’s no need to be rude. Just remember this is your body and your choice and no one should dictate to you what you should be eating if you don’t want to.
The bottom line is that only YOU are in control of your body and YOU have a choice 🙂