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Valentine's Day Food Pushers

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

There's a lovely woman in my office who makes her own homemade candy and baked goods and brings them into the office every week. Needless to say, this is her week to shine. I made a mistake of expressing an interest in her treats and now she always makes sure to bring me some personally. "No, thanks" has little effect. She pushes, I push back, she pushes back and I crumble. It feels rude to say no. So, I think this week I'll say yes . . . and then either re-gift the treat or spirit it to the trash. It feels cruel to toss a hand-made bite of love but I've chosen this week to "get clean" from my snowballing sugar addiction because if I don't it'll surely be even harder next week. And I'm not going to let food pushers -- no matter how well-intentioned (or how talented they are as confectioners!) -- stop me.
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SHERRYBETH84 2/13/2014 5:06AM

    I am battling the sugar addiction as well, and I have a hard time saying no, as my mouth is salivating with delight , and my fingers are itching to grab and gobble any goodie in sight. I used to put the treats in the freezer, for later, but I always ended up binging on them... Frozen treats in Summer- yum. I am my own worst enemy because I am going against my own deep desires for sugar, and my desire for health is so fragile and halfhearted in the face of home baked goods. Because I react so strongly for sugar informs me that I am truly an addict and I must respond accordingly . My own, legal heroin that has corrupted my body, health, self respect and mentality. Am I the only one to obsess on the food all work day? No, but I am the one who sneaks back in all shift eating as much as I can. Am I stronger than a piece of candy? No. Just one, and I am full of excuses for another, and more, and one day blends into another as I plan to clean up my food choices. Months go by as I try to get a handle on this food addiction. Does it ever get better? Will I ever be free from this obsession? I think not. I need to love myself enough to say no to sugar, just as I would deny Vodka to my child.

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FUNLOVEN 2/12/2014 8:17PM

    I am wondering if a conversation like this couldn't take place:

"I feel so special that you would bring me these wonderful treats, but I hope your feelings won't be hurt if I turn them down. I am truly grateful, but I am desperately trying to take off some weight and I could really use your support for success."

What do you think?

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TRAVELGRRL 2/12/2014 8:00PM

    I had an overweight student who would bring me a dozen cookies or cupcakes from a specialty bakery. After protesting & protesting, I always finally accepted them graciously. Then I'd take the box around to all my coworkers & give them away or, in the end, trash them. They were unbelievably huge and decadent, but I just couldn't feel guilty about something I never asked for in the first place.

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NETTY7637 2/12/2014 4:22PM

  Good for you !! emoticon

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HOOKEMBABY422 2/12/2014 2:41PM

    I'm doing the same thing right now at my work re: food pushers! It's so hard!

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PEGGY11 2/12/2014 1:40PM

    I bring these treats home to hubby. He needs the calories, I don't. Tell her you are taking them home to savour them more fully. She won't know. emoticon

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LAILATN 2/12/2014 12:19PM

    YES. Sugar addicts unite! You're doing great. It's hard. But we can do it!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/12/2014 12:12PM

    Regift and move on.

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 2/12/2014 11:44AM

    Lovely she may be, but I'm of the opinionated opinion that people who make their own candies with their own little hands, never mind bake all the time, which isn't as bad, have too much time on their hands. I must admit, though, that it's better to make all those things than to eat them. Sigh and alas.
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JADED_CHICK19 2/12/2014 11:03AM

    It's really hard because people who bake and cook take a lot of pride in what they do and sometimes can feel hurt from rejection. Little do they know just how much we really want their goodies. I say re-gift it! With Valentines day coming up I'm sure that you have some friends or family members, maybe even a secret crush that you can pass them off too! You will beat your sugar addiction once and for all! You've already taken the best step by choosing this week as your detox week! Good Luck and Happy Early Valentines Day!!

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PATTISTAMPS 2/12/2014 11:02AM

    I know just how it feels... my neighbor (a man who lost his wife 3 years ago) comes over at least once every month with a plate of warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. They are lighter than your typical chocolate chip cookie, but still not good for me! I have told him that I am trying to stay away from sweets, and now he delivers them with the pronouncement that all the calories were removed. And does my DH eat them??? NOOOOO. do I? Yes. I need to start throwing them out. They are wasted either way - on my hips or in the trash!

I know they are showing love... but I need to love myself - and you need to love yourself - more!

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SCOOTSMOM50 2/12/2014 11:00AM

  I know people like that too. I fought back the best way I knew how, I graciously accept and then quietly toss it, making sure that if I toss it at work, it is covered with other things so the giver won't see it accidentally. Plus if you cook,( like I do) make some lower cal, lighter fat treats to bring in and share. I do that when we have any type of function at work, and as long as people don't know it's "diet" food, they enjoy it and never know the difference.

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