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11 Nice Ways to Say 'No' to Food Pushers

Politely Turn Down Food at Parties and Gatherings

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  • I say "Oh, I wish I could, but I'm soooo full right now!" - 11/7/2014 8:03:47 AM
  • Although most close family and friends always say that I look and eat like a bird, when in reality I do eat a lot (mostly healthy foods & meals), and appreciate when I kindly tell them that I'm very watchful in what eat. In turn, they also want to learn the same will power in saying 'No, thanks". - 11/7/2014 8:02:01 AM
  • I say that my health is endangered by those foods because I'm very sensitive to them.
    If they say 'but I saw you eat them last month' I say that I have a hard time staying away from them sometimes, but that still, my health is served best by not having them. - 11/7/2014 4:27:32 AM
  • A lie is a lie. If you lower yourself morally to win physically, you have lost a bigger battle. Better to have a clear conscience than have to look yourself in the mirror the next morning knowing you lied. "The truth shall set you free!" - 11/7/2014 4:07:28 AM
  • Woe to anyone who tried any of these tactics on me! LOL! I have no problem saying, "NO" and I don't explain anything, either. - 10/29/2014 5:32:18 PM
  • No, thanks.

    It's not necessary to justify your answer. If they persist, just keep repeating, "No, thanks." - 7/31/2014 9:47:16 AM
  • I just tell them the truth. I have been eating a new way. I feel good and have lost weight. I am off all sugar. The inflamation in my back has gone down because of it. (I have back problems, and this is the truth.) So, I can't eat it. Sorry. But thanks anyway. Most people want to know what I have been doing because they might want to do it themselves. Since I feel better, they are interested in what I am doing.
    I can not control how they feel, but I can control how I eat. - 7/28/2014 12:26:40 PM
  • What I say is "It looks delicious, but I'm full." - 7/26/2014 10:05:05 PM
  • ASTRA56
    I enjoyed the article. I've used some of the suggestions in the past. However, after losing 80 pounds in the last year, after I have been mostly obese during my over 50 years, (yo-yo mama), I have no qualms now about saying No thank you. Repeatedly if necessary. No BS excuses, just No, thank you. I never say I'm on a diet because I'm not. As the author said, I control what I eat. I've finally chosen to make better food choices and sure I indulge now and then. But I choose. I have control over this. Many devastating things have happened in my life which was out of my control. But this one thing I can control. I can choose to just say No, thank you. - 7/25/2014 2:31:10 PM
  • Why do you have to be nice, and tell white lies? Oh please! These are the same people that will say insulting things behind your back or even to your face about all the weight you have gained, or how much of a see-food diet you are on - everything you see, you eat! When I'm busting my rear in the gym, where are they? #takeseveralseats and go somewhere else with your food that I don't want. - 7/25/2014 1:12:52 PM
  • KIMSOO
    Another harmless white lie: I say I'm allergic to an offending ingredient, as long as I'm not eating with really close friends or family who know it is not the case. It is the last they will push because no one wants a potentially life threatening allergic reaction at any gathering. - 7/25/2014 12:10:53 PM
  • TWATSON
    I like to print and give this card to pushers---Courtesy of Dr Phil

    I AM MAKING A
    SERIOUS COMMITMENT TO
    PROTECT AND PROLONG MY
    HEALTH, SO PLEASE DON'T
    TEMPT ME.
    HOUNDING ME TO EAT WHAT I
    DON'T WANT ISN'T HELPING.
    PLEASE REFRAIN!

    BACK OFF WITH THE PIE, CAKE,
    COOKIES OR MASHED 'TATERS!
    PLEASE REFRAIN!


    "STOP KILLING ME WITH FOOD!"
    - 7/25/2014 11:49:33 AM
  • I like to say "no thank you" followed with I had a late "breakfast" or "lunch" (depending on the time of day) -- and not really hungry, but will try some later... - 7/25/2014 11:29:53 AM
  • What do you say, when you work with a food pusher? The funny thing is he used to be overweight and he brings in unhealthy treats on Friday's. I mean every single Friday. I know where they are and I avoid that side of the building. But I also want to say, you have been where I am, if not bigger and you are bringing this temptation in. - 7/25/2014 8:44:58 AM
  • REFLEXLADY
    I agree honesty is always the best. The comment that raises my hackles is "all things in moderation", as though I am a fanatic, and they justify all things they eat by that comment. Had a conversation about eating pork, I said I don't eat pork, "well all things in moderation." I just shut up before I got into it to deep, and really did become a fanatic. HaHa. - 7/25/2014 4:58:50 AM

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