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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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  • The worst food pushers are the ones who want you to eat junk while they're eating junk so they don't have to feel guilty about their poor choices in front of you. I'm trying more and more to just avoid as many of these situations as I can. - 4/20/2014 10:02:47 AM
  • What ever happened to plain old "no thank you?" It works and it's the most polite, in my opinion. - 4/18/2014 11:51:42 AM
  • That one about 'I'll have to force you to eat it' just brought my hackles up. My response would be, 'You can try, but my dad tried to all through my childhood, and he didn't manage it, so you certainly won't'. I loathe roast dinners because of him. Gah! - 4/18/2014 11:38:29 AM
  • I like the stall tactic. I have been a food pusher myself but I don't get hurt when people don't want to eat. Most of the time when I make something it gets eaten up and if not I know that I either made to much or it was a new recipe that did not quite work out. - 4/12/2014 3:02:54 PM
  • Ha! I used "Not right now, I think I'll have some as a snack later!" about an hour ago. DF thought I needed a cheddarwurst alongside my sloppy elk joe. - 3/13/2014 11:06:56 PM
  • great ideas. I've used a few myself but you gave me a few new ones. Thanks! - 2/22/2014 9:26:37 PM
  • Great article. I have plenty of "food pushers" in my life. This will definetly make it easier to deal with them. Thanks, Sparkle! - 2/22/2014 8:39:11 AM
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    No Thanks, I'm happy with my pallate" - 2/22/2014 8:04:33 AM
  • I'm allergic :) - 12/12/2013 7:52:48 AM
  • As a vegan, I get this a lot. A LOT. All year round. "But eggs are good for you!" "If you don't eat meat, you get no protein!" and my personal favourite "You'll have osteoporosis in like 10 years" (and I am 24 years old!).
    Even if they want to shove their perspective towards food and their beliefs in my face, I find it pointless, disrespectful and exhausting to do the same.
    My physician gave me the best advice on the matter: "Thanks, I'm allergic" are the magic words! All animal products are very common allergens, so I'm always excused and it doesn't even have to be a big deal! - 12/11/2013 7:31:45 PM
  • I find it's easier to say thank you, take some and throw it away. Then tell them how wonderful it was. - 11/24/2013 9:14:16 PM
  • I tell them, "I have an allergy. I break out in thighs."
    Gets a laugh, shuts them up! - 9/2/2013 10:59:33 AM
  • "No, thank you" or "I'm good," take care of it for me. If they insist, I say firmly, "No really, I'm good." The only time it wouldn't work was with my grandma, but she was always far too good a cook for me to turn down anything she cooked. ;) - 9/1/2013 9:47:23 PM
  • "No, thank you" works fine for me. Short and sweet. - 9/1/2013 7:45:31 PM
  • I tend to be very weak when a food pusher is talking about desserts. However, I find the easiest way for me to get out of it is to either share the dessert, have a taste and then toss the rest when the pusher isn't looking, or claim that I'm not ready for dessert yet. - 9/1/2013 4:14:38 PM

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