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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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  • Oh, another thing I tried but didn't see on here was to agree to try it, and take a teeny weeny bit of it. One teaspoon will leave bits all over the plate, but for most foods, it won't break the diet. - 9/1/2013 10:10:54 AM
  • Maybe I go to different parties, but the worst "food pushers" are people who have known me all my life and say "Are you sure you aren't hungry?" even when I've had more than enough. After I say no, they are all okay with it and my food choices. - 9/1/2013 10:06:54 AM
  • MARCHMAIN
    You can always tell a white lie and say that you are allergic to one of the ingredients. I've done this several times. - 9/1/2013 9:56:35 AM
  • MELISSAREL
    I swear I really don't mean to troll (although I do know this is going to sound like it), but some of these are straight out of the pro-ana handbook. Pushing food around your plate to make it look like you ate it? Lying about what you already ate? Those are the oldest tricks in the ED book. - 9/1/2013 7:53:06 AM
  • I do like leftovers ... less for me to worry about cooking the next day. But now since I'm following a low-carb diet there's not many foods I will eat. But at work potlucks or friends dinners if I'm invited to take something home, I ask for the salad, veggies or meat - these are things I definitely can enjoy and 9xs out of 10 no one else wants to take home the first 2 items anyway. LOL! - 9/1/2013 1:15:17 AM
  • I love leftovers! Especially turkey! And if you get a bunch of high-fat things you don't want you can throw them out in the privacy of your own home. - 8/22/2013 1:09:18 AM
  • I have a really pushy friend. She claims to eat healthily but doesn't do so in reality. I once asked her "Are you trying to sabotage me?" She said no, and then didn't push anymore! - 5/27/2013 10:18:04 AM
  • I usually just say no thanks, if they push or insist I just say no really, I hate ...........(fill in the blanks) No one ever asks a second time. May not be the nicest, but it is the most honest and the most remembered! - 5/26/2013 10:33:15 PM
  • Great article. I use some of these with my favorite food-pushers and when all else fails this is my favorite polite way to turn down a food-pusher, "Oh no, I'm sorry I'm just full now but I enjoyed everything so much!" - 5/26/2013 12:38:37 PM
  • KRISTIANNE26
    Because of food pushers, I have simply eliminated all food related gatherings at work from my schedule. I used to go just to be social, but people just can't seem to understand. I am gluten and dairy free for very good reasons, and they simply refuse to leave it alone. They are aware that I get sick and still push. I had one woman take a piece of cheesecake, put it in front of my face, and say, "just a little bit?!?" Now, when people ask if I will attend, I say no and explain why when asked. Maybe it will make people think and they will leave the next person that says no alone. - 5/26/2013 12:17:26 PM
  • PINK_FREAK8994
    i hate people who dont respect the diet wishes of someone. i try my best to eat healthy, i dont eat tortillas beans potatos buscuits or oily fried foods but yet my mom cooks every single one of those things for breakfast she fries the tortillas and the potatoes and its just disgusting and then when i say why cant she make something that i like and that is more healthy she gets all mad and says shes not gonna cook fancy stuff that we just need food to feed us. i feel like slapping her when she says that and you guys have guessed is that everyone has high blood pressure and high sodium and im the one in the family who weighs the least. my family is the picture of food pushers! - 5/26/2013 12:16:02 PM
  • i am a vegan and i do not eat wheat or sugar and i take my food and by now most people know how i eat or just get mad and i do not care or i will say i have lost 163lbs and i like it - 5/26/2013 11:19:04 AM
  • I have used many of these responses when someone offers me food. I have no allergies, but I have used the allergy excuse, even though people knows I am not allergic, they laugh and don't push anymore. Of course joking and sarcasm is what I do. So, it usually works.
    At big gatherings with a lt of food, I have been told try someone's dish (usually dessert), I tell them I will after my stomach settles. Sometimes, it's gone before I get to try it. Then I have an honest reason not to eat it when they come back and ask if I tried it. - 5/3/2013 8:17:43 AM
  • People do push food... and sometimes it's not just to be nice. It's almost like they won't feel guilty for eating it if you eat it too- especially at work! I had to say "no thank you" three times the other day to the same person offering the same food. The saying "We don't turn down free food around here" made me feel like I wasn't part of the team, part of the 'we' simply because I didn't want to add extra calories to my diet. There is always something to celebrate and some folks seem offended when I don't eat- as if I can't feel good about an event or 'celebrate' without eating a donut or a piece of cake or whatever the case may be. Food Pushers- kind or not, really does describe how I feel about these folks. Offer once, if someone says no- leave it alone! Geez. - 4/29/2013 4:17:21 PM
  • Amen to EAA789! - 4/26/2013 11:56:49 PM

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