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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 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.
  • 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.
  • great ideas. I've used a few myself but you gave me a few new ones. Thanks!
  • Great article. I have plenty of "food pushers" in my life. This will definetly make it easier to deal with them. Thanks, Sparkle!
    No Thanks, I'm happy with my pallate"
  • 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!
  • I find it's easier to say thank you, take some and throw it away. Then tell them how wonderful it was.
  • I tell them, "I have an allergy. I break out in thighs."
    Gets a laugh, shuts them up!
  • "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. ;)
  • "No, thank you" works fine for me. Short and sweet.
    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.
  • I have a pretty easy out - I have a health condition. Usually dropping that line let's people know that the whole "diet" isn't really a diet, but a lifestyle that I need to stick to.
  • You gotta love food pushers! They are every where, but I have learned that most things in life, are mind over matter! Plus, when I look in the mirror, I see a healthy me, so then it becomes much easier to push the negativeness away!
  • While I do like the suggested responses, I feel like some of them do the opposite of building good relationships with people and food. How can people learn to respect each other's words, if we pretend to appease them? I try very hard to be honest in my responses to my people about food....though of course, I'm not perfect in it. But planning to lie just doesn't work....I'll plan to warn them ahead of time first if I must.

    For me, it's a CONSTANT battle and I'm a sweets nut, so I have to speak up. People that love me will bring me treats if I don't stop them sooner rather than later so if there is food involved and my friend always makes me her famous brownies, I tell her before that this week I can't do brownies. That way she doesn't go to the expense and trouble of cooking something just for me that I'm now squirming to get out of. But that definitely assumes relationship....we already care about each other so I've already shared my struggle.

    For situations where they know but don't care, then I don't mind leaving the food. I didn't ask for it and need them to know NOT to waste that assumption on me, as I'm not gonna give in.

    And I do have the "benefit" of a medical diagnosis. I've always struggled with wt. and health, but now I can just say doctor says....if I can control this thing with diet, no med's are needed. People don't push me after that and if they do....well, do I really care if I hurt their feelings? They don't care if I have to go on insulin!

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