Post # 1
So I am trying really hard to lose weight. I am not exactly broadcasting this at work, but I also work in a pretty small office (<30 people total). Still, I am quiet and just do my thing when it comes to eating at the office.
Well, we have a lot of vendors come in on a regular basis and bring food. Always dangerous when trying to lose weight but I can usually find some sort of reasonably healthy/tasty items to eat when they do that.
So today a vendor is bringing in pizza. I can deal with that. What I cannot deal with is the fact that the vendor ordered the pizzas based on what he ‘usually brings’ (he hasn’t done pizza for us in about a year or so). So what did he order? Well, 3 types: pepperoni, pepperoni and sausage, and pepperoni and mushroom. Yes, EVERY SINGLE slice of pizza will have pepperoni on it.
I loathe pepperoni. As in, PenguinGuy loves it on his pizza which means that we get separate pizzas and don’t kiss until he brushes his teeth loathe.
The worst part is that when I made a comment to my coworkers about ‘why couldn’t he even get a plain one?’ I was told that I need to learn how to compromise and go with their flow since I am the ‘new girl’. I have worked here for a YEAR!
Ok, vent over.
And side note? Yes, I have a healthy non-pepperoni infused lunch I can eat, but it is considered really rude to do that when we have vendors come with food. sigh.
Post # 3
I’ll start this with the fact the I LOVE pepperoni (sometimes I just snack on pepperoni slices) but it is absolutely ridiculous for this vendor to think that those pizza “variety” choices are acceptable. IMO, there should ALWAYS be a cheese only option as some people don’t eat meat period.
Sorry you’re kind of stuck. Can you just kind of “disappear” when the vendor is there with food? I sure hope they don’t count and make sure every person in the office is eating what they brought.
Post # 4
I totally feel your pain, girlie! It is really tough to lose weight when unhealthy foods are being shoved in your face. And definitley not fair! I think it is dumb that it is considered “rude” however, to not partake of the vendor’s food choice. Maybe say something like you are trying to watch what you eat, or you are trying to eat healthy. If being health concious is considered “rude” I don’t know what this world is coming to! I would definitely try and sneak away for lunch today….avoid the situation all together.
Post # 5
I’ll never understand how it is considered rude for a person not to eat something they do not like, but it isn’t rude for the person supplying the food to decide what everyone else will eat.
I think it is perfectly acceptable for you to simply say, “No thank you” when offered the pizza. You shouldn’t have to rationalize it or offer an explanation. Perhaps you don’t eat meat, perhaps you are dieting, maybe you don’t like pepperoni or maybe it gives you terrible stomach cramps and explosive diarrhea… (ick and sorry, but you get my point).
I think a gracious and polite “no thank you” should suffice and if pressured, use the last excuse above & let us know how it goes 😛
Post # 6
Don’t eat the pizza. Seriously–it’s equally rude for them to make you eat it out of politeness. DH’s a vegetarian. Would it be rude for him to refuse?
Post # 7
I don’t eat any sort of pork products (they used to be my favorite animal when I was little, and now it just grosses me out), and my boss always brings in the meat lover’s pizza from Little Ceasar’s (which is kinda gross anyway). Usually I scrape the meat and cheese back and eat the crust underneath. You can typically eat about half a slice like that before it becomes really obvious, depending on the type of pizza. I would eat after they leave or something. If nothing else, run to the breakroom and just scarf your lunch down while they’re all eating the gross pizza and claim you were in the bathroom :).
Post # 8
Just tell them you don’t eat pepperoni. Think of it like a food allergy, if it were something you were allergic to, no one would think twice about you not eating it. Bring your food you brought in with you while everyone is eating, so at least you’re part of the team.
Post # 9
My first job out of college was working for The Fresh Market (an upscale grocerey store chain)… talk about food. Sure, I was just an analyst, but there were vendors in all the time and every friday they cleaned out the sample closet. And I sat near and was good friends with the candy buyer. Temptation EVERYWHERE. We had a joke in the office that you gained the “The Fresh Market 15”, we warned all the new people about it, because it wasn’t a myth.