(Closed) Tips on dealing with people trying to push food on you!

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lefeymw:  I totally agree.  Just say no.  If they say “oh well how about one bite?” just repeat “No thank you.”  If you say no enough times they will stop trying.

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

what about “i am trying to avoid sugar because i don’t like the way it makes my body feel” when they won’t take “no thank you” for an answer?

Post # 19
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ugh I HATE this. It’s so rude. People will always offer me stuff and a lot of times I say no. Then they say “You’re sooo thin and you can eat whatever you want, why do you care” I think they should mind their own business!!!!

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I know what you mean . . . I can think of someone who tried to literally shove a piece of cheese in my mouth while I was washing dishes.  She came up from behind and said, “Try it!” and put it in my mouth.  I have nothing against eating cheese, but I had finished eating and was full.  

Usually, I just say, “Oh, I’ve just eaten, thank you” or “Yes, I’m sure that is amazing, it looks delicious and I love xxx but I’ve already had my quota for today”.  When they push, I just say, “No, thanks anyway”.  People usually don’t push past a certain limit because they don’t want to look like obsessive nutcases over making you eat something.

Fact:  The ultimate food-pushing incident in my life was when my friend’s mother (who was convinced I had to be annorexic since I avoided fast food chains and prefered not to order anything with them whenever they went to MacDonald’s) prepared an entire meail of Country-fried-battered Steak and beans cooked in bacon and told me I absolutely needed to eat something and sat there and basically made me eat the entire meal alone with her watching.  I was only 15 and just couldn’t figure out how to get out of it.  Really, really weird experience. 

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I usually just claim I’ve been eating all day, even if I haven’t really. I’m a thin person, so sometimes I get rude comments like “You hardly need to watch your weight; you should at least try it!” But I just blow it off. I care more about my health than making someone happy for eating fried chicken or donuts. 🙂 lol

Post # 22
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m also hypoglycemic, so the medical reason usually works. But sometimes it doesn’t. I usually have this problem when I don’t want an alcoholic drink. People can get really uncomfortable around people who don’t drink (although, I do drink sometimes, just not all the time) or eat sweets. They secretly (unconsciously) think you are judging them for eating or drinking X, Y or Z.  

So if the polite, no thank you, I’m full, maybe later doesn’t work… I sometimes will say it makes me feel bad (leave it vauge- do you physically like nausous or mentally, they’ll never know). Sometimes they just want acknowledgment that you don’t judge them, I enjoy seeing everyone else enjoy it. If I eat it, I’ll just feel bad (see note above) and that will make me enjoy the moment less. 

Sometimes, you just have to say, “NO, I don’t have or need a reason. I’m just saying NO. NO Thank you, I appriciate the offer, but I don’t want it.” Then stop and stare at them, don’t back down. If they keep saying anything repeat–NO, I don’t need a reason…”

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@MrsSl82be: That’s a good one! I am using that next time.

Post # 25
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@oracle: still, really?? Then I would firmly tell them that you said no, and you meant it, and you still mean it, and you would appreciate if they stopped asking. That should get the point across, as long as you say it nicely but firmly

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Usually, I tell people “No thanks,” “I’m not hungry,” and “I don’t snack between meals.”

If all else fails, keep a pack of gum handy, and tell people you were just chewing some – who wants an aftertaste of mint and food in their mouth? 

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

This time of year is hard for me because of Halloween and people bringing in their leftover candy. I have no will power when it comes to eating halloween candy, but then at some point my body says “it’s time to stop” and I stop eating it. After a while I just don’t feel good. Other than that, I am usually pretty good around the holiday’s. My boss brought in some pumpkin bread and was asking everyone in our unit to eat some. i told her no thank you, the halloween candy did me in and the thought of eating any more sweets will make me sick. Usually, if I tell people 1 time they don’t ask again.

Post # 28
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599 posts
Busy bee

I just say “no thank you” over and over again until they get it. I don’t give them excuses because then they try and get around them somehow. Like so:

Coworker: “BG, have a cupcake!”

Me: “Thanks, but I’m good!”

Coworker: “Oh, come on, I made them myself!”

Me: “That’s very sweet of you! No thank you though.”

Coworker: “What is it? Are you on a diet? One bite won’t hurt!”

Me: “No thanks.”

Coworker: “Come on, you’re wasting away!”

Me: “…”

Coworker: “Suit yourself!”

I mean, eventually they have to wind up sounding like an idiot and give up. Right?

Post # 29
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Sometimes if you turn it back around on the offender and ‘call them out’ for trying to push food on you in a teasing way that will also work. Like “Woah lady cool it! What are you trying to make yourself feel better for pigging out??”

Post # 30
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6659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I also usually say that i just brushed my teeth and maybe later. The only problem with that though is once a coworker literally waited 30 minutes and loudly came over to my cube again so all could hear and announced enough time had gone by and I had to try one now. I still refused, but it was super awkward and I had to resort to calling her out but not in such a teasing way.

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@BrightGreen: this!

I don’t give reasons because I feel like it’s none of people’s business WHY and I shouldn’t have to explain myself.  I know it’s not that big of a deal but that is how I feel.  I just keep smiling and saying “no thanks” until they get the picture.

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