There’s a few in every family; relatives who are healthy eating saboteurs and won’t take no for an answer.
Here are a few tips on how to avoid family members who try their best to derail your attempts at making healthy food choices.
How to deal with the things family say to sabotage your healthy eating
“You’ve just got to treat yourself!”
If you use this reasoning to constantly justify what goes into your mouth, you may end up blowing your boundaries and goals away completely.
Of course, you don’t need to deprive yourself and you should give yourself permission to have a treat, however when relatives use this line in order to get you to eat unhealthy food, keep in mind you can spiral out of control and go back into unhealthy eating habits.
Try to deflect with something like “I intend to! Let me work my way around the table first.”
“One bite isn’t going to kill you!”
How many times have you heard this from food saboteurs? Most of us can’t stop at one bite, which is how you may have gotten into your unhealthy habits that you are now working hard to get out of!
If you know that you won’t be able to stop after one bite, don’t put yourself in the position where you will end up feeling guilty for overeating.
If you’re faced with this situation from family use the “Once you pop you can’t stop so thanks but no thank you!” response. You can also try bringing your own healthy treats from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge to family events, like these Snickers Bars.
“You are going to try this whether you like it or not!”
This is not only annoying but also puts you in a situation that can make you feel pressured and like you have no choice but to eat everything in front of you.
Remember that you are in control of what you eat, and although you may feel pressured into eating unhealthy food, ultimately you are responsible for putting that food into your body.
If it was placed on your plate without your permission or not by your choice, avoid eating it.
If you think the temptation on your plate may be too much, try a variation of: “I wish I could but I can’t/don’t eat that, unfortunately. My loss – it looks delicious!”
Yes it’s a little white lie but you’ve got to look out for your best interests.
“You just have to try my dish, I insist!”
Another unwanted layer of pressure from family. This can be a difficult situation to tackle as the person forcing you to eat it has a personal investment in it and your refusal may offend.
You can try telling them you can’t eat an ingredient in the dish or you can try another little white lie of: “Thanks I had some already and it’s so delicious you have got to give me the recipe!”
Again it’s a little white lie however it’s in the best interest of your weight loss journey and healthy lifestyle. You can also load up on your own homemade food, such as the Chicken Curry Potato Bake from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
“I made you your favorite so EAT UP!”
When faced with this extremely awkward situation, the easier option would be to just eat the whole damn thing.
However, think about the old you who would have made that choice and compare her to the you that you are now sitting at the table.
Which version of yourself are you happier with? Which version makes you feel good, looks good?
Try to actively put yourself first and try not to worry so much about other people’s feelings.
If you are worried about spoiling the mood or can’t bear to disappoint the family member who so kindly cooked your favorite dish, try to respond with:
“I’m so touched thank you! You know I’ve been eating it so much lately, let me try some of your other delicious meals because I think I may leave with a new favorite!”
Yes, a little flattery can get you a long way away from the awkwardness of refusing unhealthy food.
If you don’t feel confident enough to say no or using one of the suggested responses above, take preprepared, healthy options under the guise of helping out the host and stick to what you bought.
Give yourself permission to try a couple of less than healthy options but if you feel you may not be able to stop, stick to your own food from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
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