Ah, the food pushers.
Early in my weight loss, I ran into this a lot. “Just a bite won’t make you fat,” they would say, not understanding that I wasn’t avoiding the calories … I was avoiding the battle I had with sugar addiction for my entire life! And I hadn’t read any of Dr. Alber’s books … so I wasn’t very well prepared with what to say.
But now that I’ve maintained my 52-pound weight loss for seven years, I don’t find that any more … my success dis-arms any food pushers!
I do try, however, to use Teachable Moments. On behalf of myself and all others who consider themselves sugar addicts, I think it is important for people to know that some of us just can’t say “No” to sugar once we start. I believe that my relationship to sugar is the same as an alcoholic’s relationship to alcohol. Without sounding self-righteous, I explain to people that it’s best for me to just stay away from sugar because once I start eating it I can’t stop. Most people will respect your will-power and the boundary that you draw for yourself.
I also believe in the power of “No, thank you.” We have a lot of celebrations at work that involve cake 🙂 People are used to me just politely saying “No, thank you” when it is offered … and I just continue chatting with my friends who have gathered for the celebration.
P.S. I recently celebrated my 30th anniversary at work. My boss went to at least three grocery stores to put together a magnificent bowl of exotic fresh fruit for everyone to enjoy! We had donut peaches and black velvet plums … a treat for everyone!