How to Stick to Your Diet this Holiday Season

Why is it that so many people associate the holidays with weight gain? Obviously, we have the presence of our family favorite dishes, laden with calories all in one room. However, a room full of food usually isn’t all that gets us to sometimes give into temptation and go off the healthy track we’ve been trying to stick to all year. Sometimes the pressure from family and friends to stop being so strict combined with the tasty dishes is what sends us over the edge into sugars, fats, and processed everything. But how can we say no to our families’ pleas to go off track without seeming arrogant or insensitive?

We’ve come up with the top 7 lines you can dish out when offered a dish that isn’t in line with your health goals this holiday season. Which ones will you use?

1. Stalling

“I will in a bit!”
Stalling is a great tactic. Odds are the offender won’t follow you around making sure you actually try the dish. If they catch up with you by the end of the party to ask what you thought, tell them that it slipped your mind but you’ll be sure to try it next time.

2. A little White Lie

“I had some already—so delicious!”
While lying to get out of sticky situations is not our typical go-to, a white lie in this situation isn’t going to hurt anybody. You’ll get out of eating food you don’t want or need, and you’re giving a compliment on what probably is a delicious dish.

3. The Healthy Approach

 “Yes, it is only once a year, but I’ll probably live to celebrate more holidays if I stick with my diet plan!”
People can sometimes see healthy eating as vain—a means to the end result of losing weight and looking better. It’s harder for someone to argue with you if you bring attention to the fact that you eat right and exercise for better health and a longer life. Looking good just happens to be a side effect!

4. The Honest Approach

“I wouldn’t say obsessed, but I am conscious of what I eat.”
Words like “food snob” or “obsessed” are pretty harsh when they’re thrown around during the holidays. But don’t let passive-aggressive comments like this bring you down—or make you veer away from your good eating intentions. Acknowledging your willpower and healthy food choices might influence others to be more conscious of what they eat. Sometimes you just have to combat food pushing with a little honest kindness.

5. The Response to “I’m not leaving until you take ONE bite.”

“Sorry, but I don’t like (or can’t eat) [insert ingredient here].”
It’s hard to argue with someone’s personal food preferences. If someone doesn’t like an ingredient whether its sweet potatoes, pumpkin, or butter, odds are that he or she hasn’t liked it for a very long time. If you’d like to get creative with this one, go into detail about how you got sick on the ingredient as a kid or how your mom says you always threw it across the room as a baby. Who can argue with that?

6. When they say, “You’re too skinny”

 “Trust me, I’m in no danger of wasting away!”
This food push is definitely on the passive-aggressive side. Using humor to fight back will defuse any tension while making it clear where you stand.

7. The Flattery Approach

“I know, but once you pop you can’t stop! And I’m sure it’s so delicious I wouldn’t be able to stop!”
If someone keeps pressuring you to try one bite, humor will serve to distract whoever is so insistent. It’s a way to say “thanks, but no thanks” while making it clear that you’re not interested in overindulging.

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