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What do you do when you have someone pressuring you to eat junk food?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 27, 2010 at 11:22 AM

People are always pestering me with bad food choices...what are some of the strategies that you employ to dissuade them or for saying no?

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:18 PM

Yup, that's the key.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 27, 2011
at 11:53 AM

punch them in the f%cking face. (felt inspired by your answer, Wozza)

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

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on June 27, 2011
at 09:40 AM

I like playing with typography... Sometimes, I feel that there ought to be a *singing* tag.

35b6ce9b7f9dda8d40d3e6a1812ab0a9

(439)

on June 27, 2011
at 02:52 AM

I want a mailbox near yours! Hello Lumpia!! I grew up with Filipino neighbors here and there through the years and they only gave out Lumpia. Even if I go whole-hog Paleo, I couldn't turn down lumpia, they would always be good to throw in the freezer and take to a pot-luck later. I've never had a close enough Filipino friend to know customs/traditions. sorry.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 27, 2011
at 02:30 AM

There are numerous threads like this if you search. And I mean, am I the only one that is let down by our lack of willpower with issues like this? I mean, I hate sounding harsh, but c'mon if you're old enough to be on this forum you're old enough to not need answers to this question. Just don't eat what you don't want. Don't make more of all this than it is.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 27, 2011
at 02:29 AM

Man Adam, you like the big letters

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on October 29, 2010
at 08:31 PM

"Take a bite, then spit it out or gag like you're going to hurl, then shout 'what the hell is in this?', and walk away" Thanks for making me laugh.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on October 28, 2010
at 06:38 PM

Hooray for nit-picking the ordering of food!

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on October 28, 2010
at 12:31 PM

I also never lie. I just sweetly say "No thank you". Over and over if I have to.

D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

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on October 28, 2010
at 04:11 AM

Related question--duplicate? http://paleohacks.com/questions/12133/how-do-you-get-the-food-pushers-to-back-off#axzz13ciCGhyt

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on October 28, 2010
at 02:50 AM

A lot of people know I am not religious so I am loath to try that. Besides, I really don't care to lie if I can avoid it. And I usually find that truth is less complicated than lies anyway. I guess part of what I need to know is how big a deal is this Phillipino cultural point. Is it really such a horrible nono or is my stepfather exagerating. I am wonder if I can skate by on just being an eccentric American with 'bad taste' hehe.

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

(1932)

on October 27, 2010
at 07:03 PM

Honestly, not trying to be bitchy, but you just can't live your whole life worried about how people are going to react to everything you do! They wouldn't let you run their life....why would you let them run yours?

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on October 27, 2010
at 05:06 PM

I like the "training for something"... but I dunno how people would react to "training for life" around here.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on October 27, 2010
at 04:53 PM

Religion, good for a lot of things... Truth always is more complicated...

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on October 27, 2010
at 01:00 PM

********** like!

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on October 27, 2010
at 12:35 PM

"Hey, a couple of us were going to grab something quick, wanna go?" -- some pest trying to perforate my colon with neolethal grains and pressure me into diabetes with refined sugars. Is there some paleo solution to his attempted assassination? Help me, paleohacks.

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on October 27, 2010
at 12:00 PM

I tell them the truth: I am Gluten Intolerant.

I refuse sugar by reminding them I don't want to regain those 100+ lbs...

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on October 27, 2010
at 01:00 PM

********** like!

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1c4ada15ca0635582c77dbd9b1317dbf

(2614)

on October 27, 2010
at 09:33 PM

One of:

A simple no thanks. Repeated ad infinitum until the questioner gets it.

Claim an intolerance (better than the too specific allergy)

Take a bite, then spit it out or gag like you're going to hurl, then shout 'what the hell is in this?', and walk away

Take a miniscule bite and don't worry about it

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on October 29, 2010
at 08:31 PM

"Take a bite, then spit it out or gag like you're going to hurl, then shout 'what the hell is in this?', and walk away" Thanks for making me laugh.

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C2502365891cbcc8af2d1cf1d7b0e9fc

(2437)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:20 AM

I tell them to fuck off.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 27, 2011
at 11:53 AM

punch them in the f%cking face. (felt inspired by your answer, Wozza)

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89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on October 27, 2010
at 02:06 PM

Oh, I forgot, sometimes I say that "I'm training for something" (especially when in company of sport enthousiast). Somehow, people tend to accept that.

If they ask what I'm training for, I usually say something like "I'm training for life" (Erwan Le Corre was inspiration for this phrase). Or "I'm training for health".

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on October 27, 2010
at 05:06 PM

I like the "training for something"... but I dunno how people would react to "training for life" around here.

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

(1932)

on October 27, 2010
at 07:03 PM

Honestly, not trying to be bitchy, but you just can't live your whole life worried about how people are going to react to everything you do! They wouldn't let you run their life....why would you let them run yours?

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E91c7030cac0156b339c878afb5a9517

(225)

on October 27, 2010
at 01:58 PM

At work someone always bring donuts, cake, bagels or pastry. They put it in the coffee room so i don't have to worry about them pestering me but sometimes i bump into the person bringing it and i'm usually polite to refuse saying "Oh that looks so good but I just had a big breakfast, maybe later."

The people here have zero knowledge of nutrition and they bring in these food with good intention of feeding hungry busy coworkers. To say to them "oh that's going to make me sick" is a bit rude.

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89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on October 27, 2010
at 11:53 AM

Depending on how good you know the people:

"Do you smoke cigarettes if people offer them to you?" (if they don't smoke of course)

usually more like this:

"No thank you."

"Thanks, but really, no, thanks."

"Sure, I'm fine, I'm ok, thanks."

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064318b1b8e3a5d4b832daffeb2a7b8c

on October 27, 2010
at 05:59 PM

You should be able to tag along and enjoy the company. I usually don't eat or look for something Paleo friendly. Yes, I will be that person who nit picks about my order, so what!

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on October 28, 2010
at 06:38 PM

Hooray for nit-picking the ordering of food!

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1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on October 27, 2010
at 11:25 AM

I have found that no option really works other than saying "bread makes me sick." I actually feel pretty sick from bread and sugar gives me headaches so it's not really a lie.

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Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

on June 27, 2011
at 04:10 AM

Don't get defensive because that will start an argument you will absolutely never win. I like sticking with an answer that I believe whole heartedly but a non-paleo person will take as sarcastic like "I've turned into a paleo hippie and junk food murders paleo hippies." Get used to being looked at funny on this diet ;)

That or something much more simple like "I feel a lot better when I don't eat like shit."

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on October 28, 2010
at 06:35 PM

Before I went Paleo, I was practicing Alternate Day Fasting for over a year.

Example: I would eat FAST M-W-F, and FEAST on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

It took a while, but my co-workers got to the point where that always asked me if this was an 'eating day'.

When it was, I would join them for food, and when it was not, i would join them for company.

They even went so far as to shift my Take Me Out for My Birthday Meal over by one day so that I could stick to my MWF Fasting!
And I did not even need to ask them, it was a habit for them to support me in my wishes, no matter how 'crazy'. It certainly helped that we were in a Biology lab studying mitochondria and metabolism, they Knew why I was doing it!

I miss working there.

Just do your own thing and be able to explain why, people will support you if you are consistent about it.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 27, 2011
at 02:29 AM

Man Adam, you like the big letters

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:40 AM

I like playing with typography... Sometimes, I feel that there ought to be a *singing* tag.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on October 27, 2010
at 03:28 PM

Usually, I have no problem. I just say "No thanx." or "No thanx, I don't eat that kind of stuff."

However, I do have one related problem. My mother married a Phillipino and according to him, it is rude in Phillipino culture to refuse food, even if you hate it, are full, or don't want to eat it. He is OK with me refusing his food, but says that it could be a problem if among more traditional Phillipinos. Any Phillipinos here? Is it really that big a deal in their culture? My stepfather suggests I might try to take the food and then scoot it around on the plate and just sorta pretend to eat it, or to give it to someone else later. But that would be hard because the Phillipinos tend to give out a lot of food on a rather constant basis. (I swear, if you are walking out to the mailbox, they are likely to give you some snacks just in case so you don't get hungry and starve to death while walking across your front lawn!)

35b6ce9b7f9dda8d40d3e6a1812ab0a9

(439)

on June 27, 2011
at 02:52 AM

I want a mailbox near yours! Hello Lumpia!! I grew up with Filipino neighbors here and there through the years and they only gave out Lumpia. Even if I go whole-hog Paleo, I couldn't turn down lumpia, they would always be good to throw in the freezer and take to a pot-luck later. I've never had a close enough Filipino friend to know customs/traditions. sorry.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on October 27, 2010
at 03:01 PM

I have no reason to lie. I say "No thanks" when offered crap. If the person doesn't respect that, I give them the evil look that I've been perfecting since childhood.

I can also turn a situation into a positive opportunity to explain the paleo diet.

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on October 28, 2010
at 12:31 PM

I also never lie. I just sweetly say "No thank you". Over and over if I have to.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:18 PM

Yup, that's the key.

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E9f9bdeda51c838f941bee3e87baca8a

on June 27, 2011
at 01:46 AM

If no thanks doesn't work I pull out the I can't eat gluten card. Works like a charm.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on October 27, 2010
at 04:38 PM

@Eva, maybe claim allergy? I have an uncle that once refused camel testes (on business travel in the Middle East) by claiming it is against his religion; worked in that situation, but taking that route could get a little complicated!

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on October 28, 2010
at 02:50 AM

A lot of people know I am not religious so I am loath to try that. Besides, I really don't care to lie if I can avoid it. And I usually find that truth is less complicated than lies anyway. I guess part of what I need to know is how big a deal is this Phillipino cultural point. Is it really such a horrible nono or is my stepfather exagerating. I am wonder if I can skate by on just being an eccentric American with 'bad taste' hehe.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on October 27, 2010
at 04:53 PM

Religion, good for a lot of things... Truth always is more complicated...

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