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Learn to say NO to junk


Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living!

So you've finally decided to stick to your healthy diet and lifestyle regime and not put a morsel of junk in your mouth? Oh but you just remembered that tomorrow is your boss's birthday party and Saturday is our friend's farewell party! How are you going to resist all that tempting, sinful food and refuse people when they offer it to you? God help you!

Don't you let such thoughts run through your minds especially after having mentally prepared yourself to transform your lifestyle and eating habits? Yes you do, and the only real problem is saying NO. The best way to do that is to stick to your promise of not touching unhealthy food and constantly remind yourself of that. This will take care of your cravings. But how would you convince people around you?

Like this:

They say: It's my specialty, you have to try it.
You say: I definitely will, in a bit.
This helps them to forget whether you have tried it or not and helps you to escape smoothly.

They say: It's really yum, you will love it.
You say: I already did! It really is delicious.
A lie that doesn't hurt anyone is a good lie. This can save you in the best way.

They say: It's just on holidays dear, why not indulge in it.
You say: I would like to celebrate more such holidays in a healthy state of body and mind.
This can come across as a big eye opener for them as well as a motivation to switch to healthier eating patterns.

They say: Come on, don't be so obsessed with dieting and weight loss.
You say: I am not obsessed, I am just mindful of what I eat.
Don't let their harsh words shake your motivation and willpower. Infact your will might influence them to be conscious of their own eating habits as well. Sometimes you have to deal with food pushers with a bit of straightforwardness.

They say: It's just a small piece, please have it.
You say: Sorry, I don't eat that.
It is difficult for someone to argue with you on your food preferences and this prevents them from pushing you further.

They say: One bite isn't going to kill you
You say: I'm sure it won't, but once I start I know I wouldn't be able to stop.
This makes it clear to them that you can fight your food weakness and can refrain from your favorite junk.

They say: But it's your favorite.
You say: It used to be, I am so over it now.
This gives them a hint that your preferences have changed now and no point in pushing you for it.

They say: One last drink.
You say: No, I want to drive back home safely.
Do not drink and drive is a law and no one can argue with you if you want to be follow it to be maintain your soberness till you reach home safely.

Don't be prey to people and their pushiness. Live in total control and wellness!