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How to say NO when people are forcing you to eat

We all know how it feels to be around that pushy relative who keeps forcing you to eat! We know it is coming from a place of love, but you just decided to avoid certain foods because of a goal you are trying to achieve, simply detox or because certain foods just don't sit well with you.

At this point, how to say no?

Firstly, we don’t even realize why it is that people force you, right?

1) Empathise with the 'pusher'

People themselves need company. When they are eating something they consider ‘junk’ or ‘unhealthy’ – but because they love it so much, they tend to seek company. Remember the first time you bunked a lecture? It was always with your friends. Company makes it easier to do things which you essentially consider ‘wrong but fun’. So although they love the laddoos, they know there is some amount of guilt attached. Convincing someone to eat the laddoos or bunk the lecture with them, eases out that guilt and makes you feel ‘like you are not alone’.

2) Sometimes, it's just pure pure grandmother’s love

People have been expressing their love through food, for generations and generations. Food is celebration. In that sense, if it is something you DO LOVE, go ahead and take a bite. But do it because you want to indulge, do it because you want to feel the love, not because somebody is forcing you.

3) Learn to gauge

Do you really want to indulge or are you indulging because someone else wants company?

4) Make it your choice

Saying no to food that your body isn’t wanting- doesn’t make your love or respect for the person who is offering less. It doesn’t make you a bad person. It only means you also respect your own body and its needs also.

5) Gracefully saying no is also an art

It requires understanding your body, what it needs when and listening to those signals more deeply.


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