ANTON NEWSPAPERS: The Holiday Food Pusher
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My most recent article for Anton Newspapers tackles the one and only Holiday Food Pusher! We all encounter food pushers around the holidays. Here is a short excerpt from the article, with strategies on how to fight off the food pushers and stay on track with your healthy habits!
The holiday season is finally here. Festive décor, holiday shopping and spectacular food are some of the many magical aspects of this time of year. Holiday parties start to fill up your calendar, making it a bit difficult to stay on track with your health goals. More importantly, food-pushers come out in full force during this time of year.
A food-pusher is a friend or family member who, although he or she may have the best intentions, persistently tempts you with a specialty decadent dish. The holidays are a time where food-pushing is not only accepted, but it is almost expected by our loved ones.
Everything in moderation is key; if a food-pusher is pressuring you to eat something that you absolutely love, by all means, enjoy that item and eat sensibly. However, if he or she is pushing a dish that you could live without, there are some strategies and responses to help you avoid giving in.
Start With Honesty
Although this isn’t necessarily the easiest option, you should make your best effort to be honest with that friend or family member. If he or she is receptive to you and your health goals, explain that you are trying to make an important lifestyle change. While this isn’t my only go-to strategy, it sometimes works with the right person as they respect your journey, and they may even start to share their own personal healthy efforts.
You’ll Try It Later
The holidays are all about hustle and bustle. Typically, the standard holiday party is packed with guests. Expressing to friends or family members that you are too full now but would love to try a bite of the dish later may help them get distracted and let you off the hook. You can always take some of their dish in a Tupperware on your way home instead.
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