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Jennifer L. Nelson
Food & Party

Come on, one slice won't kill you!

Is there anything more frustrating when you're trying to lose weight than dealing with "food pushers" -- the people at your holiday gathering who tantalize you with treats and goodies ... and refuse to take no for answer? They offer you something with more calories you normally eat in an entire day, you respond with a polite "no thank you," and they retort with 10 reasons why you should still eat it.

It's hard enough to keep our healthy habits in check this time of year without others dangling cookies in our faces. Plus, we just may not want a second helping of Stove Top.

I'd be lying if I said I plan on counting calories on Thanksgiving. But there are some that are just so bad for you. Still, you don't want to offend your host (or, God forbid, your mother-in-law). So here are some tried-and-true methods for keeping "food pushers" at bay while still remaining your polite, charming self:

Tell a little white lie. You know that spinach-artichoke dip Aunt Mary is trying to plop onto your plate of baby carrots and wheat crackers during cocktail hour? Tell her you've already had some. When you have 30 relatives traipsing through your home -- especially if any are of the pint-sized variety -- are you really paying attention to who's eating what and when?

Postpone it. Tell your sister you're really looking forward to sampling that [insert insanely fattening dessert here], but you're going to have some later. After all, you're still digesting her fabulous green bean casserole.

Tell 'em you're full. Really play it up by rubbing your stomach and making lots of "yummy" sounds as you compliment the host on a delicious meal. You couldn't possibly eat another bite. And if the food pusher doesn't believe you, tell them you'll surely throw up if you try to eat so much as another morsel of cornbread.

Fake an allergy. I absolutely despise seafood. I know how healthy it can be -- and I wish I liked it -- but I just cannot stomach it at all. Yet some holiday hosts won't accept my disdain of seafood as a legitimate excuse for not diving in to the fried calamari with everyone else. Sometimes I'll tell party-goers that I'm deathly allergic to anything that hails from under the sea. Problem solved.

If all else fails, hide in the bathroom. If your mother-in-law is passing around greasy appetizers you'd really rather skip, and she refuses to accept "no" for an answer, you can't go wrong with an impromptu bathroom break. Powder your nose, brush your hair, adjust your cleavage, and by the time you rejoin the party, she'll probably have shifted to a new topic ... like when you're going to give her another grandchild.

What are some ways you deal with "food pushers" at holiday gatherings?


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