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Skillful Ways to Say No to Food Pushers

Reframing our attitude towards food pushers can be very challenging. After so many years of behaving a certain way and having automatic positive answers when we are offered food, it will be hard to change. However, it’s important to understand that it won’t always be this hard. Like any other skill, saying “no, thanks” gets easier every time you do it. At the end of the day, your actions add up

In this episode of What You’re Craving Podcast, Molly shares great ways to simply say “no” to food pushers. Molly explains that we need to be effective, express what we need and, if necessary, even rehearse what we’re going to say and what choices we’re going to make at events or parties, for example. People offering food impolitely says more about them than about you. The key is to make your needs a priority. 

Episode Quote

  • “When we’re making big changes in our life, sometimes we have to lose some people.” – Molly Carmel 

Key Highlights

  • We have to learn how to deal with food pushers, but it’s important to take into account that it will happen little by little and imperfectly;
  • Molly gives you some ideas and more skillful ways to say no to food, but at the same time being polite and appreciative;
  • Molly explains that in these situations it’s important to say what we need, say what we don’t need, and make our goals a priority;
  • If it’s a stress-induced situation for you, know that it’s completely normal and preparing and rehearsing to social events, for example, can help.

About Molly Carmel

Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the Beacon Program, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.

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