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Day 6: Protect your program

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Today's topic is protecting your program. We all know of certain people and events that tend to pull us off track. Watch out for these situations, and have a plan of how to resist them.

If someone at work or at a party is pressuring you to try something edible you'd rather not, try the magic words, "Not just yet" or "I'm just going to wait a little while." This indirect route can be more effective than an outright "No thanks" which usually gets the response, "Oh c'mon, just try it!" or "I made it myself..." Saying "not just yet" deflects the food-pusher with the idea that you will get around to trying it eventually. (Hopefully they're not a persistent food-pusher who will check back in with you again later to see whether you liked it or not!)

Social pressure to eat, even when we're not hungry, seems to be everywhere, at least in my world. Whether we are guilty of being the food-pusher seeking validation for our food creations, or stuck as the "food-pushee" not wanting to hurt anyone's feelings by not eating their food, we can choose to spare the other person the embarrassment by taking a step back from our habitual positions.

In which situations do you experience the most pressure to eat more than you are willing to eat?
How do you deal?


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