It wasn’t until I started managing my weight that I discovered the phenomenon of Food Pushers. People who simply will not rest until you have eaten whatever they are pushing. It is frequently family, it could be your grandma, or even a co-worker, their motivations are sometimes innocent and other times pernicious, but this person seems to have a strongly vested interested in making you eat. They will pull out all the stops to see that your plan is undone.
The first step in dealing with Food Pushers is to recognize them. I didn’t even know of the existence of them until I had a food plan for each day – before I started managing my weight they weren’t Food Pushers they were just people urging me to do what I wanted to do anyway – eat too much tasty food. But once I started managing my weight and resisting their pleas the goals of Food Pushers became obvious.
I think everybody who manages their weight has to come up with their own tactics for handling Food Pushers. Here are some I’ve used:
- Tell the Food Pusher I’m not hungry, but thank you
- Just have a bite of whatever they’re pushing
- Ignore them
- Claim to not like that type of ice cream (or cake, cookies, lasagna, whatever they’re pushing)
I’ve heard tales of Food Pusher guilt trips you wouldn’t believe, but I don’t have too many of them myself. Guilt trips don’t work on me, and neither does peer pressure. I grew up The Fat Kid, I knew I was never going to be liked or accepted as a kid, so striving to be liked or accepted was a pointless endeavor. This has served me well as an adult.
I don’t know how you will handle Food Pushers, but I know that you, as a person who is working hard to manage your weight, need to be aware of them and have a few strategies for dealing with them.
So – what’s your best strategy for handling Food Pushers?