Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, and for some it is a culinary competition. Your loving relatives serve up heaping helpings of great food… and guilt if you don’t at least try it. So if you’re trying to watch your weight and NOT overeat this holiday, try these creative ways to say no when it is pushed in front of you.
Here are my Top 10 suggestions:
- Your apple pie is indeed a work of art. So I think I’ll just admire it from a distance.
- I’d love some more sweet potatoes, but I’m marshmallow intolerant.
- Yes it DOES smell good, but that doesn’t mean I have to put it in my mouth.
- More turkey will just set off my narcolepsy, and I have to operate heavy machinery later.
- There’s just a little bit left so why don’t I finish it off? I’m afraid it will finish me off.
- I’m in a 12-step program. (You don’t have to say which one. Just say 12 steps and they will back off.)
- Try your green bean casserole? I’ve already got the top button of my pants undone. You want the zipper down too?
- With all due respect to Bill Cosby, there’s NOT always room for Jello.
- I would really like to enjoy that later when I’m conscious. Can I get a To Go box?
- My coach says I have to run a mile for every 100 calories I consume today. Are you trying to kill me?
And there you have it – the recipe for eating sensibly. Just take half-size servings, stop when you feel full, and use these creative ways to say no. Believe me… no food will go to waste (especially if you have dogs around.)
All kidding aside, it is a blessing that we have family willing to put love into cooking, and I am indeed thankful for all the friends and family I have shared this holiday with over the years… in moderation 🙂