How to say no to food you don’t want

We’re into that time of year when people will try to force food on you that you might not want. If you want it, have it, but if you don’t here are some handy ways of saying no:

  • Just say no thank you. Repeat if necessary, with a genuine smile.
  • Ask them to go ahead and order what they want, say whatever it is looks delicious and that you’ll try a bite of theirs if that’s OK.
  • Say their food is always gorgeous and even though you’re full at the moment you would love to take some home with you or have the recipe.
  • Say you love their company, you’re full and really don’t want to spoil such a lovely occasion by being uncomfy.
  • Move the subject on to something else that you know grips them.
  • If your partner is cooking encourage them to use serving dishes, it makes dinner more special and you can eat only as much as you need.
  • Also with partners say their food is always delicious and you really appreciate their cooking and don’t want to spoil the feeling by overeating.
  • Always sit near a Christmas tree for surreptitious plate clearing. Like “Cough. Ooh look at that big spider behind you!” WHAM, the food is in the tree pot 😉

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