How to say no to overeating

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:

  1. Your apple pie is indeed a work of art.  So I think I’ll just admire it from a distance.
  2. I’d love some more sweet potatoes, but I’m marshmallow intolerant.
  3. Yes it DOES smell good, but that doesn’t mean I have to put it in my mouth.
  4. More turkey will just set off my narcolepsy, and I have to operate heavy machinery later.
  5. There’s just a little bit left so why don’t I finish it off?  I’m afraid it will finish me off.
  6. I’m in a 12-step program. (You don’t have to say which one.  Just say 12 steps and they will back off.)
  7. Try your green bean casserole?  I’ve already got the top button of my pants undone. You want the zipper down too?
  8. With all due respect to Bill Cosby, there’s NOT always room for Jello.
  9. I would really like to enjoy that later when I’m conscious.  Can I get a To Go box?
  10. 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 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

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13 Comments on “How to say no to overeating”

  1. Rich Hopkins Says:

    a Toast to you, Mr. Goad. I love ‘marshmallow intolerant’! Great stuff(ing) today 🙂

  2. Rachel Says:

    in my culture we call it the “itis”…im looking forward to catching it this season. Stay blessed Mr. Goad. Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  3. Roland Takaoka Says:

    I got several good laughs with this post, David. I used to be a famous plate composer at the local buffets. I now know to focus on what I like most, and enjoy and savor the food. Also, slowing down allows me to get the feeling of being full without eating as much.

    Now I have some awesome ways to “just say no” to refills, without necessarily saying no!

    …the zipper… love the zipper one…

    Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!


  4. Stacey Says:

    Just remember when you are forced by some unruly relative to eat, eat, eat…… and they say “It’ll go to waste” —- remember that if you eat it all, it will GO TO “WAIST.” 🙂

    If that fails, say “Well, you are what you eat… and I don’t want to be a turkey.”

    And if will power alone and excuses don’t work, and you do eat that pumpkin pie … remember, pumpkin IS a vegetable and has plenty if antioxidants,beta carotene and fiber! 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  5. Arlene Says:

    Reminds me of the time that my Dad kept pushing one of my young cousins to eat more and more and more, and “try this” and “I didn’t see you have enough of that.” The poor kid felt bad about saying no, so he minded his elder. Then he threw up. There’s a lesson here…

  6. starr feeley Says:

    That’s awesome, but everyone remember, small dogs shouldn’t have human food, it can hurt them 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving, all!

  7. Ramona Says:

    Ahem…you DIDN’T mention how you’d say NO to Grandma Glisan’s noodles…moderation and noodles won’t likely appear in the same sentence, so I’m guessing you’d have a hard time saying no to them! 🙂

    Gobble gobble!

  8. Mike Pihlman Says:

    Moderation? I need to look that up…

  9. Sean Dyer Says:

    You funny guy!

  10. Becky Says:

    Hilarious! Really enjoyed it!!

  11. I’m with Roland, the zipper was my favorite too!! Great post David!!

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