No you didn’t. You had a choice.
I can’t tell you how many posts I have seen online that say something to the effect of, “So and so offered me [INSERT BAD FOOD HERE] and I had to eat it or it would have hurt their feelings.”
WHAT?? And then the comments following, “Oh, you did the right thing! You made that person’s day. You can get back on track tomorrow. It was sweet to consider their feelings.” And on and on. Enablers!
Really? Maybe I am just cold hearted, but I am not going to eat anything for anyone else. My health is more important to me than people’s feelings. I need to be alive for MY family and they are my priority. I really don’t care if someone went through the trouble of making something, if it isn’t Keto I am not eating it!
Where does this mentality come from? I believe most of the time it is just an excuse to “cheat” but I do believe there are people out there who sabotage themselves in the name of people pleasing. I do not understand this at all. If your child had a peanut allergy, would you tell your kid to go ahead and eat peanuts if they are offered to them, just so they won’t offend by saying, “No thanks.” No, you wouldn’t.
Carbs and sugar are toxic to me. Would one bite or one serving kill me? Not technically, but it could be the start of a downward spiral and it just isn’t worth the risk. For sure it would spike my blood sugar. It could cause me to crave. It could give me stomach pains. Really, it is okay to tell someone, “No thanks, I can’t eat that.” If they persist I would get extreme on them and say, “No thanks, really, that will kill me.” That isn’t a lie. Carbs and sugar caused me to be obese, diabetic, have high blood pressure and caused so many other problems in my life. I don’t owe anybody any apologies or explanations as to why I don’t want to eat what they are offering.
If someone is offended that I say, “No thanks.” that is their problem to deal with not mine. If friends/acquaintances are so sensitive that refusing to eat something bad is going to damage the relationship, then that relationship should be reevaluated. And if it is a stranger? Well, then they matter even less!! This idea that accepting their offer will make their day etc., just sounds so ridiculous.
Make your health your number one priority. Make the right choice. People who care about you, who want the best for you, would not badger you in to breaking your commitment to health.
Just say no. Really, it will be okay.