Around this time of the year people love to prepare and share food. Just because something is offered to you doesn't mean you have to eat it. If you do want it, eat it mindfully and enjoy.
"No, thank you." These three words are all you need to say when someone offers you a food you don't want to eat. It may because you don't like it, aren't in the mood for it, or simply aren't hungry. YOU have the power to choose what you do and don't eat.
Declining the food a person offers you does not mean you are declining their love or kindness. It can feel that way when others coax you with things like, "But I made it just for you" or, "Come on, it's the holidays." Even if something was made "just for you" you still don't have to eat it. And choosing not to eat a particular food doesn't mean that you are a holier-than-thou food snob. Others' reactions to your eating are their "stuff," not something you need to take on emotionally.
Listen to YOUR body this holiday season. It has a lot of wisdom.
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