10 "Food Pushers" and How to Respond
What to say to someone who makes your food their business
The holidays bring out the best and the worst behaviors around the dinner table. And while snarky, knee-jerk reactions to comments like "You sure can put it away can't you?" can be tough to resist, they also fuel the drama that can make your holidays anything but happy. We went one-on-one with Dr. Susan Albers, author of Eating Mindfully and 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, to find out the perfectly polite response for when someone makes your food their business.
What you wish you could say: "I'm not 12 anymore, mom! You don't have to babysit me."
Try this instead: Turn it into a lighthearted teaching opportunity, Dr. Albers says. "Make a fist, hold up your hand, and say, 'Did you know this is the actual size of your stomach?' It's amazing to think about how much we try to put in there!"