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.
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"You're tiny. You can eat whatever you want! I gain 10 pounds just looking at food."
What you wish you could say: "It's not luck. I work really freaking hard for this body!"
Try this instead: Empathy is your best strategy in this scenario. "This is likely to be someone who really struggles with their eating," Dr. Albers says. "You probably know exactly how they feel. Try something that evens the playing field like, 'Yes! It is so hard to be around good food. I know it was really hard for me at first, but thankfully it got easier over time. I couldn't imagine that I could get a handle on my eating, but I did it!'"