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    Being a reporter is a tough job sometimes. I am invited to tons of things where there is free food. Sometimes I can manage. If I don't eat, people act offended, especially at smaller functions. Yesterday, I turned down a spaghetti lunch at an event I covered (and I love spaghetti). Today, I'm in the midst of a fast and a coworker just let me know there is pizza (from my fave pizza place in town, nonetheless) in the break room.

    Do I want to look like the majority of the people that eat said food? No.

    But, my coworkers often make snide remarks to me about what I'm eating or act offended because I don't want to partake in baby shower food or morning donuts. It may not help that I'm the youngest one in the office. The other women are a lot older than me and I work with a lot of men.

    At events or banquets, people practically try to shove food down my face. They also act offended if I don't want to eat. They don't understand; it's not that I don't want to eat because the food looks great! It's because I don't want to eat that kind of food.

    Same happens when I'm with family...but, anyways...

    How do you handle these situations? I know food allergies can be life threatening for some people, so I don't want to feign an allergy. Plus, these people have seen me partake from time to time. It's just irritating. I don't understand why people care if you eat or not.
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  • #2
    Small office environments can be frustrating, I didn't do well at the last one I worked at. You may consider playing the allergy card. Also, emphasize that you don't eat between meals. People will be offended but that's their problem.

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    • #3
      Edit: My editor just told me, "Go get some pizza! One slice won't hurt you!"

      Ugh. Eyes on the prize I guess!
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      • #4
        At my last job my boss brought in pizza and donuts almost every day, plus there were all kinds of snacks and flavored coffee-mate for the coffee. He was the kind of guy that I swear would break your kneecaps if you didn't partake. At the time I was not on this diet. I packed on a lot of weight working there. After a while I really didn't want it sometimes and would just lie and say I already had some when he came around ordering people to go get some donuts.

        At the place where I work now, we have a weekly breakfast and I'll eat the egg/potato/sausage casseroles if someone brings that, but if it's just muffins and pastries I'll just grab a cup of coffee and say I forgot and already had a big breakfast at home. It's always true. When I eat the casseroles I'm just being a pig and having 2nd breakfast.
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        • #5
          You could tell them that you feel you might be gluten sensitive and are trying to reduce those types of food for now? Most people won't argue with an argument that focuses on health and not weight loss.

          I'm kind of in the same boat. I IF almost everyday and my eating window doesn't open until later in the afternoon. I used to go to a lot of lunch events and I'm having to turn them down left and right. We always have goodies too but people are used to me saying no to them so they don't even ask me anymore. I have told a few people that I'm trying to be healthier and am cutting back on gluten and sugar.

          Good luck, that's frustrating!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by 13blessings View Post
            You could tell them that you feel you might be gluten sensitive and are trying to reduce those types of food for now? Most people won't argue with an argument that focuses on health and not weight loss.

            I'm kind of in the same boat. I IF almost everyday and my eating window doesn't open until later in the afternoon. I used to go to a lot of lunch events and I'm having to turn them down left and right. We always have goodies too but people are used to me saying no to them so they don't even ask me anymore. I have told a few people that I'm trying to be healthier and am cutting back on gluten and sugar.

            Good luck, that's frustrating!
            I agree with this-- when health is the priority people support much more easily. Adding in something like "I think when I eat a balanced breakfast at home prior to work I tend to perform better and have more energy at the end of the day for interviews (or whatever you are doing)" is also a good idea, as it reinforces that not only is your decision good for you, but it also will help your company.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 13blessings View Post
              You could tell them that you feel you might be gluten sensitive and are trying to reduce those types of food for now? Most people won't argue with an argument that focuses on health and not weight loss.
              I totally agree!!! I usually say these foods just make me feel soooo crappy, which is true.

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              • #8
                I've started using "wheat doesn't like me." How can that be argued with? It's not an allergy, but it will have unplesant side effects. If they push, ask if they want details
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                • #9
                  I just usually say... "oh, thanks... I just ate, and I'm not hungry at ALL!"

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                  • #10
                    The guys here at work used to give me crap, but now they just know I eat weird and have given up trying to convince me to eat their junk. I still get playful ribbing though.

                    I remember one conversation>

                    Supervisor: There are doughnuts out front.
                    Me: Ok, thanks. (I didn't go get one.)

                    An hour later...
                    Supervisor: There are doughnuts out front you know.
                    Me: Yeah, I know. I don't want one.
                    Supervisor: Oh go get one.
                    Me: I don't want one.
                    Supervisor: Go get one!
                    Me: I don't WANT one. I don't eat wheat.
                    Supervisor: GO GET A DOUGHNUT!
                    Me: NO!

                    The end.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                      The guys here at work used to give me crap, but now they just know I eat weird and have given up trying to convince me to eat their junk. I still get playful ribbing though.

                      I remember one conversation>

                      Supervisor: There are doughnuts out front.
                      Me: Ok, thanks. (I didn't go get one.)

                      An hour later...
                      Supervisor: There are doughnuts out front you know.
                      Me: Yeah, I know. I don't want one.
                      Supervisor: Oh go get one.
                      Me: I don't want one.
                      Supervisor: Go get one!
                      Me: I don't WANT one. I don't eat wheat.
                      Supervisor: GO GET A DOUGHNUT!
                      Me: NO!

                      The end.
                      Nice. I had something similar to this, with respect to pot pie. I've been able to tell, through enough exposure, the difference between a real egg crust, and a wheat-induced one. I luckily handed off the extra pot pie to a fellow eater, at this dinner function I participated in. I just responded, I didn't have any. Surprisingly, I didn't get any questions as to why.
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                      • #12
                        I'm just really blunt about it with my co-workers. They constantly have donuts and are ordering pizza. When they ask me if I want any or why I'm not eating, I just tell them the truth "I don't eat that crap." Kind of makes me feel good to be brutally honest. Plus I really don't care what my coworkers think about my diet. Most of them are overweight and unhealthy.

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                        • #13
                          For me, certain foods just *don't like me* and I never eat them in public~ or the company I'm with won't like me either! And grains give me eczema. I'm not willing to suffer a breakout just to 'fit in'.

                          Saying I have intolerances to certain foods is the basic, unarguable truth. My health is more important than someone's feelings.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for all of the suggestions! I wish I understood more...I mean, I don't care what my coworkers eat! If they want to eat fast food everyday for lunch, that's their business.
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                            • #15
                              I work at a newspaper too -- being a reporter is tough, sources always want you to have whatever they're having. I rely on the gluten excuse a lot too and, after a while, most people will just stop commenting or it'll backfire and they'll start to joke about how they haven't had enough gluten today... or that their breakfast was 100% gluten... I hope my coworkers grow tired of this soon.

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