How to say "no" this Independence Day and EVERY day

I LOVE this suggestion from Jack LaLanne on how to say "no" when offered something that's not good for you, or when you've had enough to eat and are offered more. It comes from his his book that I'm now reading, Foods for Glamour, 1961:

Once I would fib when refusing the extra cream sauce and gobs of butter. I said I was having gall bladder trouble (which I've never had in my life) and my doctor wouldn't let me eat them. Now, however, I enjoy making up answers for these open-handed calory (sic) dispensers. "I have a terrible allergy. I'm allergic to looking in the mirror and seeing myself fat." Funny, but it always works like a charm.

You can also simply say: "No, thank you."

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  1. I say that it is bad for my diabetes, which is usually true.

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    1. I bet that works! For both you and them.

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  2. We almost always have a weight loss contest going for our weight loss chapter, so I just tell people that "I am in a weight-loss contest right now" and that works like a charm.

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    1. Marion, don't the food pushers counter that reason with "You? Why are YOU trying to lose weight? You are too skinny as it is?" ;) I am fortunate in that most of my social circle is well-accustomed to the way I eat and the reasons why and they don't make a big deal out of my declining (or accepting, when I do choose to eat something out of my ordinary) a certain food, or another helping, or whatever. But people who aren't all that familiar with my story (and, still, the occasional fat frenemy) say, "Come on! YOU can afford to eat this! You exercise every day! One treat won't matter!" And then it's on.

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    2. Norma, I also get that a lot from people unfamiliar with my eating. I explain that I can't have "just one" because for me certain junk foods are all or nothing. Usually they get it except for one woman who didn't understand why buying grocery store birthday cake (just cuz) and eating half of it in one sitting isn't a bad thing.

      Marion, from your photos I would also assume you'd get the You? Why are YOU trying to lose weight? You are too skinny as it is?"

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    3. **IS** a bad thing I meant to type.

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  3. Self control hasn't always been my strong point but I've just lost 11lbs and I don't plan on gaining that back so I hope I stay strong! On a side note I love Jack LaLanne. My dessert to night was something he suggested in a work out video I ordered of his, mashed banana with unsweetened coconut and 4 raw cherries. Yummy.

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    1. I love coconut and JackLaLanne! You are wise to being cautious about not gaining it back by jumping on the lose it-gain it roller coaster. I also find that self-control is a lot easier when I'm eating foods that satisfy instead of set off an addictive craving. That dessert sounds perfect and delicious.

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