How do you ignore food that’s bad for you when it’s right there? An example is when I’m out with friends or if I’m offered food at school that is unhealthy. I always use the excuse that it’s rude to say no but really I just crave the food I’m offered.

Nia Y.
I understand where you are coming from because I used to do that. I set boundaries for myself for instance I try not to eat after 8pm. I make sure I eat at least something before going out with friends or anywhere there will be food. This helps me say no politely since I’m full and not thinking of eating. The shift for me came when I was able to shift the thought from the food to the company I was with. I am happy to sit there with a cup of water and lemon.
Mayra Q.
Well yeah, it's hard to stop craving for that type of food, but at the end I think it comes down to taking a moment and thinking if you need it or want it.
In the past I’ve deal with stress eating. I would even eat junk food out of boredom, but now if I get a craving, I first drink water (because usually thirst is mistaken with hunger) and then I try to find a healthy snack option, like some yogurt or veggies and fruits with lime and chili powder.
Nevertheless, it’s not so bad to accept or give yourself a little treat from time to time. But if you want to avoid accepting your friends offerings, you could bring mints with you and whenever you know is lunch time, eat one mint, that might prevent you from eating junk food because nothing tastes good right after a mint.
Good luck! 🙂
K Z.
Have healthy alternatives ready and eat those instead, I recommend nuts because they are filling. And keep a water bottle with you, sometimes when you're hungry you're really just thirsty.
Cassandra E.
I take a bite so I can taste it and not deprive myself. I deserve tasty things! However, I know that my body would not enjoy processing a whole portion. My goal is to always feel good – a taste or smaller portion supports that.
Ulisses A.
After a little while, it gets easier to say no. When you start to refuse to eat bad stuff offered to you, your friends will stop asking you as much.
Ethan O.
If its during the day I normally joke and say I am fasting and put on a Striaight face to sound convincing.. Or I just say I already had a heavy meal which might be too much for me..
Eric Y.
I say, "Thank you for thinking of me. No thanks. I'm committed to eating a specific choice of foods. I would love your encouragement to stay focused on my commitment. Is there anything you are working towards that I can offer my encouragement?"
Randie O.
It's hard and sometimes you give in, but I always think about the last time I ate whatever it is and how I felt after. Usually remembering how I felt sluggish or my stomach hurt or I just felt bad about it is enough to make me not eat it
Debbie Q.
I struggle with this issue as well, so I don’t have perfect answer. One thing I suggest is taking a small amount and really enjoying it. For example, if someone offers you cookies, take one, or offer to split one, and consciously enjoy eating it instead of mindlessly eating a couple. If your still hungry, maybe try asking for something better afterwards? (Hope this helps, I wish you the best).
Natalya X.
I’d imagine that my kidneys, liver, stomach and etc are like little babies or puppies and their lives totally depend on me. You don’t give a baby a big steak, or a can of coke would probably kill a puppy. You have to be very thoughtful and nurturing to them. so, sometimes it works)
Or I’d split apart the ingredients of the dessert I really want – and when you imagine you have to eat the half stick of butter, and half a cup of flower, then it’s not so appealing.
Lotte G.
I struggle with the exact same thing, even the same excuse. I have even found that most of my friends don't even get the unhealthy options when we are out, but it's become such a habit that i don't really know how to get out of it. Im trying though.
Tony O.
I don't ignore or avoid the food. If it's there, I'll have a few bites to satisfy the craving, and then move on. Practicing self control is more sustainable than abstaining.
Carla C.
I know exactly how you feel and this may not work every single time, but what I do is I try to instantly say "no, thank you!". After a bit of practice it'll start to come out naturally and you won't even think about it. Also, think about the reasons why you shouldn't eat unhealthy food: it's not good for your body; the more unhealthy food you eat, the more you crave; maybe you're trying to lose weight; or maybe you just want to start to be healthier. Either way, it's ok to say yes sometimes, as long as you don't forget your focus. You've got this!

ps: maybe you could start bringing your own food, like homemade oat cookies or fruit or a mix of nuts!

C Ntia Z.
Well i don't think that's really a problem for me, i usually don't hv restrictions with food, but with bad foods i just try to eat smaller quantities. Even when i crave such foods when i shouldn't I have a little bit just to satisfy my craving and that usually does the trick, instead of fighting the urge.
Nahomy Z.
I definitely feel you, i have been in that position so many times and personally im still pushing through on saying no to great food. I think it starts w a strong mind and really limit yourself. If you have a goal and you will stop at nothing to get it then always remember “if i give this up now, later i give myself something better” (your goal). Always remember to be polite of course and say “no thank you but I appreciate it” and it will slowly form a habit that will get you to your goal faster 🙂 xoxo hope that helped.
Bobbie T.
Be mindful of your craving and "ride the wave". The wave of craving will pass. And when you have successfully resisted the temptation celebrate and do a victory dance!
Victoria O.
I remind myself of how bad it feels when I’ve eaten something I knew my body didn’t want- bloating, breakouts, fatigue. And of course the guilt and frustration with myself. If I focus on the negative things accounted with the food rather than the positive I can weather the small storm. I try to focus on the long term goals I’m pursuing. If I get through this one tough moment I’m closer to my bigger goals. I find alternate rewards, healthier ones, like recently I started warming up oat milk and stirring in a spoonful of honey before bed 😊
Grace Y.
I remind myself that I have to make sacrifices if I ever want to see a change. I might really crave food that is offered to me, but I tell myself, "This won't help you achieve your goal of becoming a healthier person," then I eat something healthier that I enjoy, or drink some water.
Katie F.
You should work to remove cravings for those foods. If you just start refusing the food, it’ll become easier to do in the future!
Theresa W.
I always tell myself there is a better version of that food elsewhere and I’ll have it when I find it. For example, there is cake and cookies on the table at work, say to yourself in your head, there not as good as the cookies or the cakes that ….(mum makes, the bakery down the road, the ones we had on holiday) I’m going to save myself for when I have the opportunity to have the good ones again. I’m not wasting calories on anything but the best. And it works a treat ❤️
Nellie Z.
I try to put the emphasis on how my healthy choices make me feel. I know I crave that junk food but I am happier with my healthy choices because I feel good about myself for making them.
Howard J.
It is really hard, especially because you do feel it's rude to say no. I know I do. But realising that you crave those foods that you wouldn't normally reach for, and being aware of the social pressure, whether it's real or just in your head, is a great first step. Try to, when you find yourself in those situations, really notice how you feel. Do you really want the food now? Are you using the social situation as an excuse? If you are seriously craving the food, then by all means, go for it, and if it bothers you, just eat a bit less of it. If you're at a buffé of sorts, then practice taking smaller portions of the things you want to try, and know that it's okay to not try it all.
Maciel C.
To be honest, I'm pretty bad at it. But the best advice I ever got wait just to wait. Tell yourself you can have whatever it is, but you need to wait 15 minutes. Either someone else eats it first, you lose the craving for it, or you realize that it's something you actually really want and it's ok to have a sometimes treat.
Nilton N.
I believe that temptation is hard to overcome at time’s especially when there is food that we really want. If I have it I try not to guilt myself because I’ll have it and won’t enjoy it so I try to have some and enjoy it as much as I can and try to limit myself and if I went overboard I try to tell myself it’s okay we are only human.
Psyche N.
Per ignorare un cibo che mi fa male sicuramente la prima cosa che mi aiuta è iniziare a pensare se ho fame davvero o se vorrei mangiare quel cibo per puro sfizio. Se è per puro sfizio allora automaticamente penso che il mio corpo non ne ha bisogno ed è meglio così, non lo prenderò mi distraggo e ciao.
Se ho davvero fame e mi calerei il mondo sopra, allora è un problema. Potrei resistere se davvero sono motivata anche perché mi aiuta pensare a come mi sentirei dopo averlo mangiato. Avrei rovinato anche i momenti di soddisfazione. Però non potrei resistere a lungo se non ho del cibo salutare a portata di mano che possa placare quel senso di fame.
Mehraj Q.
Have you heard about this movie star called Katrina Kaif from India? She has fans loving her figure and looks. Very glamorous. I heard that she gets paid invites to be a guest in big size wedding and celebration parties. And I heard that she has coded in her contract that these invitees can not offer her food when she’s is visiting.
It’s very normal to eat what your friends and family offer you to eat. That’s where Fabulous advice of environment comes in practice.
First of all, learn to say no once and then let them chase you. Never say no twice. Once is enough. Second time say sorry. Third time say, “ you don’t want me to support me I my journey to be healthy”. Fourth time ignore and let the food lie on the table.

In corporate circles they teach you one interesting thing. If someone asks you something, doesn’t mean you answer that. Similarly if someone asks you to eat something, it is not a compulsory offer.

Ernest E.
It's hard. But I try to focus on the healthier options available and try to snack on them, so I won't be so hungry and thus so tempted to eat it. At bring-dish parties I try to bring one healthier option, so it will be easier for me (and others) to choose healthy. At school when we're offered chips, I've made it a habit to not eat them on any day, so it's easier because I don't have to make the decision every day.
Kathy N.
I think if it is the craving, I will try to curb that feeling, I would choose to not hesitate and reject directly, instead of being indecisive, because at the end I would most likely accept it because people will help to decide if I cannot. I find it perfectly fine if that is only a courtesy offer. If there is any occasion, like celebration, I would accept it, the smaller portion as possible, and bring home, or give it to someone else.
Maxime C.
For me, I just have small bites of things if I want it. Not much at all. Also, I carry small, low-sugar protein bars (1-2 grams) that give me a sweet taste and are filling between meals. Generally, if I have one of those, I don't want the other foods.
Evelyn R.
I struggele with same problem (also vegan)
Candy and bad foof in the hallcloset and fruite on a bowl on table nuts in a bowl on table. Out of site en good food in site thats helps me