They mean well, but my co-workers don't understand me. Every once in a while a manager or team member will bring in doughnuts or bagels to celebrate a project closing, or some other work related milestone. Sometimes it's cake, or cookies, or pizza, or candy. Now-a-days, I am easily able to dismiss these offerings, but early on in my paleo journey it was a struggle. I mean, I used to be the guy who came back in the early afternoon and clean up (read: eat) whatever was leftover. Plus, you don't want to be rude do you? Of course not. Here's a few simple strategies I found successful:
If there's food at someone's desk...
- Tell them "I'm sorry, I just ate, and am super full! I'll try to stop by later."
- Don't stop by later, unless you know the temptation is gone.
- Politely inform them that you brought your lunch and don't want it to go to waste. It is a leftover, and might be expiring soon.
- Or you can try "I just ate."
- This one's tough. Try "I just ate, I'm too full" might work, but depending on the team, they might peer pressure you to eat more.
- If you're a planner, plan to bring a paleo sweet to enjoy while others eat their diabetes. Often people just feel uncomfortable eating/drinking around somebody who's not.
- Tell them you're allergic, celiac, lactose-intolerant, etc.
- Tell them you're doing a paleo challenge and have to stay paleo for just 'X' more days.
- Tell them, I can't eat that, I have a big workout this afternoon.
- Tell them, you're not feeling well.
- Tell yourself that it's not REAL food. It's sugar, corn, and soy. Sugar = diabetes. They use petroleum to grow corn (read Omnivore's Dilemma). Soy leads to erectile dysfunction in men, decreased libido across both sexes.