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The art of declining food

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Okay vegans, vegetarians, and health nuts alike! The holidays are upon us and we do not want to give up values, beliefs, or routine just to feel like crap for a week. Do you ever go to some one else's house for a holiday meal and feel like everything there is staring back at you screaming "You must eat me to feel welcome here!" I know I have!

If your diet and values about food are important to you, then it is alright to politely decline food. No one is going to judge you or think that you are rude as long as you aren't! There is a difference between simply saying "No thank you" and "no thank you, I'm vegan/vegetarian/on a diet/watching what I eat." The former is simple and polite. You do not need to explain yourself. They may wonder if you are full, or if you aren't hungry, but that is fine. The latter implies that you hold some sort of ethical stance against what the people that welcomed you into their home are serving you. If you say that you are on a diet then you might be implying that what they fixed is not "healthy" enough for you. Many disrespectful things can be said about the latter. Let's just not go there!

The main thing, no matter your beliefs or lifestyle, is to be respectful and polite. No one cares about your stance against eating the turkey on the table. Remember, what is important to you might not be important to others. And that is okay. It's Christmas! Be nice!

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