It’s hard to politely decline bad advice sometimes.
Just as a little background, my office centers itself around food. We have pot lucks. We have office-bought lunches. We have events that are catered. We talk about what we had for dinner the night before, what we’re having for lunch that day, and what we plan to snack on in between. We share recipes, we share reviews on restaurants, and we share our food in the fridge.
In a recent discussion about food, a co-worker attempted to convince me that cheating every now and then isn’t bad, as long as you get back to your diet the next day.
What kind of addict thinks it will be okay for plan-ahead relapsing as long as you are sober from then on? I will not plan ahead to relapse into bad eating. I know it’s going to happen – we have to eat and we are constantly bombarded in all directions with food – but to plan ahead to relapse just seems like the most counter-productive behavior I can imagine.
I’ve learned to politely nod my head, smile, and walk-away when it comes to bad diet advice. It’s taken a while, though!