Quite often I come across people who are concerned about me not eating sugar. When I first quit it bothered me, however now I can laugh about it. As the “trend” to give up sugar is growing, I thought I would write a post to explain how to deal with these pesky people.
Who is This Post For?
For anyone who believes I’m at a massive risk of contracting an illness because I don’t eat shortbread. Or anyone who feels sorry for me that I “can’t have that piece of cake”. Or for friends who have me over and probably think “great, what are we going to feed this woman”. Or family members who maybe go for a drive to eat chocolate in secret (not mentioning any names).
Finally, it’s for anyone who has never met me and perhaps feels unsure about doing so in case I try to indoctrinate them into my cult.
A 10 Step Guide to Dealing with “Sugar Free” me
- I’m not in a sugar free cult. I don’t worship Sarah Wilson, although her book was the inspiration for me to give up the bad stuff. And she seems like a nice lady.
- Please don’t be offended by me not eating your cake. I’m sure you’re an awesome cook. It’s not you – it’s me.
- It’s not that I can’t eat the cake. I don’t want to.
- I don’t feel sad about not eating the cake. It’s ok. So don’t apologise.
- Food and I are now friends. We never used to be. So don’t worry about what I’ll eat and if I’m ok. I am.
- I won’t judge what you eat, so don’t stress. I might not eat it, but I won’t write a blog post about you (unless you are mean. Then maybe).
- When I tell you I don’t eat sugar – try not to look at me like I tried to sell you crack cocaine.
- If I get on my high horse about the subject – I’m sorry. Don’t mistake my passion for pushiness (or being a jerk). I get fired up easily, so sorry about that.
- If I do start to rant, it’s just because quitting sugar has made me feel so much better and I want you to too. Refer points 3 through 5. Humor me, and then change the subject to unicorns.
- Feel free to ask me lots of questions, as I love talking about it. Unless you do “the look” – refer point 7.
Hopefully this guide has given you some pointers on how to deal with someone who is sugar free. We might seem like a difficult bunch, but generally we are at a good place with food and don’t mind being near sugar. It’s not our kryptonite.
For anyone who hasn’t met me, do you feel more comfortable about it now?
And for anyone I’ve met whom I ranted to – sorry!
As a side note…every Tuesday I participate in a “link up” with the awesome Essentially Jess. It has suddenly occurred to me that I never, ever note that at the bottom of my posts. How rude (sorry Jess!!!). So here you go…please check her out (well her site at least).
Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.