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Saying No Now, To Say Yes Later

Eating healthily can pose its challenges. For me, it's not about the struggle to maintain a nutritious diet—I genuinely enjoy and appreciate what I eat. The real challenge lies in how others react when I politely decline certain foods. Whether dining out or visiting friends, the offer of a biscuit or a slice of cake is almost inevitable. Yet, I've learned to graciously decline (except for my mum's homemade shortbread, of course).

In the past, I would eagerly accept such treats, partly out of habit and partly to avoid causing offence. However, having addressed my sugar cravings, my priorities have shifted. I now choose foods that serve a purpose, nourishing both my body and mind. Saying "no" is no longer about making someone else feel good — it's a deliberate choice in pursuit of myself feeling good.

Recently, while on holiday, the temptation to indulge was palpable, particularly with wine readily available at lunch. Despite the subtle pressure, my husband and I stayed true to our commitment. Opting out may have earned us a few raised eyebrows, but it also meant saying "yes" to a day filled with vitality and energy.

When I decline certain foods, I'm not depriving myself—I'm choosing to say "yes" to:

  • More energy

  • Balanced mood

  • A productive day ahead

  • Physical activity and sports

  • Overall fitness and health

  • Quality sleep

Each "no" is a conscious affirmation of my well-being and a step toward a healthier, happier lifestyle.

How to say no:

  • be polite

  • don't justify

  • keep it short and simple

  • be assertive

  • if someone makes a joke of your health decision to say no - laugh it off, you know your reasons and that is enough

  • change the subject, if someone is insisting then start another conversation

Do you say YES at times to please when you really want to say no to cake, bread, crisps, alcohol or something else? Let me know.


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