It seems to be particularly common around the holidays, but truthfully, this can happen any time.
You’re at an event, or a party, or a celebration of some sort, and there’s food all around.
But you’re dedicated to your healthy way of eating. You know exactly which dishes (if any) you can eat, and which fall on the “taboo” list. And you’re just fine with that.
After all, you’ve been eating this way for a while, maybe months now, and you feel okay with your choices. In fact, you’ve been celebrating how good you feel lately.
And then. . . someone asks you, “Why aren’t you eating the [insert specific food here]?”
They have a piece of chocolate cake, or some cookies, or a creamy crab dip, or something else on a plate, which they are holding aloft, looming in your face.
You try to explain, politely, that you don’t eat that kind of food. That you have a health issue that requires no sugar, no gluten, no. . . creamy crab dip.
But no. They simply won’t accept that as an answer.
“But it’s the holidays!” they insist. Or maybe, “Besides, this only happens once a year. C’mon, live a little! What is one bite going to hurt?”
It seems the more you protest, the more they shove the food in your face.
And then finally, you just take it, because. . . who wants to be the rudest person at the party?