See Food, Must Eat! How to Avoid Food Triggers and Stop Mindless Eating
Office CakeSurprise! It's Dora the comptroller's birthday, and someone has baked a cake.
Freeze! If you're watching calories, you shouldn't accept a slice thinking you'll have only a taste. "That's walking to the edge of the cliff, leaning over, and trying not to fall," says Schwartz. "Don't set yourself up like that." Instead, simply say, "No, thank you." You don't have to give a reason, and you're not being a party pooper for abstaining. "It's not right to put people in a position where they feel pressured to eat," says Schwartz. In the future, she adds, you might want to start a movement at your workplace for birthdays to be celebrated with bouquets instead of cakes.
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