Style Magazine - - Promotion - BY LIFESHAPE CLINIC

For those of us with health in mind, Christ­mas can be a chal­lenge. This chal­lenge can stem from in­ter­nal thoughts, the sights, smells, and all too of­ten, the peo­ple.

Yes, the peo­ple – your rel­a­tive with the ex­tra serve of pavlova just for you, or your well-mean­ing par­ents who dish you up a pile of potato ‘salad’. Be­fore you know it, your care­fully thought-out plan for eat­ing healthy is out the win­dow.

So, how do you be as­sertive of your right to eat healthy, and re­spond ap­pro­pri­ately?

Lifeshape Clinic di­eti­tian Nicola Moore has com­piled a list of easy, po­lite ways to say ‘no’ and stick to your plan:

"Oh, thank you for think­ing of me Nan. That Pavlova looks amaz­ing, but I am still feel­ing full from lunch, so I will wait a lit­tle while be­fore I take some."

"I love your potato salad Mum, and I bet it tastes ex­tra de­li­cious to­day. Would you be able to save me a por­tion, so I can eat it to­mor­row when I am not as hun­gry and can truly savour it?"

"Oh thank-you for of­fer­ing, but I’ve pre­pared some of my own dips and fruit salad that I would pre­fer to start with. You are wel­come to have some."

"No mate, I am right with my soda wa­ter and lime at the mo­ment. Thank you for of­fer­ing. I will let you know if I’d like a drink later."

"Thank you so much! Would you mind if I saved this for later?" Or, "would you mind if I saved this for my son? He loves these cook­ies!" "The DESC model pro­vides a guide for as­sertive be­hav­iour, specif­i­cally when ask­ing an­other per­son to make changes," says Nicola.

"De­scribe the be­hav­iour, ex­plain what the ef­fect it is hav­ing on you, spec­ify what you would like, and ex­plain what the con­se­quences will be for you."

So, there you have it! Some very prac­ti­cal ad­vice on how to han­dle to food push­ers this Christ­mas. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Lifeshape Clinic on 1800 567 348 or visit


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